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End of year Kenyan Farm Tour and Training – Kenran Dairy – 12th December 2018

omigo magera farm

Theme: How to run and manage a modern day dairy farm on a small piece of land.

The farm that started with 6 dairy cows in 2016 is to day the hub of 85 dairy cows comprising high yielders, low yielders, in-calf heifers, and unweaned heifers housed in different sections of the unit depending on age and development stage. Utilizing modern innovation technology in milking and preservation, Kenran Dairy is one of the most technological advanced farm in Kenya today.

*From the high investment in computerised milking machines, to the high standards of hygiene practiced by the farmhands; everything spells Europe-style class here.*

The cows here listen to slow jam & classic music, undergoes pedicure, shaving to keep them clean and sleeps on cow mattress to ensure comfort hence more milk production.

 

Related: 6th Mushroom Training – Bannie-El Mushroom Farm in Limuru – 24th November 2018

 

That is what best describes former South Mugirango MP Omingo Magara’s farm tucked deep inside Ongata Rongai. His one-acre farm is an example of how to run a modern-day dairy unit.

One of the biggest headaches for large-scale dairy farmers is safe milk preservation and boosting their milk yields while maintaining their profit margins. Because majority of them lack affordable milk preservation equipment and machines, some end up using dubious methods to achieve this goal.

The farm, having partnered with EuroDairy supplies innovative dairy equipment’s such as coolers and milking machines from Muller — a farm equipment company in Netherlands. Hon Magara also runs a fully stocked state of the art facility that stocks modern dairy farming equipment’s, spare parts and general cow comfort such as cow brushes, cow shaving machines, hoof cutters, cow magnets and detergents for washing milking machines, all which are key to boost milk production

Expect to learn on the following

• Dairy farming as a business
• Production and herd structure
• Housing
• Spacing
• Animal health
• Calf rearing/young stock management
• Feeds/feeding management
• Groupings and requirements (lactating, dry cows, calves and heifers)
• Cow comfort and efficiency
• Herd management
• Adoption of technology
• Socio-economic management
• Staff management
• Challenges

 

Payment Details
Farmers Trend
Mpesa Till Number 201677
Then send confirmation details to +254 706 222 888

Charges per head 4,000/=

Inclusive of transport from Nairobi, writing materials and meals

 

 

More Details about the farm. Omingo Magara The Dairy Farmer

 

MORE PHOTOS OF THE FARM

 

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6th Mushroom Training – Bannie-El Mushroom Farm in Limuru – 24th November 2018

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To learn more on Mushroom farming we have organized the 6th mushroom training and farm tour at  Bannie-El Mushroom Farm in Limuru.

In broad, the mushroom training will cover the below details:-

  • Cost of production
  • Structure design
  • Preparing compost
  • Substrate preparation and mixing ratios
  • Sterilization/pasteurization (decontamination) of substrate
  • Inoculation (spawning) and conditions
  • Incubation
  • Maintaining conditions
  • Soil casing
  • Management
  • Fruiting process
  • Harvesting
  • Storage
  • Marketing
  • Challenges in production and marketing
  • Cooking preparation recipe

CHARGES PER HEAD

  • 3,000/= Exclusive of transport
  • Payable to Farmer Trend mpesa till number 201677

check more about the farm HERE

CONTACTS: 0790-509684

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Hydroponic production farm tour and training – 17th October 2018

Hydroponic farming

TRAINING SCHEDULE AND WHAT TO EXPECT

What is the meaning of hydroponic
What are some of Importance/advantages of hydroponic over soil culture

 

Introduction to the different Hydroponic Systems which include:

  • Hydroponic Fodder System
  • A-Vertical System
  • Deep Water Culture System (Floating Raft System)
  • Trough (Media Based) System
  • Nutrient Film Technique (NFT) System
  • Strawberry Towers

Fodder System

  • Procedure of Growing Hydroponic Fodder
  • Feeding Ratios to different Livestock
  • Structural Considerations

Deep Water Culture System

  • Materials Consideration
  • Crops Suitable for the system
  • Nutrient Solution Management
  • Spacing Versus Crop Production

A-Vertical System

  • Advantages + Challenges
  • Crops Suitable for the system
  • Nutrient Solution Management

Trough System

  • Structural Consideration
  • Crops Suitable for the system
  • Nutrient Solution Formulation
  • Drip System Maintenance
  • Temperature + Humidity Levels

 

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NFT System

  • Structural Consideration
  • Crops Suitable for the system
  • Nutrient Solution Formulation
  • Temperature Levels
  • pH and Ec Levels

Strawberry Towers

  • Structural Consideration
  • Nutrient Solution Fertigation Schedule
  • Temperature Levels
  • pH and Ec Levels

Contact us for details, bookings and any clarification
John Kiruthi: 0790-509684
David Gitonga: 0722-481838

 

Check more on hydroponic farming

 

 

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DAIRY GOAT – Farm tour & training 10th November 2018

Our November farm tour and training will focus on DAIRY GOAT FARMING as business in Kenya. The training will be held at Shamba Dairies – one of the leading and well managed dairy goat farm in Kenya.

