Lamwa Vetcare | FAQs

1. Should I become a farmer?

Like any other career choice, your decision on whether to become a farmer depends on the answers to four crucial questions: 1. Do you have a real interest or passion for farming? 2. Are you willing to invest in the skills and other resources necessary to succeed in farming? 3. Can farming earn you a good income? 4. Can farming enable you to meaningfully impact other people’s lives? Only you have the answers to the first two questions; we can help you address the last two. • Income. Agriculture is the foundation of Kenya’s economy. The agricultural sector’s direct and indirect contribution to the Kenyan economy stands at 53 percent. In short, farming is big business in Kenya. And, judging by the willingness of local and international lenders to finance agribusinesses, it evident that farming in Kenya can be highly profitable. • Impact. In addition to earning income for the Kenyan economy, livestock farming literally feeds the country and the East African region at large. Our growing population needs nourishment, and FAO projects that by 2050, the livestock sector in Kenya will supply the population with an additional 7.8 million tonnes of meat and dairy products.

2. I want to be a poultry farmer. How do I get started?

Research widely to learn about the agribusiness sector. Once you get a strong general grasp of the sector, you can determine the scale of poultry business to launch. Next, identify experienced poultry farmers who can mentor you into that area of agribusiness. Keep in mind that even the most experienced and successful farmers never stop learning and improving. At Lamwa Vetcare, we’re happy and qualified to help you launch your poultry production business.

3. What does it take to succeed in poultry farming?

Successful poultry farming requires passion, lots of practical experience, and immense resilience. Furthermore, the poultry production sector in Kenya is becoming increasingly dependent on science and technology. You need to continually learn innovative ways to feed your animals, breed them, and deal with illnesses that ail them. You also need sharp business acumen to succeed as a poultry farmer. Lamwa Vetcare aids your journey to success by giving access to our expertise and network of buyers of poultry products.

4. I’m a successful small-scale poultry farmer. How do I scale up my operation?

First, seek expert advisory services to help you scale your productivity. Experienced veterinary professionals can provide extension services that transition your farm from a resource-, labor-, input-, and time-intensive practice to a planning, management, and production system that is not only highly efficient but also sustainable. Second, partner with organizations that give you access to the financial services you need to grow sustainably. Lastly, use agricultural intelligence and data analytics tools—such as precision agriculture tools and remote sensing and mapping technologies—to come up with data-driven strategies that give you an edge over other mid-sized to large-scale poultry farmers.

5. Why do some poultry farmers fail in their business?

The challenges for dairy farmers in Kenya include: 1. Insufficient knowledge about poultry production 2. Lack access to buyers for the goods 3. Unscrupulous middlemen and brokers 4. High cost of feeds and equipment for poultry 5. Outbreak of poultry diseases

6. Lack of access to high-quality poultry care veterinary services

Lamwa Vetcare provides solutions for the last three problems by: 1. Giving dairy farmers direct access to suppliers to eliminate the need for brokers 2. Providing effective prevention and treatment services 3. Offering our services online to make them easily accessible 6. I own a pet. How often should I take it to the vet? Like their human owners, pets need regular health checkups to make sure they stay healthy. The question of how often depends on the pet’s age. Puppies and kittens need to be vaccinated every three or so weeks until they are sixteen weeks old. Dogs receive vaccination for rabies, influenza and so on, whereas cats undergo tests for diseases such as feline immunodeficiency virus and leukemia. Adult dogs (ages 1 to 7–10) need annual checkups that include head-to-tail physical exams and blood tests. They receive a rabies booster vaccine on the first annual checkup and then after every three years. Lamwa Vetcare recommends taking senior dogs (older than 7–10 years) for checkups every six months for physical exams and other tests. Closely monitoring your pet’s health ensures it lives a long, happy life because i