Vet on call: Trouble with running a mixed livestock farm

Bishop Kamuri Muya with livestock that he rears on his farm in Elburgon, Nakuru County. He keeps a variety of livestock while growing different crops on his two-acres of land. PHOTO | JOHN NJOROGE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • Kimani’s brief gave me the impression of a farmer who wanted to keep every type of animal but had not invested a lot in understanding the principles of productive livestock farming.
  • I confirmed the animal had mild lumpy skin disease and had been treated properly. The disease presents in the manner observed when the animal has high residual immunity from previous exposure or vaccination.
  • From the description, his birds had coccidiosis. Most likely they had recurrent infections because of mixing with the free-range birds.
  • I confirmed with Kimani the cows had foot and mouth disease (FMD) earlier in the year. The limping was due to residual effects of the FMD attack.

The call came last week and the caller said he wanted me to visit his mixed livestock farm in Ruiru and find out what was ailing his animals.

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