1. Farmers forget to stop milking their lactating animlas two months before giving birth. Animals often succumb to milk fever and are not optimally productive if they have not been dried off adequately.
2. Many cows have silent heats or problems with coming on heat. This results in low breeding probability.
3. Many cows are not given a balanced diet with the correct minerals and can reslut in retained placenta and infection after birth. This impacts on the overll productivity of the animal.
Farmers register their cow to the cow Kalenda by date of insemination and receive timely SMS reminders on when to look for heat signs, when to do PD test, when to stop milking and how best to do so, best practices in hygiene and feeding , vaccination and worming, as well as calf nutritioin and calf care.
1. Many cows are served when they are too young and are not fed adequately resulting in stunted animals that have problems when calving.
2. Many young cows are not given a balanced diet with the correct minerals and can reslut in retained placenta and infection after birth. This impacts on the overll productivity of the animal.
Farmers register their Heifer on the Heifer Kalenda based on date of insemination and receive timely reminders on potential heat signs, best practices including feeding, hygiene, milking, vacinations, worming, calf nutrition and care.
1. A cows potential is determined by its first 3 months of life during which time it grows from being dependent on milk, to having a healthy rumen able to digest grasses. Many calfs do not get the adequate attention required to go through this transition smoothly.
2. Many calves suffer from bacteria realted illnesses often associated with poor hygiene when bucket feeding. This impacts greatly on their growth.
3. Many calves are bred at first signs of heat when they are still growing and too young. This can result in stunted animals and difficulties during calving.
Calves are registerd to the Calf Kalenda based on date of birth and farmers receive SMS reminders on best feeding, hygiene, vaccinations, worming requirements, as well as notification when the calf is due to come on heat and warnings not to breed her unless she is over a certain weight or age.
iCow has 3 poultry Kalendas for Broilers (meat production) Layers (Egg production) and Kienyeji (free range) birds.
1. All poultry require vaccinations. There is high mortality in smallholder poultry production due to lack of vaccinating. Most farmers have a combination of birds for meat as well as eggs and within these groups they differ in age too.
2. Birds require changes in brooder temperatures as they grow.
3. As birds grow they require changes in their feed.
4. Hygiene is a big killer of smallholder poultry
Flocks of birds are registered to the various poultry Kalendas by hatch date and farmers begin to receive information on best practices, hygiene, vaccination reminders and more.