Cattle, sheep and goats represent over eighty percent of meat consumption in Nigeria. The rates of consumption of these animals are currently faster than the rate of reproduction. In the near future it is foreseen that meat will be scarce and expensive. Somenorthern states including Adamawa, Borno, Yobe, Kano, Jigawa, noted for rearing these animals have suffered from the activities of terrorists in the last seven years. This has led to a sharp decline in the numbers produced from these states.
Many animals are currently being imported from neighbouring countries such as Mali, Niger and Cameroun. Commercial cattle, sheep and goat ranching provides opportunities to make good profits, employ thousands of citizens, diversify the revenue base and increase activities in the animal husbandry value chain.
This international course is meant for federal and state government policy makers in Nigeria. It is a capital investment opportunity designed to show the participants the theoretical and practical benefits of modern animal ranching. Participants will visit two large commercial ranches in the United States of America as part of the training. The objective is to create such commercial ranches in different states in Nigeria.
- The history and economic importance of cattle, sheep and goats.
- Breeds of cattle, sheep and goats for commercial rearing
- Land and climatic requirements
- Housing, water and vetinary care
- Feeding: Grasses, Legumes and grains
- The stomach structure of ruminants
- Maturity and reproduction cycle
- Caring and weaning the kids.
- Sales and marketing of live animals
- Sales of animal products – Meat, Milk, Hide, Dung, Bones
- Developing the animals value chain
- Budgeting for commercial animal husbandry
For whom: State government executive team, Special advisers on Investments, Ministry Officials etc