Category Archives: Poultry Consulting in Africa

TRAINING AND ESTABLISHMENT OF POULTRY FARMS

Adequate training and proper business set up is a prerequisite to any organization willing to work with smallholder farmers in the poultry value chain or any investor willing to make substantial investments in the chicken, feed industry and processing industry. It is prudent to put in place a farmer or employee training plan in accordance with modern practices and standards and an establishment plan that ensures the farmer or entrepreneur starts off on a sound footing. In this regard, we offer consultancy services to organizations and entrepreneurs on the various poultry business models, training and set up which among others include the following:

  • Construction of recommended chicken houses with the right orientation and designs and management of the houses thereof taking into consideration the number of flock and the projected expansion plans.
  • Correct or proper installation of farm equipment taking into consideration the required quantities and functionalities.
  • Management of the chicken flock with due to consideration to the minimization of birds mortality which can reduce flocks or production, reduce incomes, bring down the business and kill dreams.
  • Efficient management of the chicken feed and flock with utmost attention to the right feed formulation, pricing, daily feed rations requirements for birds etc.
  • Capacity building of farmers on vaccination and complete vaccination of birds with strict adherence to recommended schedules depending on the required information for the given area.
  • Ensuring efficient management and handling of eggs, one of the most delicate products in a farm.

These, among other prerequisites will help in making the desired start that propels the farmer to profitability. In addition training should be done basically covering the following areas:

  • Bio security of the chicken and how to set up a biosecurity infrastructure and manage it.
  • The various breeds of poultry, their characteristics and attributes.
  • The essence of vaccinating chicken and the vaccination schedules.
  • Poultry diseases (viral, metabolic, protozoal and bacterial), their management and treatment.
  • The physiology and anatomy of chicken.
  • Feeds, feeding and drinking management.
  • Brooding of day old chicks and brooding management.
  • Breeding management.
  • Marketing of poultry and record keeping

 

After training farmers and entrepreneurs are assisted with necessary input linkages and then placed on the path to commercialization.

After training, farmers need to be assisted in the chick placement process and all its requirements and then will need to develop a working relationship with a local public or private extension worker (Animal Health Assistant) as a closer and reliable point of call to facilitate response to emergencies in the farm or alternatively employ qualified Animal Health Assistants for entrepreneurs possessing the ability to employ.

For organizations willing to take their farmers through this process or willing to organize their farmers to commercialize poultry through a model of poultry producer business group of individuals or entrepreneurs seeking assistance in this respect you can contact us through the following email:

Email: improvedkienyeji@gmail.com

Tel: +254711417887.

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Our Consultancy Services

Kienyeji partners works with smallholder farmers, entrepreneurs and investors to build poultry and related businesses e.g. poultry feeds and raw material crops that create income, opportunity and economic growth for families, companies, communities and their countries.

We are a team of talented business advisors, agribusiness managers, production and veterinary specialists. As a part of the Public Sector practice, Kienyeji Partners has a dedicated team focused on Agribusiness and Food Processing sector conducting sector specific studies in segments like Agri-Processing, marketing, Horticulture, Plantation Crops etc. including identification of high potential companies and sectors for attracting investment, investment climate analysis and assessment of key enablers for promoting sustainable and successful collaborative efforts in agribusiness.

Kienyeji Partners has also been engaged in developing attractive pitches highlighting growth potentials of enterprises across multiple sectors. Our clients include government bodies, non-government organizations, public sector organizations and private companies.

Kienyeji Partners also has dedicated communities of practices to support sector/ industry specific engagements. Project Team members have access to these communities through our proprietary knowledge base. We have a number of tools aimed at tracking and measuring business performance, training and other Business Development Services.

All our team members are trained to apply these proprietary tools, thereby ensuring consistent and quality delivery.

We leverage our expertise, networks and resources of our corporate partners, as well as volunteer consultant program that draws on staff with expertise developed at some of the world’s leading management consulting firms.

Kienyeji Partners’ proven approaches catalyse competitive, inclusive, agricultural development that builds the capacity of thousands of small and growing businesses to sell into local, regional and global supply chains.

