Livestock – Malcolm Blue Farm http://malcolmbluefarm.com/ Tue, 27 Sep 2022 14:05:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://malcolmbluefarm.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-14.png Livestock – Malcolm Blue Farm http://malcolmbluefarm.com/ 32 32 Siri Jagan panel calls for review of livestock census methods https://malcolmbluefarm.com/siri-jagan-panel-calls-for-review-of-livestock-census-methods/ Tue, 27 Sep 2022 14:05:00 +0000 https://malcolmbluefarm.com/siri-jagan-panel-calls-for-review-of-livestock-census-methods/ Expressing doubts about the number of stray dogs as estimated during the livestock census, the S. Siri Jagan Committee called for a review of the methods adopted to count canids. The panel raised this concern in its reports submitted to the Supreme Court last week. Incidentally, the Supreme Court is expected to issue an interim […]]]>

Expressing doubts about the number of stray dogs as estimated during the livestock census, the S. Siri Jagan Committee called for a review of the methods adopted to count canids.

The panel raised this concern in its reports submitted to the Supreme Court last week. Incidentally, the Supreme Court is expected to issue an interim order on the stray dog ​​issue on Wednesday.

Census

The 19th livestock census of the livestock department, which was conducted before 2016, had estimated the animal population at 2,68,994. However, the latest census of 2019 puts it at 2,89,986, indicating an increase of just 20,992 individual dogs.

The committee has reason to doubt the accuracy of the census itself, since the increase in the stray dog ​​population is not proportional to the increase in the number of stray dog ​​bites and the increase in consumption of vaccines and immunoglobulins used for post-exposure prophylaxis in the state, the report points out.

Dog population

The slaughter of dogs has been prohibited since 2001 and animal birth control measures are not effectively implemented in Alappuzha, Kottayam, Ernakulam, Thrissur, Kozhikode and Kasaragod. Yet the dog population in these districts would have decreased, which may not be the case in reality, given the number of stray dog ​​bites reported in these districts, the panel reported.

A female dog gives birth to eight to 10 puppies twice a year. Considering this aspect, the stray dog ​​population must have at least doubled in the state in the past six years, he pointed out.

The consumption of vaccines and immunoglobulins used for post-exposure prophylaxis, distributed by Kerala Medical Services Corporation, showed a 57% increase in the year 2021-22 compared to the year 2016-17. During the same period, consumption of equine rabies immunoglobulin increased by 109%, the panel noted.

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A livestock sector capable of generating 33 trillion naira a year ― FG https://malcolmbluefarm.com/a-livestock-sector-capable-of-generating-33-trillion-naira-a-year-%e2%80%95-fg/ Mon, 26 Sep 2022 17:11:37 +0000 https://malcolmbluefarm.com/a-livestock-sector-capable-of-generating-33-trillion-naira-a-year-%e2%80%95-fg/ The Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Ernest Umakhihe, said the Nigerian livestock sub-sector has huge economic potential worth over 33 trillion naira per year. which should be explored and exploited. Umakhihe revealed this during the inauguration of the Edo Chapter of the Animal Science Association of Nigeria (ASAN) […]]]>

The Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Ernest Umakhihe, said the Nigerian livestock sub-sector has huge economic potential worth over 33 trillion naira per year. which should be explored and exploited.

Umakhihe revealed this during the inauguration of the Edo Chapter of the Animal Science Association of Nigeria (ASAN) held in Benin on Monday.

He noted that the subsector was estimated to contribute about 17 percent of agricultural gross domestic product (GDP) and 5 percent of national GDP.

“As we all know, the livestock sector is vital for the socio-economic development of the country and it represents an important source of high quality animal protein.

“It provides about 36.5% of the total protein intake of Nigerians, generates employment, income and earns foreign exchange for the country.

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“The Edo State Government, through the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security, is interested in improving animal production, hence the establishment of the Livestock Department within the ministry.

“I urge you all to take advantage of this department to explore the huge potentials of the livestock sub-sector,” he pleaded.

Also speaking, the Registrar of the Nigerian Institute of Animal Science (NIAS), Prof. Eustace Iyayi commended the state government for establishing a Department of Animal Husbandry.

“As an institute, we will focus on helping the state raise livestock to harness the potential of the sector.

“I am confident that at a time when the Nigerian oil industry is struggling, we will be able to tap into the huge revenue potential of N33 trillion in the value chain,” he said.

According to him, Edo was one of those states that have livestock departments, adding that the efforts of the current administration have made this happen.

ASAN National President Raymond Isiadiino in his goodwill message applauded the initiative to inaugurate the Edo State chapter of the association.

Isiadiino noted that in the face of daunting challenges, the association had made decisive contributions to the advancement of the sub-sector and projected the animal scientist as a professional with unlimited potential.

