In Kenya, the majority of livestock farmers only call a Veterinarian when their animals are sick, as a last resort and especially after trying all other available options. But there is more you can benefit from a vet.
One of the main challenges facing Kenyan livestock farmers is the prevalence of animal diseases that affect animal health and productivity. These diseases can result in significant economic losses to farmers, as well as pose a threat to human health through the transmission of zoonotic diseases. Qualified vets play a critical role in preventing and managing these diseases, making them indispensable to livestock farmers.
Here are 8 reasons why you need qualified veterinarians:
Disease prevention and control
Qualified vets are essential in the prevention, early detection, and control of diseases. They help farmers develop appropriate vaccination schedules, implement biosecurity measures, and offer guidance on quarantine procedures. With their expertise, they help identify signs of illness and provide prompt treatment to sick animals, preventing the spread of diseases and minimising losses.
Animal health management
Livestock health is crucial to the success of any farming enterprise. Qualified veterinarians can help farmers manage their livestock’s health effectively, including nutrition, reproductive health, and growth.
Improved animal productivity
Qualified vets provide advice on animal nutrition, breeding, and other management practices to ensure optimal animal productivity. On reproduction management vets can provide advice on breeding, artificial insemination, and other reproductive technologies. This can help improve breeding efficiency and increase the number of healthy offspring.
Qualified vets can provide nutritional advice, which helps ensure that the animals receive a balanced diet. This can help improve the animals’ health and productivity.
Zoonotic disease control
Many animal diseases can be transmitted to humans, posing a significant risk to public health. Vets are trained to diagnose and treat zoonotic diseases, reducing the risk of transmission from animals to humans. They also advise farmers on best practices to reduce the risk of zoonotic disease transmission, such as proper hygienic practices.
Animal welfare is an important aspect of livestock farming, as it ensures that animals are kept in conditions that promote their well-being. Qualified vets can advise farmers on proper animal husbandry practices that promote animal welfare, reducing the risk of animal suffering and distress.
Sustainable livestock farming
Veterinarians are also trained to provide advice on sustainable farming practices that minimise the impact of livestock farming on the environment, reducing the risk of environmental degradation and promoting the long-term sustainability of the sector.
Vets can assist farmers in keeping accurate records of their animals’ health and production. This information can help farmers make informed decisions about herd management and identify areas for improvement.
Make a vet your friend.