The epidemiology and control of gastrointestinal nematode infections of goats in Kathiani division, if Machakos district, Kenya

A survey of gastrointestinal nematode infections of goats reared under extensive grazing conditions was conducted for 18 months on 4 farms in Kathiani Division of Machakos District, Kenya. The survey was based on monthly coproparasitological examination of kids « 6 month), immature (6-12 months) and adult (> 12 month) goats. The effects of season and age on the prevalence and intensity of infection were determined.

Gender differentiation in the analysis of alternative farm mechanization choices on small farms in Kenya

Using multinomial logit we analyze factors that influence the choice of mechanization technologies in Nyanza Province. The results show that farmers are aware of the attributes of the mechanization technologies, and that animal traction is the most commonly used. Gender, formal and informal training of the household head, and technology attributes influence the choice of mechanization technology. This study recommends increased formal and informal training, extension, credit, and tractor hire services to facilitate knowledge transfer, credit, and tractor availability.

An economic analysis of small scale french bean production in Central Province of Kenya

In this study small scale French bean production systems ln the major growing areas in Kenya are analyzed. The main purpose being to identify the problems causing low yields and to suggest possible ways of overcomming them. ( The approaches used for the analysis included descriptive analysis for describing and comparing the usage of resources and cultural practices in the areas of study and regression analysis to estimate the influence of fertilizers, pesticides, seed and manure on yields.

Assessment of beef carcass contamination with escherichia coli 0157:h7 post slaughter in Kenya

A cross sectional study was carried out on meat sourced from three slaughterhouses: Dagoretti in Nairobi, Limuru in Limuru and Eldoret Township in Eldoret. The objectives of the study were to assess the probability of obtaining an Escherichia coli O157 serotype contaminated carcass at loading, off loading and butchery stages of the transportation value chain, the prevalence of E.

Vegetation and hydrologic responses to grazing Management in a south Kenya rangeland

Title: Vegetation and hydrologic responses to grazing management in a South Kenya rangeland ~ J.K. Mworia A study was conducted to evaluate the effects of three selected stocking densities ./ on infiltration rate, bulk density, sediment production and animal performance in a south Kenya rangeland. The stocking densities used were 0, 4, 8, and 16 heifers/Ha, hereafter referred to as control (CL), light density (LD), medium density (MD) and high density (HD) respectively. Each treatment was replicated twice on plots measuring 0.5 Ha each.

Contribution of urban farming to urban household livelihood and organic waste management : a case study of Bungoma Town, Kenya

Urban farming is the production of agricultural produce through the growing of crops, keeping of livestock and poultry in an urban setup. The study focused on the contribution of urban farming to urban household livelihoods and organic waste management. The study also established the environmental effects of urban farming.

Determinants for the growth of ranches in Athi River district, Machakos county, Kenya

The challenge of food security, unemployment in the society has been brought about by inadequate growth in the ranches. This sub sector in the agriculture sector contributes greatest percentage of GDP. This effect has brought up high poverty levels, food insecurity and poor living standards. Patterns of most of the land in Athi River have changed from principally ranching to building of residential estates, setting up industries and agro-ranching production. This trend has in most cases adversely affected livestock production and the production capacity of the land.

Impact of world food programme’s purchase for progress pilot project on farm incomes in Uasin gishu and Narok counties, Kenya

The World Food Programme’s Purchase for Progress (WFP P4P) Pilot project in Kenya has been under implementation since 2009 . Some of the notable achievements of the pilot proj ect include improved access to credit, inputs and group marketing while the main challenges were contract defaults and lack of storage facilities. The P4P project was initiated by WFP in order to procure food mainly from small scale farmers with the aim of enabling the farmer groups to transit from informal to structured trade through the sale of high quality food.

The historical process of Nandi movement into Uasin Gishu district of the Kenya highlands: 1906-1933

This study reconstructs the history of Nandi squatter labourers in Uasin Gishu district of Kenya between 1906 and 1963. It portrays the conflict and contradictions of a colonial situation. The major players were the squatters, the colonial state and the European settlers. By impinging on Nandi socio-economic institutions, the colonial administration subjected the Nandi to specific demands. These included the alienation of their land, creation of a reserve and taxation.

Blood Chemistry Changes During Starvation And Their Possible Relationship With Growth Rate In Dairy Heifers

In a group of 10 replacement dairy heifers (aged about 11 months), there were significant changes in PCV, Hb, total protein, globulin, glucose, total leukocytes, urea, Ca, inorganic phosphorus and Mg concentrations during 40 h food deprivation. The response differed significantly between heifers for PCV, Hb, total protein, globulin, glucose, total leukocytes, urea, creatinine and Mg. Significant partial correlation coefficients were obtained between plasma Mg and urea concentrations and growth rate (between 1 and 11 months of age).

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