Governor Godwin Obaseki’s Special Adviser for Animal Husbandry, Bashiru Kadiri, hailed the move to inaugurate the Edo Chapter of ASAN.

Kadiri said, “No system can develop if we don’t define who plays what role and how.”

According to him, “The Governor believes that livestock and all livestock should thrive, hence the implementation of the Edo State Livestock Initiative Program in the state.”

The highlight of the event was the inauguration of the ASAN State Executives who will be headed by Mr. Peter Aikhuomobhgbe.

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RTL Today – Intensive farming: Switzerland bans factory farming https://malcolmbluefarm.com/rtl-today-intensive-farming-switzerland-bans-factory-farming/ Fri, 23 Sep 2022 14:32:33 +0000 https://malcolmbluefarm.com/rtl-today-intensive-farming-switzerland-bans-factory-farming/ The Swiss will vote on Sunday on whether to ban intensive farming in the largely rural country, which already has some of the strictest animal welfare laws in the world. The animal rights and protection organizations behind the initiative want to make protecting the dignity of farm animals like cattle, chickens or pigs a constitutional […]]]>

The Swiss will vote on Sunday on whether to ban intensive farming in the largely rural country, which already has some of the strictest animal welfare laws in the world.

The animal rights and protection organizations behind the initiative want to make protecting the dignity of farm animals like cattle, chickens or pigs a constitutional requirement.

Their proposal, which has received more than 100,000 signatures needed to put any issue to a popular vote under Switzerland’s famous system of direct democracy, would essentially eradicate all factory farming.

“We believe that animal agriculture is one of the defining issues of our time,” says animal welfare group Sentience, which introduced the initiative, on its website.

He points to the “tremendous suffering experienced by animals in industrial farms”, but also to scientific studies showing that “industrial farming is disastrous for the environment and detrimental to our health”.

If accepted, the initiative – which has the support of left-wing parties, Greenpeace and other environmental organizations – would impose stricter minimum requirements for animal-friendly housing and care, access to outdoors and slaughter practices.

This would also significantly reduce the maximum number of animals per pen.

– Price increases –

The government and parliament oppose the initiative, insisting that Switzerland already has strict animal welfare laws defining the living space each animal should have.

The initiative “goes too far”, Swiss Health Minister Alain Berset told reporters in June, saying the government for a quarter of a century had promoted “respectful animal husbandry“.

Under current laws, farms cannot keep more than 1,500 fattening pigs, 27,000 broilers, or 300 calves, which essentially rules out the types of massive factory farms found in other country.

“There is no factory farming in Switzerland,” insisted Marcel Dettling, farmer and parliamentarian from the right-wing populist People’s Party.

Pointing out that the limits in neighboring Germany, for example, can be 100 times higher, he told Swissinfo.ch the move would only serve to raise prices.

Sentience campaign manager Philipp Ryf, however, said that when you have 27,000 chickens crammed into a pen and only 12% of the farm animals come out, “we think that’s factory farming”.

He acknowledged to AFP that the law in Switzerland “is quite strong compared to other countries”, but added: “We don’t necessarily think it’s a good measure”.

“We want to look at what we’re doing… We think we could do more.”

The government also warned that if the initiative were passed, prices would inflate and warned it could also impact relations with trading partners.

Indeed, the requirements would also apply to the import of animals and animal products, which, according to the government, would oblige Switzerland to violate its obligations within the World Trade Organization and to renegotiate trade agreements.

The Swiss should also invest large sums in costly inspections of foreign farms, he argues.

– ‘False idea’ –

Such arguments seem to have convinced a growing number of Swiss.

While early polls showed a slim majority in favor of the initiative, the latest gfs.bern poll last week saw the ‘no’ side take the lead, with 52% of those polled opposed. initiative.

Farmers themselves are particularly skeptical.

The latest poll showed 62% of those polled in rural areas rejecting the proposal, while 53% of city dwellers polled said they would vote for it.

Ryf said the strong opposition in rural areas was largely due to a well-funded campaign by opponents of the initiative that had spread the “misconception” that it would be bad for farmers.

“We regret this because we believe our initiative will be good for farmers,” he said, stressing that it would bring them support and 25 years to implement the changes.

While Switzerland’s largest farmers’ association is fiercely opposed to the initiative, many smallholders support it.

David Rotzler, who owns a small and diversified livestock farm in Sonvilier in northern Switzerland, told the daily Journal du Jura that “animal welfare does not depend on the size of the farm, but on the breeder “.

But, he said, it’s definitely “easier to take care of animals when you’re smaller.”