The farm located in the heart of Kangema town is the home of 40lts of dairy goat milk per day, with the champion goat producing 5litres of milk per day – a feature many dairy goat farmers in Kenya dream off.

The farm has three breeds of goats namely Alpine, Toggenbergs and Saanens.

Shamba dairies is among the few farms in Kenya that completes the entire value chain, It has a small yoghurt processing unit fully dedicated to goats’ milk yoghurt production.

Feeding, which they mostly grow on the farm includes proteins such as desmodium, lucerne, calliandra, green leaves, which is constantly in their cages.

This tour and training offers those with an interest and new entrants to goat farming an opportunity to learn the success behind Shamba Dairies.

 

Read Also: How to make Silage for your Dairy Cows in Kenya

 

The event is organized by Farmers Trend in collaboration with Oxfarm Organic. We are dedicated in promoting agri-tourism in Kenya, showcasing the success of this modern farms that started from a humble background.

 

Contact us for details, bookings and any clarification
John Kiruthi: 0790-509684
David Gitonga: 0722-481838

 

See more details on the poster below

 

 

About Dairy goat farming :

 

 

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DAIRY FARM TOUR; 11th August 2018, Tujenge Dairy Farm – Embu County

Oxfarm.co.ke in Collaboration with farmers trend and FarmExpose Event Embu County

 

Next farm tour and training to be held at Tujenge Dairy Farm in Embu County

Theme: How to run and manage a modern dairy farm on a small piece of land.

WHAT TO EXPECT DURING THE FARM TOUR & TRAINING

Expect to learn on the following
  • Dairy farming as a business
  • Production and herd structure
  • Animal health
  • Calf rearing/young stock management
  • Feeds/feeding management (TMR system)
  • Groupings and requirements
  • Cow comfort and efficiency
  • Herd management
  • Adoption of technology
  • Socio-economic management
  • Challenges

CHARGES PER HEAD

  • 4,000/= Inclusive of transport (to and from Nairobi), Breakfast, Lunch and Writing Materials
  • 3,300/= Exclusive of Transport
  • Payable to “Farmers Trend” Mpesa TILL number 201677 {Buy Goods & Services Option}

 

ABOUT TUJENGE DAIRY FARM

The farm was started with only two cows in 1977 by David Wachira. Located at Mutunduri, about 5km from Embu town off the Embu-Nairobi highway, sits Tujenge Farm, a modern dairy outfit with towering credentials.

The farm currently hosts 500 dairy cows and has extensively employed technology, some sourced from abroad, to reap maximum benefits.

From the gate, one can see how orderly the four acre farm is. A third of it is under zero-grazing while the rest hosts storage facilities and offices.

At the zero-grazing unit, each shed holds cows depending on their ages and status. For instance, there are sheds for 12line milking parlor that milks 12 cows at-ago, for calves, heifers, a maternity wing and a sick bay.

Each cow has a cow mat, with the sheds being cleaned thoroughly twice a day.

Only 200cows are being milk, with a herd average of 35litres, the farm produces 7,400litres of milk everyday, with airline industries in Kenya being their major client as explained by David Wachira – The founder of the farm.

After milking, the produce is then chilled to around 2 degrees Celsius for preservation so that the milk reaches the buyer when it is at 5-6 degrees Celsius.

 

“Getting good milk, in both quantity and quality, is all about giving the animals the correct concentrates and feeding them right. One should also keep proper records and make good managerial decisions, including being financially prudent.”

 

Tujenge Farm has up-to-date records that capture every single activity on the farm. They include records on reproduction, growth or weight, health, mating, feeding and finances.

The employees always monitor the animals to detect and record when they are on heat, when they are served and when they are about to calve.

To ensure their animals get the right feed concentrate, the farm produces its own dairy meal that consists of whole grain maize, cotton seedcake, sunflower, fishmeal, salt lick and a mixture of quicklime, among other ingredients. The cows’ feeds consists of a Total Mixed Ration (TMR) that comprises of silage, lucerne, hay and dairy meal mixed with molasses. TMR combines forages, grains, protein feeds, minerals, vitamins and feed additives mixed to make a specific nutrient concentration.

They mix the ruminal magnet with feeds and offer them to the cow. The cow swallows the magnate and it lodges in the omasum, the third stomach, where it is retained in an animal’s entire life, with its function being to capture metals that the cow might swallow. The farm has received several awards, national and international.

 

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Wambugu Farm ATC Event

Wambugu Farm Training on Tree tomato value addition

Oxfarm (oxfarm.co.ke) in collaboration with tamarillo farm mweiga (tamarillo.co.ke) and Mkulima wa Nyeri Farm are inviting you to Wambugu farm ATC to learn more on value addition on tree tomato fruits.
This in an annual event that take place in July every year. We will have samples for those who will visit our stand to get a taste on our various products.
Some of our products are;
  • Jam,
  • Juice
  • chili sauce and
  • fresh fruits.

