How to Ascertain the Quality of the Feed and Water to be served to the Ruminant Animals

In ascertaining the quality of feed and water to be used for your animals, there are a lot of factors to be considered. First is the source, find out how long the ingredients to be used for your feeds have stayed in the feed mill, check the physical features of the feed and water. These include the color, odor and if possible the taste. The final step is to take your feed and water sample to the laboratory of your choice for test.  It is in the laboratory that you…

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Importance of Feeding and Drinking Troughs for Ruminant Animals and How regularly they should be cleaned

Often times, most ruminant farmers ask: is there any need for feeding and drinking troughs for ruminants? Well first of all, you as a ruminant farmer need to understand that feeds and water for ruminants should not be placed at just any point in the housing unit. A well designed feeder and drinker should be provided for them therefore this literally means that feeding and drinking troughs for ruminant animals is very necessary as this will help in preserving the quality of the feed and make the animals feeds better.…

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Cattle Management: Salt Lick: iodized salt or compact mineralized salt lick, How often it should be used and why it is necessary

Importance of Mineral Licking Blocks in Livestock

Salt lick is usually given to ruminant animals to supplement for essential minerals needed by their body. Most of the feeds being consumed by ruminants do lack certain minerals especially those that are fed solely on grasses. It is therefore necessary that they are supplied these minerals through salt lick. Which one is better to use as salt lick: iodized salt or compact mineralized salt lick? The truth of the matter is that most compact mineralized salt lick contains more than sodium and chlorine (sodium chloride) whereas it is only…

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Guide on Starting a Watermelon Farm

Get Your Land Space The first step to take is to find the land you will need for the cultivation in a location where the watermelon plants can get six to eight hours of sunlight each day because you also need a large expanse of land to successfully run your watermelon farm.   2. Source for Seedling The next step to take is to source for healthy watermelon seedling. Farmers that already run their own watermelon farmers can supply you with healthy seedling to use on your own farm or…

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Regions where Oil Palms should be Cultivated for Maximum Profit

Oil palms are cultivated in the regions where they grow well and where there are oil mills. To enhance the performance and growth, the oil palm needs a region 1.Where it is hot all the year round The oil palm grows well where it is hot all the year round: between 25 and 28 degrees C. If the temperature drops, the oil palm produces fewer leaves and is more often attacked by diseases. It therefore yields less. A hot temperature enables the oil palm to make many leaves and to…

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Cashew’s Individual Concerns

Oxalate Content Cashews have consistently been determined to have high oxalate content. Oxalates are naturally occurring organic acids found in a wide variety of foods, and in the case of certain medical conditions, they must be greatly restricted in a meal plan to prevent over-accumulation inside the body. Our comprehensive article about oxalates will provide you with practical and detailed information about these organic acids, food, and health. Cashews and Food Allergies Tree nuts, such as cashews, are among the eight food types considered to be major food allergens in…

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Nutritional Profile and Introduction to Food Rating System Chart of Cashew

Cashews are an excellent source of copper and a good source of phosphorus, magnesium, manganese and zinc. Introduction to Food Rating System Chart of Cashew In order to better help you identify foods that feature a high concentration of nutrients for the calories they contain, we created a Food Rating System. This system allows us to highlight the foods that are especially rich in particular nutrients. The following chart shows the nutrients for which this food is either an excellent, very good, or good source (below the chart you will…

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How to Select, Store and Enjoy Cashew

Cashews are generally available in prepackaged containers as well as bulk bins. Just as with any other food that you may purchase in the bulk section, make sure that the bins containing the cashews are covered and that the store has a good product turnover so as to ensure its maximal freshness. Whether purchasing cashews in bulk or in a packaged container, make sure that there is no evidence of moisture or insect damage and that they are not shriveled. If it is possible to smell the cashews, do so…

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History and Description of Cashew

Description Cashew nuts are actually seeds that adhere to the bottom of the cashew apple, the fruit of the cashew tree, which is native to the coastal areas of northeastern Brazil. Cashew apples, while not known in the U.S., are regarded as delicacies in Brazil and the Carribean. The seed we know as the kidney-shaped cashew “nut” is delicate in flavor and firm, but slightly spongy, in texture. You have probably noticed that cashews in the shell are not available in stores. This is because these nuts are always sold…

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Cucumber Farming Business in Nigeria – A Step by Step Guide

Cucumber is one of the most popular vegetables widely consumed by every Nigerians in East, West, North, and South and in other countries. Individuals whom are into Cucumber Farming business in Nigeria can testify how lucrative this business could be and the pleasure of investing in it. So if you are interested in agriculture and looking for a good agricultural business to venture into in Nigeria, then you might want to consider cucumber farming business in Nigeria. Cucumber, (Cucumis sativus) is known as a part of the Cucurbitaceae family and…

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How to Cultivate Hybrid Maize in Nigeria

Maize, also known as Corn is one of the most useful cereal crop in West Africa, foods made out of maize is very nutritious as it is an important source of carbohydrate, protein, iron, vitamin B, and minerals, and is known to digest very quickly. Most Africans tend to consume maize mainly as a starchy base in a wide variety of porridge, pastes, grits, and beer. The Green freshly harvested maize cob is eaten either roasted or boiled. In many Western countries like the USA, maize is used mainly for…

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Nutritional Profile and Introduction to Food Rating System Chart of Cabbage

Cabbage is an excellent source of vitamin K, vitamin C and vitamin B6. It is also a very good source of manganese, dietary fiber, potassium, vitamin B1, folate and copper. Additionally, cabbage is a good source of choline, phosphorus, vitamin B2, magnesium, calcium, selenium, iron, pantothenic acid, protein and niacin. As described earlier in this food profile, cabbage is also a unique source of several types of phytonutrients. Its overall antioxidant activity is largely due to its unusual phenol and polyphenol content. With red cabbage, these polyphenols include antioxidant and…

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