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17.35 lakh cattle vaccinated against LSD in Haryana https://malcolmbluefarm.com/17-35-lakh-cattle-vaccinated-against-lsd-in-haryana/ Wed, 21 Sep 2022 18:34:00 +0000 https://malcolmbluefarm.com/17-35-lakh-cattle-vaccinated-against-lsd-in-haryana/ The Haryana government has vaccinated 17.35 lakh of cattle against Lumpy Skin Disease (LSD). Thanks to effective vaccination, the number of animals with LSD in the state has also decreased, an official spokesperson said Wednesday. Now, animals less than four months old or those affected by this virus have been excluded from the vaccination campaign […]]]>

The Haryana government has vaccinated 17.35 lakh of cattle against Lumpy Skin Disease (LSD).

Thanks to effective vaccination, the number of animals with LSD in the state has also decreased, an official spokesperson said Wednesday.

Now, animals less than four months old or those affected by this virus have been excluded from the vaccination campaign because in both cases these cows cannot be vaccinated, he said.

The spokesperson said Haryana had a stockpile of 20 lakh doses of the vaccine and the vaccination campaign was swiftly carried out. The Animal Husbandry Department has also arranged for medications for the safety of animals with the disease.

“As certain species of blood-sucking vectors like mosquitoes, ticks, houseflies, etc., are major factors causing the LSD epidemic, proper nebulization is ensured in all gaushalas of the state in order to protect animals from attack from these vectors,” the spokesperson said.

Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar had also given an additional amount of Rs 7 lakh to each district for the purchase of the vaccine. He also ordered all officers and employees of the Animal Husbandry Department to ensure the administration of the vaccine at the earliest.

All doctors working in 1042 veterinary hospitals in the state have completed the vaccination campaign. Vaccination of all animals over four months old is underway, the spokesperson added.

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Vietstock Expo & Forum 2022 Provides Opportunities for Livestock Industry https://malcolmbluefarm.com/vietstock-expo-forum-2022-provides-opportunities-for-livestock-industry/ Fri, 16 Sep 2022 11:05:00 +0000 https://malcolmbluefarm.com/vietstock-expo-forum-2022-provides-opportunities-for-livestock-industry/ VIETNAM, September 16 – HÀ NỘI — The Vietstock Expo & Forum 2022, scheduled to open next month, will be an event for companies in the farming and seafood processing sectors to find new business opportunities. Vietstock Expo & Forum 2022, Việt Nam’s international exhibition for the feed, animal husbandry and meat industry, is expected […]]]>

VIETNAM, September 16 –

HÀ NỘI — The Vietstock Expo & Forum 2022, scheduled to open next month, will be an event for companies in the farming and seafood processing sectors to find new business opportunities.

Vietstock Expo & Forum 2022, Việt Nam’s international exhibition for the feed, animal husbandry and meat industry, is expected to be the largest event in Việt Nam covering the latest solutions for the animal feed sectors. animal feed, livestock, aquaculture and meat processing in 2022.

Organized by the Department of Animal Husbandry under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), the exhibition will take place in Ho Chi Minh City from October 12 to 14 at the Ho Chi Minh City Exhibition and Convention Center. Saigon.

A representative of SES Vietnam Exhibition Services Company, under Informa Markets Group, the organizer of the exhibition, spoke at a press conference held in Hà Nội on September 14.

This show will be combined with VIETFEED – the show specializing in animal feed, and VIETMEAT – specializing in meat processing.

The combination of these events provides opportunities to connect and promote the development of the farm-to-fork value chain.

According to Rungphech Chitanuwat Rose, ASEAN Regional Manager of Informa Markets, Vietstock Expo & Forum 2022 expects to attract more than 170 exhibiting companies, including international and local brands, such as Famsun, Big Herdsman, Pigtek, Big Dutchman, De Heus, Thuan Nhat Automation. , Provimi, Peja, Buhler, Miavit, Stolz Asia, Amandus, Pericoli, CPM and Nabel Asia. It is also expected to attract over 10,000 visitors.

Tống Xuân Chinh, Deputy Director of Animal Husbandry Department, said, “This is a very important event, which contributes to the modernization of the livestock industry at all stages of the production process, especially with meat, eggs and milk.

“Vietstock Expo & Forum 2022 provides companies in these industries with a valuable opportunity to exchange experiences and seek cooperation to ensure food security for about 100 million people in the country and part for export.”

Companies participating in these events will showcase state-of-the-art equipment and technologies for animal production. The technologies aim to create favorable conditions for increasing productivity, quality and food safety. The livestock industry will move towards sustainability with waste treatment technologies to protect the environment.

Chinh said the event will help the national breeding industry in developing advanced technologies in breeding. Farms and cooperatives participating in the exhibition will be able to absorb new technologies from which to guide their livestock development.

During the three days until October 14, this event will also feature international and technical seminars to provide in-depth knowledge on the latest trends in the livestock industry.

They will not only showcase the latest technologies and products, but also offer excellent face-to-face business meetings, as well as updates on new industry insights.

