Mechanization of livestock production trends in Kenya

Livestock have always been an important part of agricultural production in Kenya. It contributes about 10% of Kenya’s GDP.Livestock production in Kenya is a key sector encompassing cattle, camels, goats and poultry. But mechanization for operations is limited. Most operations are manually undertaken. These include; feeding and watering, animal protection, milking, slaughtering and manure handling.Chores are tedious and time consuming in livestock production.But nowadays with the advancement of the modern era in technologies, machines have replaced all these manually driven tasks with the fully automated tasks. Mechanization of livestock production minimizes reduce all the hard work and hence increases the output.
At farm level, dairying is a labour-intensive activity, involving women in both production and marketing. Labour typically accounts for over 40 percent of total costs in smallholder systems. It has been estimated that for each 6 to 10 kg of additional milk processed per day in most countries, one working day is added for feeding and care. Data from Kenya show that in smallholder production there are in the order of 25 kg per working day. Promotion of increased use of machinery which farmers find user friendly and affordable is key to easing farm operations and removing drudgery in production.

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What Is Livestock Mechanization?

To meet with the needs of a growing modern society in which people are not willing for livestock farming, there is a need for the improvement of production technologies so that the output may increase to meet the demand of the society.Use of mechanical devices to handle all the processes of livestock management timely and accurately. Livestock machinery ranges from a watering unit to a large fully automated farm, including all the necessary implements from taking care of animals to the artificial insemination.
In livestock farming, handling the manure is considered the most challenging task, and milking is the most time-consuming. Thanks to modern technology, both these tasks can be dealt with livestock machinery.Without the livestock mechanization, it is almost impossible to manage a large number of animals on the farm.

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Possible Mechanization of Livestock Production Trends in Kenya

* Develop and validate farm machinery of higher output of forage harvest and grass bailing capabilities.
* Feeding and watering of animals at various stages of development; specific feed pellet machines are promoted for farmer adoption.
* Milking equipment mechanization, for hygienic and higher production efficiency.
* Manure handling machinery towards increased use for powering the farm operations and fertilization of the pasture plots.
* There is the incorporation of New farming technologies,expect to witness cattle being slaughtered by robots in large farms while drones being employed to monitor the movement of large numbers of sheep.
* In future Kenyans might be able to feed your animals that has remained at home with the touch of a button on your computer while your 10 miles away working.

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