Livestock

New organic supplement for poultry launched in Kenya

Henry Ambwere with staff at Molaplus Limited factory. The company is developing poultry supplements that boosts weight cut feeed costs and tame aflatoxin spread from poultry to humansAnimal feed manufacturer MolaPlus Limited have introduced an organic supplement that claims to improve the nutrition of poultry without the use of chemicals

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Zimbabwe's poultry farmers benefit from protein producing maggots

maggots Dario LoPrestiFarmers in Zimbabwe have been seeking new food sources to keep their animals, birds and fish alive as the country is hit with its worst drought in 25 years


According to Lovemore Kuwana, an entrepreneur in Zimbabwe, prices for maize and soy-based feed have risen due to shortage. This had led Kuwana to produce maggots that feed on waste to provide protein for his breeding flock of 120 free-range chickens and 1,000 quail.

“I have struggled to find nutritious feed for quite some time now,” said the entrepreneur.

“The birds can’t resist the worms,” he added.

The industrial process of producing stock feed that contains maggots, using a number of tanks in a purposebuilt structure — produces five times less greenhouse gas emissions than soy or maize stock feed, according to Chinhoyi University research.

"We have been producing a sizeable amount of maggots that are killed in the biogas digester, dried and then mixed with the maize-based feed we produce," stated CEO Ephraim Whingwiri.

The mixed feed, which can also be given to pigs and fish, is given to around 300 chickens at Zim Earthworm Farms.

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Mobile app brings fishers, stakeholders together

fish Dietmar TempsThe Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries says the Abalobi social media application has expanded to include stakeholders who are driven to address challenges facing small-scale fish farmers

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Heat stress and evaporative cooling in poultry

poultry BukhanovskyyLaying hens and broilers perform best within a temperature range of 11-26°C. The behavioural and physiological changes that occur with progressive temperature increases beyond the top end of this range are well documented

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Namibia’s strategy to support NCA livestock producers

cattle NamibiaA new strategy to be rolled out by the Namibian government is set to address the critical market shortage of livestock producers in the northern communal areas (NCAs)

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