Vietstock Awards 2022 will be held concurrently with Vietstock Expo & Forum 2022. These are prestigious animal husbandry awards organized and approved by Department of Animal Production to honor all companies, organizations and cooperatives that have made a positive contribution to the overall development of Việt Nam’s livestock industry.

This year at Vietstock Expo & Forum 2022, for the first time, the Waste-to-Energy pavilion, launched at the show, is a new feature focusing on biogas and biomass technologies applied in the energy sectors. agriculture and livestock, aligning with sustainable development. country development strategy. —VNS

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Cattle rancher says new method of cattle grazing could save grasslands and reverse desertification https://malcolmbluefarm.com/cattle-rancher-says-new-method-of-cattle-grazing-could-save-grasslands-and-reverse-desertification/ Thu, 15 Sep 2022 20:35:24 +0000 https://malcolmbluefarm.com/cattle-rancher-says-new-method-of-cattle-grazing-could-save-grasslands-and-reverse-desertification/ Livestock has been at the forefront of media and environmental attacks for decades. That’s because many researchers insist the United States has reached a tipping point with ranching, citing prolonged drought conditions as evidence. This year, too dry weather in the United States has broken records. In February, the results of a UCLA-led study suggest […]]]>

Livestock has been at the forefront of media and environmental attacks for decades. That’s because many researchers insist the United States has reached a tipping point with ranching, citing prolonged drought conditions as evidence.

This year, too dry weather in the United States has broken records. In February, the results of a UCLA-led study suggest that drought conditions in the American West are the worst in 1,200 years.

Subsequently, ranchers found themselves in a hotbed of environmental anger.

The drought crisis has drawn heavy frowns and trepidation from the orthodox scientific community, which points to cattle grazing as a major part of the problem.

Because for most scientists, there is a formula: more grazing animals equals worse climate effects, period.

However, advocates of regenerative grazing have gathered data and come forward. They share evidence that shows holistic grazing methods can actually improve soil quality, health, and water retention in grassland ecosystems.

Additionally, when done correctly, some evidence suggests that grazing livestock can even reverse the effects of desertification.

Known as the process by which fertile soil becomes desert, think tanks in nearly every industry have spent years troubleshooting the rapid desertification of the American prairies.

Tangerines lie in the dirt in front of dry vegetation on farmland amid an ongoing drought near Bakersfield, Calif., Aug. 26, 2022. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Meanwhile, proponents of regenerative agriculture say livestock grazing is key to preserving what remains of the 775 million acres of iconic prairie in the United States.

“We practice regenerative grazing using ‘total grazing’ techniques…aiming to help soils and grass grow healthily and quickly,” Eric Honsberger told The Epoch Times.

Honsberger operates a cattle operation at Hickok Ranch on the pastoral plains of Karnes County, Texas. Originally purchased by the cousin of Western folk hero Wild Bill Hickok in 1878, the ranch has been in the family ever since.

And over the past 144 years, they’ve learned valuable lessons about livestock.

Honsberger explained that regenerative grazing proved beneficial during what was mostly a very dry year in Texas. The main difference between the method he employs at Hickok Ranch and traditional grazing is the end goal.

For most farmers, grazing is just one method of feeding cows. Yet with the regenerative approach, the additional goal is to return as many nutrients to the soil as possible.

“With traditional grazing, cattle graze a large pasture and are allowed to eat whatever they want,” Honsberger said. “The problem with this approach is that the natural fertilizers produced by the cows are spread and not completely absorbed by the soil.”

Additionally, with the traditional approach, cows may return to areas where grass and other prairie plants are trying to re-establish themselves, hampering growth.

“They [cows] will eat and trample the grass as it tries to regrow.

But with the regenerative method, Honsberger said livestock are concentrated in smaller plots using portable electric fencing. Pasture plots range in size from three to five acres and cows consume over a three to four hour period before moving on to the next designated pasture section.

“Because the concentration of cattle is so dense, they are more likely to push manure, urine and uneaten or dead grass into the ground. This is called hoof impact.

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Before and after cattle grazing at Hickok Ranch. (Courtesy of Hickok Hamburger)

Honsberger maintains that the “hoof impact” of natural fertilizer eliminates the need for chemicals and allows grass to regrow faster and healthier.

While this modified approach to cattle grazing might seem simple, it wasn’t so obvious to the world of animal husbandry or environmental science until 2013.

When holistic land management pioneer Allan Savory spoke at a TED event in 2013, he shocked the world when he said more pasture was needed for livestock, not less. , to reverse the effects of desertification on the world’s grasslands.

Born in Zimbabwe, Savory watched the vast grasslands of his native Africa slowly turn into desert under the hooves of animals.

This inspired him to become a range ecologist and develop holistic land management techniques involving animal grazing in the 1960s.

