Beef Farming

How to make hay from Brachiaria Push-Pull plots

Apart from providing the day-to-day fodder requirements for the farmer, excess forage from Brachiaria can be dried and stored as hay for use during the dry season when pasture is scarce to maintain milk production.

Brachiaria is better than Napier in push-pull technology

Brachiaria grass is slowly replacing Napier grass because it grows fast with less water. It produces 18 to 20 tonnes of forage per acre and has been found to tolerate dry conditions better than Napier grass.

Brachiaria helps farmers produce high quality forage

Brachiaria grass is slowly replacing Napier grass because it grows fast with less water. It produces 18 to 20 tonnes of forage per acre and has been found to tolerate dry conditions better than Napier grass.

Build your beef farming enterprise gradually

The article ‘Raise bull calves and sell them for meat’ generated interest from readers. Many of the enquirers wanted to know the breeds suited for beef, what feeding options are available to farmers, and general information on what it takes to establish a beef rearing enterprise.

Raise bull calves and sell them for meat

A number of TOF readers have asked if it is possible to start a beef enterprise using bull calves from dairy farms. Beef farming is a profitable venture because of the huge demand for beef which is currently not being met through local production.

Know your pasture grasses: Brachiaria, a high quality fodder grass

Originally from Africa and bred in South America, Brachiaria grass is gaining popularity among cattle farmers in Kenya. The grass is credited with helping to revolutionalize the Brazilian beef industry. The grass has found its way to Africa, and a ready home in Kenya.

Sahiwal: Easy to handle dual-purpose breed

Sahiwal is a breed of Zebu cattle, which is loved for its ability to give high quality milk with high butter fat content. It is fairly resistant to tick borne diseses and thrives in arid and semi-arid areas where pure exotic breeds find it difficult to cope.

Kenya has a great potential for beef farming

With about 80% of Kenya’s landmass being arid and semi-arid, beef farming is a viable way of using land, which would have otherwise been left to lie fallow. This article provides insights on rearing Boran cattle for beef to spur farmers to take advantages of opportunities in the beef industry.

Know your pasture grasses: Nandi Setaria

Nandi setaria has the greatest range of adaptability of all tropical grasses (altitude 0-3,000m above sea level). It performs well in high rainfall areas with 900-1825 mm per year. The grass can also be grown in transitional zones and arid areas through irrigation.

Fleckvieh: Why more farmers want this cow

Farmers need to know that it is only through proper management and feeding of Fleckvieh dairy cows that they can get good returns from this breed. In 2011, we featured the Fleckvieh dual-purpose cattle breed and since then thousands of farmers have acquired it.

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