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Beef From Grass

Author Name: Namukolo Mukutu | Format: Paperback | Genre : Technology & Engineering | Other Details

In the course of work as an Animal Husbandry Extension worker, Namukolo Mukutu often had requests from intending farmers on how to start a beef farm, where to farm, and how to farm. Already established farmers, on the other hand, also often approached him for advice with specific problems, usually relating to “how to”. The notes compiled in this book are intended for both these groups of farmers. The message or technologies in the first part (Chapters 1-27) are clear and easy to understand. This, however, is what is commonly taught in schools of animal husbandry. It is essentially the easier part. The more difficult part, and what is not taught in schools of animal husbandry has to do with how the cattle interact with their environment to assure sustainable availability of forage on which they depend. When this relationship is properly understood and put into practice, cattle productivity is enhanced and even continue to increase. Namukolo Mukutu makes this the cornerstone of the book. Sustainable animal husbandry systems are recommended for all soil and vegetation types of Zambia. The notes, provide a very simple and practical way in which the starting point of beef farming, the estimation of carrying capacity can be carried out, out of which the herd size and systems of animal husbandry suitable for the area can be designed and implemented.

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Namukolo Mukutu

Namukolo Mukutu is a Zambian national and a graduate of Massey University, New Zealand. He earned his agricultural sciences degree in Animal Production and Farm Management Economics. He is a Fellow in Rural Development Economics given in 1977, by the Economic Development Institute (EDI) of the World Bank. His working career began in the Southern Province, where together with two expatriate professionals, he worked closely with cattle farmers and later moved to Palabana Dairy Training Institute (Lusaka) to train dairy settlement scheme tenants. At the national level, as Chief Animal Husbandry Officer, he played a significant part in the introduction of foreign beef cattle breeds, the best known of which are the Boran and Simmental. He was instrumental in halting the importation of Offals (cattle heads) from Botswana. Instead the regularity of rural cattle sales was increased. Farmers were taught how to increase meat value by improving carcass grade through the feedlot. He supervised a number of development programmes, projects and schemes such as: the National Beef Scheme, Collective Ranches (Naluama, Keembe and Irumi) and the Mukulaikwa Cattle Development Area. As a Board Member of the Zambia Cattle Development Ltd (ZCDL) he was key in monitoring the implementation of Kalungwishi, Mbala and Mbesuma Ranches. His last tour of duty was Chairman of GART- the Golden Valley Agricultural Research Trust, for close to 15 years.

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