I know a place where many earthen ponds have been dug with the aim of renting it to people.is it advisable for me to rent one? Find out

According to your question, it means many of you will have ponds on the same parcel of land. Well, as good as the idea seems the major problem you are going to face there is that of insecurity because making provision for security in such a setting will be too cumbersome. Some of the farmer may also be thieves. From similar experience, it doesn’t work out. The only counsel I can give is that if it is possible for you or at most two of you to rent the whole…

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How to keep cows happy

Brazilian study shows how small changes on farms can lower stress levels of cattle   Story Source: Materials provided by Springer. Corrals are used on livestock farms around the world to round up the animals when they need to be weighed or vaccinated. New research now shows that removing splashes of colors, shadows or water puddles from corrals, keeping noise levels down and not using dogs and electric prods can dramatically reduce the stress cattle experience. Maria Lúcia Pereira Lima of the Instituto de Zootecnia Sertãozinho in Brazil is the…

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Vaccination Program for Birds

Below is a guide on the lists of the vaccines and their route of administration for your birds: Vaccine Time Route ND I/O Between Day 1& 5 Intraocular or nasal Marek’s Day 1 Subcut (Usually done from the hatchery) 1st Gumboro Between Day 7 & 10 In water 2nd Gumboro Day 18 In water 3rd Gumboro Day 28 In water Lasota Day 21 In water 1st Kumarov Week 6 Intramuscular Fowl pox Week 8 Wing web jabbing Fowl cholera Week 10 Fowl typhoid Week 12 EDS Vaccine Before birds start…

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Fowl Pox Issues among Birds and how to prevent it

Most mistakes some poultry farmers make is trying to inject their birds themselves, always consult your consultant for a proper vaccination and the effectiveness of your vaccines on your birds depends largely on the proper vaccination measure used. Some poultry farmers always experience this and some even tell me that “I have given fowl pox vaccine to my birds but I will still see them having swollen eyes and combs with some black spots” What can you say about that? Well there are three major possibilities for this problem; first,…

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Bird flu in the Poultry Farm and How to tackle it

Often times I smile when some intending farmers walk up to me and tell me that they would love to raise birds but that they are afraid of bird flu, well you don’t need to be afraid of bird flu because it is just like any other diseases of poultry. The reason why there is a lot of noise about it is because it can affect human beings. Therefore rather than being afraid, try and know all the possible ways of preventing the disease from your farm. Thou as at…

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Coccidiosis in Poultry: Signs, How Often to treat and the right Drug to Use

Coccidiosis is a major problem of birds that are being raised on a deep litter system of poultry farming therefore how often you treat against coccidiosis depends on your litter management and your medication type. Farmers who use Livercox or immucox vaccine against coccidiosis will not need repeated treatment while those who do not will have to treat each time they notice signs of coccidiosis on their birds. The signs of coccidiosis that will be observed include: loss of appetite, brownish faeces which may most times be blood-stained, there could…

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Worm infestation in Poultry: Signs, How Often to De-worm and the Drug to Use

Often times poultry farmers ask how they would know if their birds are suffering from worm infestation, well the signs that will show you if your birds are suffering from worm infestation include loss of weight, their faeces may turn brown, may be blood-stained or live worms may be seen in their faeces. As for how often to de-worm your birds, it is recommended that you de-worm them first at 8 weeks, then subsequently you de-worm them once in every 2-3 months depending on your management system. Regarding the right…

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Introduction to Plantains and their Environment

Plantains (Musa spp., AAB genome) are plants producing fruits that remain starchy at maturity (Marriot and Lancaster, 1983; Robinson, 1996) and need processing before consumption. Plantain production in Africa is estimated at more than 50% of worldwide production (FAO, 1990). The majority (82%) of plantains in Africa are produced in the area stretching from the lowlands of Guinea and Liberia to the central basin of the Democratic Republic of Congo. West and Central Africa contribute 61 and 21%, respectively (FAO, 1986). It is estimatedthat about 70 million people in West…

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How to Treat Sore Hocks (Pododermatitis) in Rabbits

There is this very common problem in pet rabbits called Sore hocks which is also known as pododermatitis. This occurs when the bottom of a rabbit’s foot develops sores that eventually become inflamed and infected. Some factors that can contribute to sore hocks include: excess weight and wire mesh cage flooring. Sore hocks can be extremely painful for rabbits, making immediate treatment very important. Therefore, it is recommended that If your rabbit has sore hocks, treat its feet as soon as possible by using medication and addressing the underlying cause…

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Maturity Period and Harvesting of Pineapple Fruits

It takes pineapple 9months to be of sufficient mass (dark green in color) to produce a good sized fruit. At this point it is set for artificial inducement. NOTE:This period of time for maturity is particular by pineapples propagated by suckers only.▶Note; it is not advisable to plant pineapple on a lease or rented land because pineapples produce all year round.Plant it on your own land.▶ Cost Analysis on one acre of Pineapple Farm Purchase of pineapple suckers of 25,000 pieces is needed for one acre of land under standard…

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Ideal Spacing Required in planting Pineapples

Pineapple plants are usually set out in twin/double or triple rows. A spacing of 1m from center to center of beds/ridges, rows 60cm apart within beds/ridges and plants 30cm apart within rows is recommended (30 x 60x 100cm) giving a plant population of 55,000 plants/ha.  Ensure that your suckers are ready like 1week before planting. Peel off the first two-leaf layers of the root base so as to expose the young roots, thereby hastening growth rate. While planting, ensure to plant the suckers at a depth of 10 cm.

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