The Important Records to keep on your Ruminant Farm

Ruminant Animals

There are many records that you have to keep on your ruminant farm among which is Date records which will show the date the animals were purchased, Birth Date which will show when any animal was born, Wean date which shows the date any of your animals was weaned, Death date which will show your mortality record when any animal was killed. etc. There should also be vaccination and treatment records where every vaccination or treatments given to your animals will be recorded, mortality record which is where any animal…

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The Best method of Raising Ruminants: Intensive and Extensive? Find out

The Best method of Raising Ruminants: Intensive and Extensive? Find out

Understanding the different livestock (ruminants) management systems is the first step to develop a good strategy. Management systems have a direct impact on production and diseases, this highlights their relevance. There are three (3) main livestock management systems: Mixed production Intensive farming systems “landless” Extensive production system 1) Mixed livestock production It includes both agriculture and livestock and it can be either intensive or extensive. Generally these systems exploit both irrigated or non-irrigated land and they are common in some parts of America, Europe and Asia. 2) Intensive Ruminant farming…

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Signs of Ruminant Animals on Heat

The Age Different Ruminant Animals get to Heat

How do I know when my ruminant animals are on heat? This has been a question commonly asked by ruminant farmers. Well there are some signs that the animal will begin to display when they are on heat which will enable you to understand that they are on heat. It should first of all be understood that when an animal is on heat, that is their time of sexual receptivity for example, that is the only time they allow a male animal to mate with them. When female goats are…

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The Age Different Ruminant Animals get to Heat

The Age Different Ruminant Animals get to Heat

Heat or oestrus in ruminant animals is the period when the female will accept the male and mate. There are signs which mark oestrus in all ruminants. Recognising when the female is on heat means you will know when to put her with the male or use artificial insemination. The age ruminant animals come to heat largely depends on their management. However, goat and sheep are supposed to come on heat normally after six months while cow should do same after a year. It is usually good to mate them…

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Number of Ruminant Animals to start with

Ruminant Animals

Some farmers always ask me “How many ruminant animals do you recommend that I start my farm with? Well, the number of ruminant animals you can start with largely depends on your capacity in terms of space and finances. Mostly, money spent on ruminant farm is spent on their housing and purchase of foundation stock. Their feeds are relatively cheap because they do well on grasses mainly and then concentrates. So, count the cost of housing and then purchasing the animals also budget some funds for feeding and with that,…

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