Today, Savory’s institute has 48 global centers and more than 12,000 farmers trained in its regenerative grazing method. His institute has more than 13 million hectares that have benefited from the transition to his land management methods, which mimic the models used by animals in the wild.

Herd animals in the wild tend to graze in dense groups and keep moving to defend themselves against predators.

And for breeders like Honsberger, the proof is right under his feet.

“Although I am not a grassland expert, I work and manage the grass daily,” he said.

Back to Mob Grazing Days

Water retention is paramount when it comes to reversing desertification and the effects of drought. Grasslands are an essential part of this process.

Vastly underrepresented as an ecosystem, nearly a third of the earth’s land – more than 12 billion acres – comprises vast grassland landscapes. And those tall, rolling grasses do more than just feed animals and create scenic backdrops.

“Deep-rooted perennial grasses are like magic for water retention,” Permacultured founder Alex Melvin told The Epoch Times.

Melvin’s business focuses on regenerative agriculture and self-sustaining food systems. He explained that during heavy rains, the deep-rooted native grasses slow down the water, preventing excessive runoff. In turn, groundwater is also replenished.

“It makes the landscape feel like a sponge,” Melvin said.

He also agrees with Savory’s method, saying it is necessary to bring cows back to their “crowd grazing days”.

Giving the example of how wild bison foraged on the American Great Plains, Melvin elaborated the near-constant rotation used with the holistic approach that maximizes plant photosynthesis by not allowing animals like cows to hide. at the same location.

“Using cattle in regenerative agriculture is more than throwing a bunch of cows into a field of grass,” he said.

Even those in the energy sector have recognized the benefits of a holistic approach to livestock grazing.

A vital new approach

United Energy Trading (UET) works with American communities who want to improve grassland health and sequester carbon through the use of a method of grazing called “double grazing.”

“The application of double grazing is essential to the overall preservation and improvement of grasslands. These techniques lead to better soil health, which is a critical part of fighting climate change,” Kyle Eichman, vice president of communications and media relations at UET, told The Epoch Times.

Similar to Savory and Honsberger’s approach, double grazing allows more time for plant regrowth between animal feeds.

Eichman notes that this new approach is vital since the biggest threats to grasslands are drought and overgrazing. He said that given the massive scale of the Northern Great Plains, the American prairies play a vital role in a healthy ecosystem.

“If you also consider the impact of the grasslands on the ranching industry, the ability to feed the United States and the world, that becomes even more important,” he said.

And with some experts estimating that more than 70% of the world’s grasslands are turning into desert, the timing couldn’t be more relevant.

Although not everyone is convinced.

Critics of regenerative grazing techniques stick to their mantra that less meat consumption and fewer livestock is the only way out of the carbon-methane trap and desertification.

Further, the opposition argues that the evidence that holistic grazing is a miracle breakthrough is anecdotal, with no conclusive benefit demonstrated in Charter grazing trials.

But for those who work up close and personal with the animals and the dirt they tread on, the proof is undeniable.

“If the cattle can graze properly it will help improve the health of the soil,” Honsberger said, before adding, “I could go on, but I have a ranch to run.”

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Togo: animal production increased last year https://malcolmbluefarm.com/togo-animal-production-increased-last-year/ Thu, 15 Sep 2022 16:50:25 +0000 https://malcolmbluefarm.com/togo-animal-production-increased-last-year/ OVERVIEW OF REFORMS START A BUSINESS (More information) At the fifteenth position in the world and first in Africa, under the start a business Doing Business 2020 ranking index, Togo maintains its reform dynamic with more reforms…. EXECUTION OF CONTRACTS (More information) Compared to a few years ago, when it was one of the last […]]]>

OVERVIEW OF REFORMS

START A BUSINESS (More information)

At the fifteenth position in the world and first in Africa, under the start a business Doing Business 2020 ranking index, Togo maintains its reform dynamic with more reforms….

EXECUTION OF CONTRACTS (More information)

Compared to a few years ago, when it was one of the last ranked in the Doing Business’ Enforcing Contracts indicator, Togo, based on numerous efforts to improve its business climate, has been able to a significant jump in the index in recent years… .

EXECUTION OF THE CONTRACT (More information)

Creation of specialized chambers of commerce for small claims • Creation of chambers of commerce near the Court of Appeal • Civil and commercial cases now handled by separate registries • Creation of commercial courts in Lomé and Kara • Lawyers and bailiffs have now access to the FORSETI COMMERCIAL platform • A maximum period of 100 days has been set to settle a commercial dispute.

TRADE ACROSS BORDERS (More information)

Compared to previous years,Togo has considerably improved its ranking in the“Cross Border Trade” indicator by adopting multiple reforms that mainly focus on digitization and reduction of delays, for import and export related import and export procedures.

Compared to previous yearsTogo has significantly improved its ranking on the “Cross Border Trade” index by adopting multiple reforms that mainly focus on digitization and reduction of delays, for import and export related import and export procedures.

