Breeding pure

28 August 2019 | Agriculture

With poultry farming become a lucrative business, especially in drought-stricken areas of northern Namibia, well-known chicken breeder, Ranch Koiimasis, is advising farmers to consider mixing household breeds with purer ones, to improve size and meat quality.

Ranch Koiimasis, which has become a regular exhibitor at the Ongwediva Annual Trade Fair (OATF), exhibits a variety of pure chicken breeds such as Austrolop, Black & Blue Polish, Buff Orpington, Golden Seabrights, Koek Koek, Lavender Austrolop, Lavender Pekin, Red Polish, Rhode Island and many more.

Company representative Wulff Adolf Izko told Ewi lyaNooli that the chickens are bred in Europe, Australia and South Africa.

“I started with very few chickens and I realised that there was a shortage of purebred chickens in the country, and today I am advanced in terms of purebred chickens, and my aim is to keep them as pure as possible,” Izko said.

“These are pure chickens, which were bred in Europe, Australia and South Africa. I always order them in egg form and hatch them here.”

Izko told Ewi lyaNooli he has been a poultry farmer for the past 30 years. He farms in the south in the Tiras Mountains, next to the Namib Desert, where there is hot climatic conditions and little rainfall.

Izko said people should start doing things differently, to make sure that their poultry are healthier and more profitable.

“When I started selling chicken in Windhoek, many of the orders I was getting were aimed for the north. I decided to find a platform to introduce my chicken to the north and I found the Ongwediva Annual Trade Fair as the most ideal one. Four years ago I started exhibiting here and people are interested in the bigger chickens I have,” Izak said.

“People here are farming with the Wambo Chicken which is small in size, all they have to do is just to mix it with bigger breeds to improve size and meat quality.”

Izko said at Ranch Koiimasis they also offer breeding advice for intensive small-scale poultry farming. He said chicken farming is a lucrative business opportunity, but it requires attention in order to make it as profitable as possible.

Izko said many people have established hatcheries as a means of generating income. Poultry are, however, prone to diseases and parasites.

He therefore advised farmers to follow chicken vaccination programmes to make sure their chicken are free from external parasites.

ILENI NANDJATO

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