We are a trusted partner in design and implementation agribusiness development programs. We have worked extensively in the poultry value chain with several agencies starting from scratch and building profitable entities.

This has helped in leveraging partnerships for best practice, technical expertise and transfer, inclusive supply chain development and expanded market access.
The Kienyeji Partners Kenyan practice has over 5 years of on the ground relevant experience primarily across 3 thematic areas including:

• Strengthening value chains (agricultural value chains) to help farmers improve agricultural practices, produce higher-value items and access new, more profitable markets through better linkages. Kienyeji Partners helps agri-business corporates to understand and engage with small holder farmers better and to adapt their value chains to be inclusive of small holders.
• Creating new socioeconomic models for development interventions to improve the quality of life of the poor.

• Developing Entrepreneurs through training programs aimed at helping men and women develop the skills and resources they need to launch or expand businesses, while fostering a broader culture of entrepreneurship and sense of social responsibility.

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When to Hire a Poultry Farming Consultant

Many farmers dive into poultry farming when they are completely “blank” as to what the whole process entails. They just want to farm poultry without knowing how to build poultry house, choose the right breeds, where to buy the breeds, what breeds to choose, how to do brooding, what feeds to buy, what vaccinations to give and when and how to maximize productions. This is always a costly mistake. Poultry farming is a very capital intensive business. Before your chicken are mature, you are going to spend money every step of the way until your products reach the market. The last thing you want is to simply throw money down the drain by attempting a DIY poultry farming in Kenya or anywhere in Africa.

Poultry farming is not difficult but setting up a large commercial farm that produces optimally is difficult and farmers may not know much on how to reduce losses and maximize yields. Poultry farming consultants will put everything together for you and assist you in not only running a successful farming operation but also in maximizing yields and profits from your farming operation.

Some farmers simply rely on suppliers to learn along as they venture into poultry farming but this is not necessarily the best route. Remember that suppliers have an incentive to sell their products whether it is feeds, equipment, vaccines or day old chicks and they are not going to be very objective or forthcoming about the various options which are available in the marketplace. Poultry farming consultants are, however, not tied up by such obligations. As a result, they can give you a very honest and impartial advice on what to buy and best decisions to take in order to turn a quick profit.

A professional poultry farming consultant should help you accomplish the following:-

  • Should be able to offer you comprehensive training on poultry farming in Kenya taking into consideration the various local conditions in the country or region where you plan to raise your poultry.
  • A poultry farming consultant must understand the local conditions and recommend a suitable breed for the local conditions where you are raising your poultry.
  • They must know about the best performing poultry breeds in your country or region and recommend the best breeds that will give you the most value.
  • Must have very good knowledge of the various poultry equipment and equipment suppliers that will help you maximize on poultry production.
  • A poultry farming consultant must clearly understand poultry farm management practices that will maximize on your production.
  • They must be able to carry out financial projections and develop business plans that will help you put up a profitable poultry farming business.
  • They must have good contacts of buyers and suppliers to help you establish yourself in the business.
  • They must be able to assist you in maximizing the efficiency of your farm by recommending various technologies, products and poultry management practices.
  • They must have in-depth knowledge and understanding of poultry bio-security and management systems.
  • They must be able to adapt quickly and design systems for local conditions that will maximize poultry production.

Good farm management practices will be instantly visible through your business bottom line. Poultry farming consultants can offer you advise on the best growth strategy to follow in order to hit your poultry farming goals. For example, if you want to produce 10,000 eggs per day, you will need to know the financial implications of building a farm of such capacity.

At the end of the day, and due to the capital intensive nature of poultry farming, it is the numbers that count. To make a good profit from your farming venture, you have to take all the important factors of production into account.  For example, 3% and 4% mortality rate might seem like an insignificant number but when you have 10,000 birds in your farm, the numbers begin to make sense. It means you are losing 300-400 chickens due to poor management practices. That means you are losing money! A poultry farming consultant will help you in plugging these holes and take the guesswork out of poultry farming.

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