BUILDING PERMIT (More information)

After falling from 133rd to 127th place according to the Doing Business 2020 building permits index, Togo intends to repeat this feat in the next edition of the world ranking. To that end, it introduced multiple reforms this year.

GET ELECTRICITY (More information)

Over the past two years, Togo’s ranking on the access to electricity and water indicator of Doing Business has steadily increased. Building on this performance through multiple reforms aimed at making it easier for businesses to access electricity and water, Lomé plans to introduce even more reforms this year to continue its improvements.

PROPERTY REGISTRATION (More information)

Of all the ‘Doing Business’ indicators, Property Registration is the one where Togo has improved the most since 2018. Indeed, after spending years in the lowest part of this ranking, the country is looking now to beat Rwanda which is the best performer on this index. in Africa. To do this, Lomé has introduced numerous reforms, the latest of which was implemented this year.

PUBLIC MARKETS (More information)

From professionalization to digitalization, including legislative regulations, Togo’s public procurement framework is constantly being modernized. Several reforms have been implemented to improve the sector to the great benefit of the private sector, which is at the center of the National Development Plan.

PAY TAXES AND DUTIES (More information)

To improve its business environment, Togo has introduced major reforms related to the payment of taxes and duties. From the replacement of certain taxes to the abolition of others via exemptions, the country has only one objective: to offer the most attractive tax framework to investors and economic operators. To achieve this, the authorities have bet on digitization.

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262 Livestock Supervisor positions to be filled immediately: Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil, Minister of Maharashtra https://malcolmbluefarm.com/262-livestock-supervisor-positions-to-be-filled-immediately-radhakrishna-vikhe-patil-minister-of-maharashtra/ Wed, 14 Sep 2022 07:52:00 +0000 https://malcolmbluefarm.com/262-livestock-supervisor-positions-to-be-filled-immediately-radhakrishna-vikhe-patil-minister-of-maharashtra/ Maharashtra Livestock Minister Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil said on Tuesday that the 262 vacancies for Livestock Supervisors will be filled at the earliest through outsourcing as the state grapples with the dermatosis epidemic lumpy lump in cattle. The decision was made to effectively control the spread of the disease in livestock by providing free treatment at […]]]>

Maharashtra Livestock Minister Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil said on Tuesday that the 262 vacancies for Livestock Supervisors will be filled at the earliest through outsourcing as the state grapples with the dermatosis epidemic lumpy lump in cattle.

The decision was made to effectively control the spread of the disease in livestock by providing free treatment at the farmers’ doorstep.

In addition, the Animal Husbandry Department ordered district authorities to expedite vaccination to control the spread of lumpy skin disease. The disease has so far claimed the lives of 43 cattle in the state.

A batch of 10 lakh vaccine doses was received to vaccinate cows within 5 km of an infected area. So far, a total of 5,51,120 head of cattle in 1,755 villages have been vaccinated and out of a total of 2,664 head of infected cattle in the affected villages, 1,520 have recovered after treatment, officials said.

Livestock Department Commissioner Sachindra Pratap Singh said the disease was spreading rapidly in the state and there was a need for widespread public awareness. He told the farmers that it was a viral skin disease transmitted by vectors and affecting only cattle and buffaloes. “This disease is not transmitted from animals to humans. As of September 9, no less than 70,181 head of cattle have died in the country. While 45,063 animals died in Rajasthan, 16,866 in Punjab, 5,344 in Gujarat and 1,810 in Haryana. There is no reason for farmers to panic over these mortality figures as well as news circulating on social media,” he said.

He said that in 2020-21, outbreaks were found in 26 districts in the state but mortality was very low. Also in 2021-2022, an outbreak of lumpy skin disease was detected in 10 districts, but there were no deaths. “Therefore, farmers should not panic but take the prescribed control measures,” Singh said.

He observed that private veterinarians were prescribing expensive antibiotics and other supportive drugs for the disease, while all necessary drugs were available at government veterinary clinics and mini-polyclinics in tehsils. The officer asked the farmers to get free treatment for their affected livestock at their doorstep by notifying the nearest government veterinary clinics and livestock development officers of any symptoms.

In addition, officials said instructions had been given to district authorities that vaccination should be carried out at a steady pace and continuous efforts should be made to bring the disease under control. The availability of ₹1 crore should be made by the district planning committee for each district for the purchase of vaccines and useful drugs to fight the disease, they said.

“The vaccination campaign should be carried out in conjunction with private livestock monitors to control the disease and for this their services should be taken on a fee basis,” officials said.

The Maharashtra government has already declared the entire state as a ‘controlled area’ to curb the spread of the disease and has banned the holding of livestock-related markets, races and exhibitions.

