As a beginner, would you advise me to start raising my fish from fingerlings or juveniles stage? Find out the answer

In fact, I love the choice of your words. Using “a beginner” has made the answer to the question very simple. I will like to advise that as a beginner, you start raising your fish from juvenile stage because by then, they would have grown to a level where managing them will be less stressful. It takes more experience to raise them from fingerlings to juveniles without having much mortality. So as a beginner, start with juveniles so that your mortality rate can be greatly reduced. Also note that fingerlings…

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Which is more lucrative: Production of Fingerlings/Juveniles or Raising them to Table size? Find out

The answer to this question is more of your interest rather than what each entails. Sincerely speaking both has its advantage and disadvantages and both could be very lucrative if properly harnessed. However, I will like to say that the risk involved in fingerling/juvenile production is minimal because the time lag between production and sale is short. Also, fingerling/juveniles production could bring money at short intervals if there are enough market outlets. Nevertheless, handling of fingerling/juveniles production needs more attention and expertise more than raising them to table size. This…

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8 Steps to Successful Perennial Pasture Establishment

8 Steps to Successful Perennial Pasture Establishment

The reliable establishment is vital to ensure high levels of production and longevity from perennial pastures. Perennial pasture seeds are generally small with seedlings that are delicate and slow-growing compared to most crops and many weeds. Greater care and attention to detail is therefore necessary to establish perennial pastures successfully. The following checklist of eight critical steps will help you achieve successful establishment and reduce the risk of failure. Optimum sowing times and species will vary with regions but the principles embodied in these eight steps will remain the same.…

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Can you raise Catfish (Clarias) and Tilapia in the same pond at the same time? Find out the answer

There is nothing wrong in raising the two together in the same pond. However, enough information must be gathered about the features of the two fishes so that you not have a problem, in handling them. For instance, Tilapia normally multiply very rapidly than catfish and as such, if care is not taken as to know the right time to introduce them into the pond, they may become a problem to the catfish which will bring more money. They are better introduced into the pond when catfish would have grown…

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How to Grow Fodder in 6 Days and Feed your Cows on the 7th Day

How to Grow Fodder in 6 Days and Feed your Cows on the 7th Day

Mr Charles Ndegwa tends to use his hydroponics crops at his farm in Kiambu. PHOTO | GAKIHA WERU | NATION MEDIA GROUP In Summary I took my time to look for alternative methods that farmers in developed countries use to feed their animals during droughts. What do they do differently to increase and sustain milk, meat and egg production without increasing costs? I asked myself. In Australia, I discovered, they started using hydroponic fodder in 1940s. By the 1970s, other countries like India, Canada, America and South Africa had adopted…

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What type of fish is economical to raise? Find out

In Nigeria for instance, Catfish (Clarias) command more market price than others that could be raised because it is consumed by the vast majority. It is used especially in the preparation of pepper soup which is a delicacy to a lot of people. So in the choice of which type of fish to raise, I will strongly recommend the production of catfish more than the others. See also: How cost effective is it for me to be pelletizing my own fish feed? Find out

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How cost effective is it for me to be pelletizing my own fish feed? Find out

It is not only cost effective to be pelletizing your own fish feed, it is also safer because then you will be sure and ascertain the quality of the raw materials you are using to produce your fish feeds. You will be in control of all that happens to the feed you are serving your fishes. All you need to do is to purchase a pelletizing machine that can be used in making the feed for your fishes and it may not so much expensive as they vary in sizes…

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