Animal Husbandry

Animal husbandry is basically the rearing, breeding and keeping of farm animals for producing food and other products for human beings. At St. Elizabeth Demo Farm, we have established programs on dairy goats, poultry and apiary. At the heart of these programs is the objective of imparting practical skills in sustainable livestock and apiculture management to the lower Subukia community at large.

Our overall goal is to ensure those who go through the training programs are eventually able to replicate what they learn at their homes and improve the quality of their lives. The practical enterprises we take our trainees through include;

1. Poultry Enterprise

The organization rears various chicken breeds mainly for :-

  • Practical training of the students
  • Starter kits for the trainees during the course of their studies
  • Improvement of the local breeds through selling of cocks for interbreeding.

The breeds kept are ;

a) Improved Kienyeji

The farm purchases day old chicks from renowned hatcheries such as Kenchick – for Kenbro breed, Kukuchick Kenya for Sasso and Rainbow Roosters. The improved Kienyeji chicken are dual purpose breeds – good for both quality meat and more fertilized eggs. They also have a high disease resistance threshold and faster growth.

b) Commercial Layers

The farm rears chicken for eggs to help in practical training and exposure to the students on housing, husbandry and health management especially surrounding issues on vaccination.

2.Dairy Goat Production

For training purposes on dairy goat enterprise management, the farm keeps various breeds of goats such as;

  • Saanen
  • Toggenburg
  • German Alpine

3. Apiculture

The farm recently started a small apiary constituting of 3 Kenya Top Bar Hives (KTBH) and 2 Langstroth bee hives. The apiary is mainly used to train men on the best ways to raise and handle bees as a way to produce commercially viable amounts of honey and create a sustainable revenue stream for the community. As a norm, those who have been practicing bee keeping within the lower Subukia region have mostly been using traditional hives which are not only dangerous but also give low productivity.