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Export opportunities for breeders https://malcolmbluefarm.com/export-opportunities-for-breeders/ Sun, 11 Sep 2022 00:03:51 +0000 https://malcolmbluefarm.com/export-opportunities-for-breeders/ The Sunday Mail Commercial orientationAllan Majuru Discussions of export opportunities in agriculture often focus on traditional export commodities such as tobacco and peas, as well as emerging crops such as blueberries and macadamia nuts. Although they are generally the highest paid, the capital needed for meaningful production is often high, especially for smallholders and rural […]]]>

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Discussions of export opportunities in agriculture often focus on traditional export commodities such as tobacco and peas, as well as emerging crops such as blueberries and macadamia nuts.

Although they are generally the highest paid, the capital needed for meaningful production is often high, especially for smallholders and rural farmers who make up the majority of farmers in the country.

For farmers looking to participate in traditional export activities, there are inherent opportunities in local communities that can be marketed.

This will not only provide export options for smallholders and rural farmers, but will also integrate them into mainstream economic activities, helping to ensure that no one or place is left behind in line with the direction of the Second Republic. .

Traditionally, there are products and livestock that can be easily produced at relatively lower cost under local conditions.

Experts say goats and sheep can withstand drought better than cattle and can survive on shrubs, making them a relatively better choice than other livestock.

While most households raise goats and sheep for their own consumption, there is scope to increase the number of herders raising these animals specifically for export.

The demand for goat and mutton meat is growing exponentially, making it difficult for local producers to meet orders.

To address the challenge, President Mnangagwa has since launched the National Rural Goats Program, which will see vulnerable groups, youth and women in rural communities receive goats for free.

However, they will be expected to be passed on to other recipients when the animals give birth.

The $87 million presidential rural goat program will benefit more than three million households and increase the goat population nationwide.

There is already a market for goat and sheepmeat produced in Zimbabwe in international markets, as confirmed by the recent Dubai Domestic Buyers Mission organized by ZimTrade, the national trade promotion and development organization.

During business-to-business exchanges between local farmers and buyers from Dubai, goat and mutton meat was one of the main areas of interest.

Some organizations have already committed to working with private actors to achieve Halal certification, which is a requirement when exporting meat and other food products to the UAE.

What is important now is to identify supply gaps that local farmers can fill, as well as find sustainable solutions that will allow smallholders and rural farmers to easily consolidate and expand their capacities. Global Opportunities

Goats and sheep are eaten around the world

Unlike other products like beef and pork, they play a unique role in traditional events and religious gatherings.

Data from Trade Map shows that imports of goat and sheep meat have increased over the past five years, from $6.9 billion in 2017 to $8.6 billion in 2021.

Currently, the biggest importers are China ($2.4 billion), the United States of America ($1.4 billion), France ($893 million), the United Kingdom ($368 million). dollars), Germany (323 million dollars). and the United Arab Emirates ($322 million).

Countries like China and the UK already have good trade relations with Zimbabwe, as they import products such as tobacco and horticultural products.

Zimbabwean farmers can use existing supply routes to introduce locally produced goat and sheep meat to markets.

There are also opportunities to provide live animals.

The global import value of live goats and sheep was US$1.4 billion in 2021, of which the main importers were Saudi Arabia (US$494 million), Jordan (US$167 million ), Kuwait (US$89.5 million) and Italy (US$63 million).

It is necessary to ensure that farmers can access these markets.

Production increase

As the presidential program for rural goats takes off, communities must look beyond livestock as a source of meat for household consumption, but as a viable export product.

According to the first crop and livestock assessment report 2020/2021, the local goat population has increased from around 3.9 million in the 2019/2020 season to almost four million in the 2020 season. /2021.

During the same period, the total sheep population fell from 548,000 to around 700,000.

Commercialization of the subsector will help increase production and address challenges associated with mortality, including losses from predators and theft.

Farmers need to adopt better husbandry practices, consider hybrids, and treat goat and sheep farming as a business.

In recent years there has been an increase in the number of farmers considering breeds such as Boer, which are said to have fast growth rates and are good for meat production.

Farmers need to organize themselves to consolidate and reach the required numbers.

Smallholder farmers are generally the best goat keepers.

Export-friendly farming techniques and standards should also be introduced.

As current production is lower than demand, it can be difficult for a single farmer to sustain demand over longer periods.

However, it is encouraging that a few associations have formed to share ideas.

Allan Majuru is the CEO of ZimTrade.

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Livestock Legacy – NEMOnews Media Group https://malcolmbluefarm.com/livestock-legacy-nemonews-media-group/ Thu, 08 Sep 2022 17:15:00 +0000 https://malcolmbluefarm.com/livestock-legacy-nemonews-media-group/ By Jason Jenkins This article was originally produced and published by MFA Oil Company in Momentum magazine. This story is reproduced with permission. Growing up in Sullivan County, Missouri, a few miles from Green City, Trevor Shafer always felt he belonged on the family farm. After all, the Shafers’ roots run deep in this soil. […]]]>

By Jason Jenkins

This article was originally produced and published by MFA Oil Company in Momentum magazine. This story is reproduced with permission.