 

Tree tomato Jam

 

We will also explain different processes the products undergo in our factory located in Mweiga.
We will also have agronomist who will teach farmers on the best ways on management of the plants and also availability of grafted tree tomato seedlings.
some of the thing to learn are;
  • Cost Analysis, Business Plan and Returns
  • Nursery Establishment Management and Care
  • Grafting Techniques
  • Transplanting, Nutrient requirements and Farm preparation
  • General Care and Maintenance
  • Pests and Diseases
  • Grading and Packaging
  • Production and Marketing Challenges
  • Value Addition

 

We will sigh contracts with farmers who want to join us to farm this profitable crop.
For any questions and direction contact 0706 222 888 / 0723 662 773
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uvZdPW5h0Uo&feature=youtu.be
Planted grafted tree tomato seedling
Planting Grafted Tree Tomato
Tree Tomato Fruit
Grafted tree tomato plant
Packaging fruit for processing
Packaging
Final product
For any questions and direction fill the below form or contact us 0706 222 888 / 0723 662 773
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Farm Expose- Dairy and pig farming farm tour at Makuyu

DAIRY AND PIG FARM TOUR

Any farmer interested in dairy farming and animal rearing should join us as we hold our end of year agro-tourism. Agritourism is about touring farms where small scale farmers and largescale farmers are getting it right. This December we have organized to visit Kefa Farm situated in Makuyu Muranga County. Many are a times, that we as farmers have “tried” dairy farming without the right knowledge or information of what we are supposed to do to make the best returns. Almost every home in in rural area in Kenya owns a cow, but how much does it give you? Are you a slave of your own cow?

Many will concur with me that most of the times we feed these cows and get almost nothing out of them. A time has come when we no longer have to view owning cows as a source of prestige and respect but make money out of them.

Therefore, Farm expose in conjunction with Oxfarm Organic and Farmars Trends have decided to treat our farmers with the best tour of the year. Interested people are required to pay 2500 before 3rd of December 2017. However, those with their own means of transport are required to pay 2,000. This Agritour day comes with a treat of Nyama choma, writing materials, farming brochures and many more. Interested parties are required to be in Nairobi town on or before 7:30 am on that material day. Those who will be training us have a lot lined for us and they request interested people to be at the farm before 9:00 because they intend to start early and finish early.

ABOUT THE FARM

Kimani, a farmer, owns Kefa Farm which sits on 1.25 acres and you will simply pass while not noticing it because it lies in good harmony with the other farms dry, somewhat abandoned. However, this farm produces more than 1400 liters of milk daily. He owns more than 200 zero–grazed cows where 60 are lactating some produce between thirty five and forty five liters daily.

The farm is situated on a slope ideal for waste disposal and conjointly sells heifers and carries out embryo transfers. It has gained name as a supply of pedigree cows and a ground for coaching farmers on dairy farm management. Situated during a semi–arid space of Makuyu in Murang’a County wherever temperatures average 21.7°C and receives 836mm of downfall annually, the farm is showing new opportunities within the preponderantly rain–fed agricultural zone. Kimani credits its existence to the 2007/2008 post-election turmoil that saw several displaced individuals settled within the region pushing up demand for milk.

Then the farm was solely with one cow and an employee. The steady rise in demand for milk created Maine devise ways that boosted the farm. Kimani notes that he spent KSh 90,000 on building a cow barn for 5 animals and acquired 2 Holstein cows at KSh 40,000 each. Since then, he has never looked back.

His heard grew to eighty-two in 2014, however he had to cut back the quantity to sixty-four because of restricted house and deficiency of feeds. The farm sank its own borehole and expanded by getting an added adjacent acre and another four acres wherever heifers are bred. He conjointly leases alternative farms to grow fodder.

Kimani improved his skills in animal care, health and farm management by attending agricultural trainings, visiting alternative farms, researching and came up with a program to develop the abilities of his ten employees. In addition to the sixty-four cows, the farm has over 120 pigs and chicken.

The farm has four departments every headed by completely different persons. These are stores, sales, production and milking. Every head features a full mandate to rent casuals and build alternative choices. They report daily to Kimani by filing updates to a central system wherever all managers will access the knowledge. For example, the shop head will caution close at hand shortage of feeds or the milking head will send alert on an exact animal noted for declining production.

The animals are hosted on half-acre, with the cowsheds divided into sections that embrace steamers, milking, maternity and calves of between zero and 3 months and another for winnowers aged six months. The winnowers are taken away of the most farm to a different within the neighborhood wherever patrons simply access them. At the so much finish is associate degree isolation section for the sick animals.

Kefa Farm conjointly keeps bulls for slaughter, with the quantity presently standing at twenty-five animals of between one and 3 years. They take concerning one year to mature deliberation between 800 and 1,000kg. One body yields between 650 to 700kg of meat every going for Sh320. Kimani, currently a successful dairy farm conversant, receives over ten calls daily from farmers across the country together with from Kisii, Kiambu, Meru and Kericho.

He conjointly follows up his callers and people who visit his farm permitting them to consult him frequently. Kenyans not got to mystify dairying by attending to Israel for lessons. Israel is here at Kefa Farm

 

NOTE: “Seeing is believing” We could tell you more but we know that you are eager to come and share your views with us as we all learn on how to become better dairy, chicken and pig farmers. Tell a friend to tell a friend.