Farm­ers called upon to ap­proach cat­tle ranch­ing as a se­ri­ous business

Sunday News (Zimbabwe) - - Farming News - Lim­pret Moyo Farm­ing Re­porter

FARM­ERS must ap­proach cat­tle ranch­ing as a se­ri­ous business that can play an im­por­tant role in the turn­around of agri­cul­ture in the coun­try.

Zim­babwe Na­tional Farm­ers Union pro­vin­cial chair­man for Mata­bele­land South and chair­per­son of Coun­cil of Farm­ers Unions Mr Mce­bisi Ndlovu said farm­ers must be equipped with proper skills in cat­tle ranch­ing for them to grow their busi­nesses.

He was speak­ing last week dur­ing a cat­tle breed work­shop or­gan­ised by Ca­man Brah­mans in con­junc­tion with Zim­babwe Brah­man Breeders As­so­ci­a­tion and Ru­vale Brah­mans at a Bu­l­awayo ho­tel.

“The aim is to equip up­com­ing farm­ers with new breed­ing tech­niques to im­prove the qual­ity of their herds and to equip them with man­age­ment skills of their farm­ing en­ter­prises. The ap­proach of these work­shops is to view farm­ing as a business. It should never be a hobby, but a money gen­er­at­ing en­ter­prise.

“We aim at ed­u­cat­ing Zim­bab­wean farm­ers that the Brah­man is very suit­able for the Zim­bab­wean en­vi­ron­ment. It is tol­er­ant to heat and drought, there­fore, it is a high performing an­i­mal in our given en­vi­ron­ment.

“We want to make farm­ers re­alise that if cat­tle breed­ing is done cor­rectly, it brings money. There is a lot of money in cat­tle breed­ing which the farm­ers should take ad­van­tage of,” said Mr Ndlovu who is also a Ca­man Brah­mans Breeder.

In an in­ter­view, a top breeder based in South Africa, Mr Jan Van Zyl said Zim­babwe and South African farm­ers must share knowl­edge about cat­tle breed­ing.

“We are glad to share our knowl­edge with farm­ers as this will con­vince them to look at cat­tle breed­ing in an­other way. If you want to make profit, keep your an­i­mals in a good con­di­tion, take care of them, love them and do­ing this will bring progress,” he said.

He urged breeders in Zim­babwe to de­sist from im­port­ing an­i­mals from the United States of Amer­ica or Aus­tralia as they might fail to adapt to lo­cal con­di­tions.

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