Growing up in Sullivan County, Missouri, a few miles from Green City, Trevor Shafer always felt he belonged on the family farm. After all, the Shafers’ roots run deep in this soil. Trevor’s great-grandfather, Charlie, started the operation in 1935. His grandfather, Leon, and father, Roger, both followed in his footsteps. Young Trevor planned to do the same.

By the time Trevor was 12, the Shafers’ farming efforts included row crop operations, a herd of beef cattle calving in the spring, and several finishing barns where they raised contract market hogs. After graduating from high school, Trevor enrolled at North Central Missouri College in Trenton. Although he wasn’t particularly keen on graduate school, he saw it as a brief detour to a career in agriculture.

The tragedy, however, would hasten Trevor’s full-time return to family ownership. In June 2009, Roger Shafer lost his life due to injuries sustained in a van accident. He was only 49 years old.

“It was tough when my dad died,” said Trevor, who was just 19 at the time. “I had to start learning a lot of things quickly, and most of the time I learned the hard way. I had to grow fast.

LIFE LESSONS BY TRIAL AND ERROR

Following their father’s death, the three Shafer siblings – Trevor, along with his older brother, Logan, and older sister, Gentrie – helped their mother, Tammy, maintain the family farm. Trevor did not return to college in the fall. Logan suspended his own construction company, while Gentrie suspended the university for the remainder of the year.

Initially, the brothers worked together on all aspects of the family farm. However, Trevor said that from the start he knew his agricultural interests leaned towards the livestock side of the operation and not row crops.

“There’s just too much uncertainty for me in corn and beans,” he said. “People will say that when you grow online, you only work a few months in the spring and a few months in the fall. But for me, it felt like it never stopped.

Trevor finally got rid of his row crop responsibilities. While running a custom apps business for a few years, he focused on managing his mother’s cattle herd and finishing piggeries. Although he occasionally raised feeder cattle for market, raising cows and calves was and continues to be the primary focus.

“After a few years of caring for my mother’s spring calving cows, my brother and I decided to purchase fall calving cows,” Trevor explained. “Then I added my own spring calves and continued to grow from there.”

Today, the Shafers manage over 1,500 acres of pasture and hay land to support their cattle operation. Trevor prefers to cross his Angus cows with Hereford bulls, producing “black bald”.

“Red or black, I don’t care,” he added. “I’m also going to run Red Angus and Simmental. Just a bit of everything. You won’t see perfect cows in our pastures, but we keep mothers who are good milkers and take good care of their calves.

The young cattle rancher also continued to oversee the pig farm for his mother. In 2020, he invests in his own nursery. The 80-by-400-foot facility provides enough space to house approximately 9,000 weaned piglets.

“In mum’s barns we raise fat pigs to go to market, but in mine we take these little piggies and raise them up to 50-60 pounds,” said Trevor, who is a steward for MFA Oil. “We will form a group approximately every seven weeks. Then we’ll wash everything down, disinfect the barn and bring in the next group.

Although he acknowledges that his love of ranching probably stems from it being the only vocation he has ever known, Trevor added that tending to livestock gives it a very specific meaning.

“With pigs, you bring them in like toddlers, and how you take care of them determines their success and yours,” he said. “When you provide them with the best feeding and living conditions, you produce healthy and productive pigs.

“With cattle, you make sure these moms have everything they need to raise healthy calves,” Trevor continued. “When it’s time to calve, you watch them, make sure everything is going according to plan and help them with any problems. When you work those calves and kick them on some good grass, that’s when it’s really fun.

The construction of the nursery hasn’t been the only big event for Trevor recently. In October, he married Jalynn Gilworth. The couple also have another nursery project underway as they are expecting their first child in mid-August.

“The farmhouse that joins the family estate was put up for sale recently, so we bought it and now we’re renovating the house,” Trevor said. “We really hope the contractors finish before the baby arrives.”

The extra acreage provided with the new farm has the 32-year-old considering expanding his cow and calf operation as well as the potential addition of a herd of sheep or goats. “We have a bunch of small pitches with an electric fence already installed, so we’re thinking of trying it out,” he said. “Nothing crazy at first. Just a few to see how they work with cattle and pigs.

Although 13 years have passed since the death of Roger Shafer, Trevor continues to honor his father’s memory and his family’s farming legacy, following the lessons he learned as a young boy.

“Every day we work hard to make the farm better, not just for our animals or for ourselves, but for the future and for future generations,” the father-to-be said. “There’s a lot of pride in knowing you’re building something that will last beyond yourself.”

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