Feeding Snails locally and How to Formulate Snail feeds

Snails basically feed on fruits like paw-paw both the ripped and the unripe pawpaw. Paw-paw provides the snails with vitamins but it is advisable to remove the leftovers after the day because it attracts insects / predators. Watermelon is also part of the fruits given to snails both the red (inside) and the green (outside) parts are inclusive and are being enjoyed by snails. Cucumber is not left out as it is also part of those fruits that snails enjoy most, the fruit provides the snails a lot of calcium,…

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How to Raise Snails (Introduction to Snail Farming)

  (Achatina Achatina)                                       (Achatina Maginata)   Snail farming also known as “Heliculture” is the process of raising snails for subsistence or commercial purposes. Snails are Hermaphrodites meaning that a particular snail can act as a male as well as also act as a female. There are two main species of snail commonly reared in Nigeria and some other countries that has lots of market value and relevance and they include: AA = Achatina Achatina and AM = Achatina Maginata. Achatina Achatina Snails are characterized by a tiger stripped yellow and…

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Sorting of Catfishes, The importance, How often it should be done and How it is done

In the course of raising fish whatever feed you give them and no matter your kind of management, fish are not likely to row at the same rate. Some will definitely grow faster than the other thus becoming bigger. Most of the time, bigger fishes do feed on the smaller one. So to prevent this, it is therefore necessary to sort your fishes. Sorting involve the process of separating the bigger fishes from the smaller ones. Sorting will also increase market price of your fish because you will have the…

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The Different Nutrients Required by Crops at each Growth Stage

The Different Nutrients Required by Crops at each Growth Stage

Let us look at the different nutrients required by crops at each growth stage, how they contribute to the growth of your crops and their ideal levels of applications. Growing happy, healthy plants is not always easy! Plants need thirteen different minerals from the soil in order to fully develop. Six of these nutrients are needed in large quantities. These six essential nutrients are nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, sulfur and calcium. See Also: The Difference between Manure and Fertilizers and How they Work WHAT DO THESE NUTRIENTS DO? Let us…

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How to manage waste from a fish farm to avoid causing nuisance to the neighborhood

Fish farming especially on concrete pond will become a nuisance to the neighborhood when the water being released from the pond is producing odor. Also, if the water from the pond is making the environment water-logged, it can become a nuisance and can cause unnecessary quarrel and misunderstandings in the neighborhood. To prevent your fish farm from becoming a nuisance, your farm must be we panned from construction stage so that the water-way will lead directly to a stream or somewhere that will not affect your neighborhood. Also you must…

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Begonia Flowers – All you need to know

Begonia Flowers are known for their attractive blooms, the Begonia is a timeless favorite among gardeners. it consists of more than 1,700 species. Begonias also make for good indoor plants if kept by a sunny window and watered regularly. Its sun requirement is both a Full Sun or Partial Shade sun and a well-drained soil Zones: 8 – 10 They grow up to a Height of about: 0.5 – 1.5 feet and Blooms in: Late Spring – Early Fall with its Deer Resistant unique feature. see also: Bee Balm Flowers – All you need to…

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Barberry (Berberis vulgaris) – Importance and Health Benefits

Barberry is a berberine-containing plant that is used to fight infections due to its antibacterial, antifungal and antiprotozoal properties. Barberry can also be used to prevent and treat diabetes, aid digestion, cleanse your liver and gallbladder, and improve your cardiovascular health by improving hypertension, cardiac arrhythmias and ischemic heart disease. According to a recent research that was being carried out on this plant, the Chemical compounds of Berberis vulgaris L. (Imanshahidi et al., 2008) are as follows: Table 1 Chemical compounds of Berberis vulgaris L. (Imanshahidi et al., 2008 ▶).…

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The Life-Span of Ruminant Animals

This implies how long ruminant animals can live before they die naturally. Well, being food animals, it is difficult to predict this because almost all of the time they are not allowed to reach its full age before they are being slaughtered. Therefore, knowing their life span may be difficult. However, I have seen sheep and Goat of five years and Cattle of fifteen years before. See also: Goats eating Nylon and What you should do

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Goats eating Nylon and What you should do

Of recent I got a question from a ruminant farmer that says “I discovered that my Goat ate a lot of nylon and is now very sick. What can I do? Well most of the time, animals that eat nylon usually die. The only option is surgery with which the nylon can be brought out of the animal. The reason why most farmers hardly do this is because of the cost of surgical operation most of the time higher than the cost of the animal itself. Lolz! However, if the…

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How to identify poisoned ruminant animals and how to tackle it

There are many signs that may show that an animal is poisoned. These signs depend on the type of poison and the extend of poisoning. In severe cases, the animal may just die suddenly without any previous sign. At other times, the animal may how in like vomiting, diarrhea, and may foam before eventually death if left unattended to. How to tackle it: This depends on the nearness of your consultant. If he/she is very near, you can call on the person for an appropriate attention. However, some first aids…

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How to castrate Ruminant Male Animals, the Risks involved and How to tackle it at the best age

Benefits of Castration: First and foremost, let us start by discussing the benefits of castrating your male ruminant animals. There are two major reasons why castration is done: First is to prevent the male from involving in mating activities with the female and secondly, to make the animal get fattened up on time. It is beneficial because the castrated male animal will then make use of all of its energy on building muscles and not for sexual activities which is a plus in fattening also, in case a male animal…

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