Here is a great article on making dairy meal at home with a ready to use example.
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It’s now a common fact that you should know if you are interested in dairy farming. Any cow fed on grasses alone will never achieve its full milk yield potential. You must therefore supplement the forage with concentrates.
Currently there is a great variety of concentrates in the market. All may be good but there is one disadvantage of using them. They are expensive. With a 70 kg sack going for more than Ksh 2700, the most profitable thing you would be resorting to cheaper alternatives to minimize your costs.
Commercial dairy meal is produced by mixing different feeds so that the final feed is relatively high in protein (about 16%) and has a good (but not overly high) amount of energy. Dairy meal is often expensive, and may not be cost-effective, especially if the quality is sub-standard and the farmer has to pay transport costs. It is possible to make a better quality and more cost-effective mixture mainly using ingredients grown on the farm.
Contrary to what feed suppliers will tell you there is no magic behind making concentrates. the trick is in using the right ingredients and mixing them in the right proportions.
Different ingredients contain different levels of major nutrients such as protein, energy and minerals. A mixture must be formulated to balance the nutrients to form part of the animal’s total diet and tailored to suit its particular requirement relative to the kinds of forage that are available. The information here is intended to be used as a guide. If you are in any doubt about what is best for your circumstances, please contact me for more advise.
High Protein Feeds available in the country
If your can properly mix ingredients from the three groups above, in right quantity, then you have your concentrate at lower cost and in some cases better quality than what you get from the market.
To make 100 kg of the supplement use:
To make 100 kg of the supplement use:
The farmer makes a saving when using homemade dairy supplement instead of commercial dairy meal as shown below:
There 3 types of feeds used in layers production namely:
Chick feed either in form of mash or pellets recommended from day old to 8 weeks of
age. Each chick will consume 2kg during this period
A growing diet offered from 8 weeks to 18 weeks of age. Each grower will consume
about 8kg during this period
Layer feed offered from 19 to 75 weeks of age giving 120g of feed per day. The bird
will have consumed about 45kg of feed.
NB. The above quantities are a guide and will vary depending feed quality and level of feed
In a poultry enterprise cost of feed is very important as it constitutes between 70% and 80% of total costs. It is therefore important that any feed wastage should be avoided as much as possible at it will constitute unnecessary feed expenses.
Yes there has been a lot of interest in the dairy goat in this country especially the past year. Personally,I have been asked several times about dairy goats, how much land it takes to raise them, what to feed them, and how to manage them. I hope this article is going to answer all your questions.
You should try keeping goats because of the following reasons:
Goat’s milk is good and tasty! Goats’ milk is more nutritious, easy to drink and is a richer food because it has more calcium, phosphorous and chlorine than cow’s milk.
You are likely to use goat milk at home so that the family gets the best milk – if there is a cow many farmers will sell the cows milk for cash and make sure the family gets the goat milk to drink!
you have all heard someone say it. Goat’s meat is very tasty and it is juicy and eaten often by many people. More and more people are learning about how good goat’s milk, cheese and yoghut are so there is growing market
Goats’s milk is better for the family as it has a “high Nutritional Content” This means it is very high quality food and very good for young and old. Some people cannot drink cow’s milk. They have an allergy to it. Nobody is allergic to goats’s milk
Goats also have a much lower feed cost in comparison to a cow. One cow will eat as much as 3 to 6 goats, depending on the breed and needs of the individual goat. Goats will happily eat shrubs, tree backs ant bushes cows will not, Goats win every time with a lower cost of upkeep. Three goats are much cheaper to raise and keep than even one cow. Goats are also more gentle and less messy than cows.
In Kenya as a dairy goat farmer you don’t have to worry about processing because the market for raw milk is there. and the demand is huge. Currently goat milk sells for between Ksh 80 and Ksh 100 per liter, more than double the cost of Cows milk.
In quantity of milk you get daily, goats are not much far behind cows. A good breed would give you up to 7 liters a day and in a country where local breeds produce 2 litres a day, this is a much better alternative.
Goats require less labor and time per head compared to cattle
Goat house is simple and cheaper to build than a cows house. With a good design such as one shown you have less labor requirement, and better health.
This is a simple guide based on a recipe from the ministry of livestock, on value added livestock products that will not only earn you income but save you more and provide you with a home-made remedy that is safe yet effective. Our main focus is value addition of honey which a popular livestock product (bee)
Dosage: Adults: 2 – 3 tbsp every 3 hours.
NB: The mixture is most effective on the onset of the cough/flu
Currently owning land is an issue. If you happen to stay in a compound, no landlord will allow you to dig his his land to construct a fish pond and this has been the dilemma of many who would love to venture in this lucrative business and have no land.
There have been new developments within the country where you do not need to dig a fish pond. There is new method of constructing a simple fish pond and can be done anywhere. The system called raised pond system by Inspired farming solutions uses local materials and polythene to construct ponds measuring 4M by 4M by 1M deep that can hold up to 1000 catfish or 500 tilapia. All you need is a wooden frame and polythene liner
Note the wooden frame from local materials.
The liner used on the pond has a life-span of about 30 years with another local company offering 6 year warranty on the liner
After adding the liner and adding water to the recommended levels, as per a professional advice, you bring in the fingerlings and fish farming begins.
Fingerlings will come at 10/= . At maximum, 1000 fingerlings will cost KSh.10,000/=
The liner for this kind of pond will be 2M (width) X 4M (length) X 1M (height) will be about 25 square meters maximum. A 1m2 will cost about KSh.150-200/=.Depending on the gauge of the liner.
If you come from a cold region, they supply a cheap green house at Ksh 20000.