One very lucrative, yet highly overlooked source of good farming income is beef farming. Most people consider dairy farming but never give a thought to this option which is less involving and equally profitable.
On this post, we will discuss this cattle farming option and who knows, you might just change your mind :).
Want to Realize Massive Beef Production? Here Are Some Beef Farming Best Practices
Beef farming in Kenya is a kind of livestock rearing which involves keeping cattle for the purpose of meat production rather than milk production. If you are looking for the best beef farming practices, then this is the best place for you. Below are some quick beef farming tips for you.
The Best Management Practice for Hay
Feeding your beef cattle on hay is one of the best practices you can implement. In Kenya, there are two seasons of the year; summer and winter. In either of these seasons, feeding your beef cattle on hay helps supplement other feeds and lowers your production costs.
Beef cattle consume less hay compared to dairy cattle. They also waste less of it. Therefore, applying the technique of round bail creation may even lead to more hay savings while also saving you on feed management for these meat animals. Round bale is very convenient as it enables you feed hay to your cattle for many days.
How Can You Manage Hay Waste In The Most Brilliant Way?
Research has indicated that if cattle is fed a controlled amount of hay daily, feed waste will reduce substantially. Hay and manure, if allowed to accumulate at a poorly managed feeding site can result in an increase in fecal-borne bacteria infections. This pollution can be reduced by following a few of the best management practices listed below.
• Changing feeding sites multiple times during the season.
• Compositing feeding sites to kill all harmful bacteria present
• Burning feeding sites at the end of every season
• Locating round bale feeding sites far away from riparian areas to protect the watershed areas from being reached by runoff from the feeding site.
• Use better feeding equipment to reduce hay waste or limit the time of access the cattle has on hay.
Beef Farming Best Practices For the Herd
There are many management practices a farmer can implement to improve time management, profitability and efficiency in beef production. Some of these practices include controlling the length of breeding season. A breeding season of 75 days allows the farmer the chance to concentrate on other activities that save labor and time.
Here are some advantages why you should do this.
a) Reduces the number of times your cattle is gathered for deworming, vaccinations and other activities.
b) Uniformity in calf production
c) Development of the most optimized feeding program and increased chance of matching availability of forage with requirements of the herd.
d) Efficient control of cattle during calving season.
e) Facilitates better record keeping that is vital at the time of decisions making related to culling.
Management Practices Best For Pastures and Forage
The most common beef farming formula in the World is the use of pasture and forage. Plants combine nutrients beneficial to animals extracted from soil and sunlight through the photosynthetic processes. One of the most popular strategy being used to establish grasses that are long living is the use of conservation tillage. There are many benefits of conservation tillage that includes a reduction in time and labor needed to manage crops.
Use of Legumes in Rotation
Legumes are a vital component of a grazing system. Rotating non-legume crops with legume ones will show improved production. Legumes can help improve soil conditions, provide nitrogen for the crop that follows, reduce disease cycles and reduce erosion. These plants also help in breaking insect cycles and potentially improving profits.
Following these simple beef farming best practices in Kenya will ensure that you end up with a successful beef farm that will not only attract good market rates, but one that will be the pride of other farmers in your area.
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