How far a Ruminant Farm should be from Residential Areas

Ruminant Animals

The distance of a ruminant farm from residential areas depends largely on the type of ruminant being raised and the size of the farm. Sheep and Goat have been raised very close to residential areas without much problem apart from the fact that most of them are usually raised in small number using extensive system of management. This due expose them to roaming and its attendants risks like theft, accident, maiming etc. however, to raise cattle and even sheep and goat in large number will need an intensive system of…

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Daily Feed Requirements for each Growth Stage of the Birds

Guidelines for The First 7 Days of Brooding Day-Old Chicks

Farmers should maintain the right feed quantities for chicken at each stage of growth as shown below: — An egg-laying chicken requires 130-140g of feed per day. — A chick requires a minimum 60g per day. If they finish their daily rations, give them fruit and vegetable cuttings to ensure they feed continuously. — Young chickens (or pullets) which are about to start laying eggs should be fed 60g for 2 and ½ months and then put on layer diet (140g per day). Supplement the feed with vegetables, edible plant…

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Maize pest exploits plant defense compounds to protect itself

A new study explains why biological control of the western corn root-worm has not been efficient The western corn rootworm continues to be on the rise in Europe. Why attempts to biologically target this crop pest by applying entomopathogenic nematodes have failed, can now be explained by the amazing defense strategy of this insect. In their new study, scientists from the University of Bern, Switzerland, and the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology in Jena, Germany, show that the rootworm larvae are able to sequester plant defense compounds from maize…

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How to Prevent Flies on a Ruminant Farm

The issue of how to prevent flies on a ruminant farm has always been a very big challenge to most ruminant farmers because flies do multiply rapidly where dungs are piled up on the farm. So to prevent this, always maintain good hygiene by ensuring the following measures: Ensure to pack their dungs and prevent them from becoming breeding site for flies. Let their housing be washed as regularly as desired and in case you are still being disturbed by flies after this, then go for drugs like pour-on that…

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How to Introduce New Animals into your Ruminant Farm

Methods of introducing New Farm Animals into your Ruminant Farm Let us discuss how you can handle the introduction of new animals into your ruminant farm Please note that from whatever source they are coming from, it is not advisable that you introduce new animals directly into your ruminant farm because they could introduce disease to your farm therefore, it is necessary that new animals are quarantined for at least a week before they are added to the animals on your farm and during this period, the new animals are…

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