How to control Ruminants from destroying grasses where they graze

The way to control this is to do what is called “Rotational grazing”. If you have a fenced paddock where your animals do graze, it is not good to allow them access to the whole of the grasses at the same time. Some portion should be reserved while the other is being grazed on by the animals. In case of nomadic grazing, the areas of grazing should be rotated regularly to allow grasses maintain their freshness. There could also be times when paddocks are left ungrazed for some time. At…

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Introduction to Hydroponics Garden – A Guide for Beginners

Introduction to Hydroponics Garden - A Guide for Beginners

By definition, growing hydroponically means a grower isn’t using soil as a growing medium. In fact, the word hydroponics comes from Latin and means working water. The intent and scope of this article is not to provide a concise and complete set of instructions for growing hydroponically, but to provide a general overview of the various steps and processes so novice gardeners have a better idea of what may be involved. As always, do thorough research on each of the various aspects yourself to maximize your chance for success. All…

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The ideal Time to Take Ruminants out for Grazing

Find out what is the ideal time to take ruminants out for grazing The ideal time to take them out for grazing is the early hours of the morning preferably any time after 10.00am. This is because it is better to allow sun to rise so that eggs of worms attached to grasses would have been destroyed before the grasses are consumed by the animals. If they are not destroyed, the worm load of the ruminants will be increased and this is not good for their health. See also: Allowing…

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Allowing Ruminants to graze vs providing feeds for them in a confinement, find out which is better

Most times, ruminant farmers will always want to find out which is better between allowing the ruminant animals to graze on their own and providing feeds for them in a confinement. This depends on the purpose for which you are raising them, ruminants which are raised for fattening purposes only are hardly allowed to graze because it is believed that the energy used in grazing will be conserved and converted to muscles. Also, some farmers do not allow their animals to graze in an attempt to avoid the risks involved…

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The ideal feed for ruminants

Feeds, Water and Feeding Ruminants are purely herbivorous; they can survive solely on forages. In addition to forages, concentrates can be made available for them as this improves their general performance. Feeds can be compounded for them based on their nutritional requirements in terms of the purpose for which we are raising them. They do well with feeds like Brewery waste, dry cassava peels etc. See also: How Often to Clean a Ruminant Pen

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Goat Milk Production

The average lactation period for a dairy goat is 290-305 days. The full sized breeds can produce 6-8 pounds or 3 to 4 quarts of milk per day during their lactation. Dwarf breeds, such as the Nigerian Dwarf produce around 1 to 2 quarts per day if they are from good milking lines. Fat in goat milk tends to be higher than that of cow milk depending on the breed. Saanens generally produce a milk with 3-4% butter fat, similar to cow’s milk. Nigerian Dwarfs produce a milk with a…

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Interconnected benefits of urban agriculture

From a vacant plot in a blighted neighborhood springs neatly combed rows of plants put in by the neighbors. They meticulously care for this small piece of land and among the drab looking buildings sprouts a patch of green. Cultivating the land may have started as a way to unite a neighborhood; to give pride to place, or it might be the project of a local high school to teach land stewardship. The urban agriculture phenomenon has grown over the years for many reasons, each specific to the plot of…

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