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Cost of Poultry feeds relief by Nuscience concentrates.

Cost of Poultry feeds relief by Nuscience concentrates.

November 5, 2021

Nuscience Concentrates

With the rising costs of feeds in Kenya farmers will now be able to make their own quality feeds by using Nuscience concentrates.

According to the Association of Kenya Feed Manufactures, the price of layers’ marsh has increased from Sh2,450 per 50kg bag to Sh2,550 in the last two to three months.

Chicken marsh was selling at Sh2,750 and it is now at Sh2,850. Dairy meal was selling at Sh15 per kilo by May and the price has now doubled to Sh30 per kilo.

One major challenge, as noted by Akfema secretary general Martin Kinoti is that Kenya does not produce any reasonable quantities of the raw materials used to manufacture the feeds.

They include soybeans and sunflower or cotton whose by-products soya bean meal, sunflower seed cake or meal and cottonseed cake or meal are the major sources of protein in animal feeds.

Kenya depends on imports from Zambia, Tanzania, Uganda and Malawi. Such explains why a tray of eggs from Uganda would sell in Kenya for as low as Sh220.

Kinoti says the increase in raw materials in the past three months is between 25 per cent to 65 per cent while feeds have gone up between 15 per cent and 20 per cent.

“This has therefore resulted in feed-millers operating at a loss and many of them have already closed down operations,” he said.

Mambo Gathungu,Proprietor Lakeside Dairy says he buys a 70 kgbag of dairy meal for Sh2,250 yet at one point it was Sh1,300.

This increase, he says, has to be shifted to the consumer but the monopoly in the market from giant competitors who have the advantage of economies of scale would make it difficult.

“Due to the economy of scale, some small-scale farmers are opting out. When you find that feeds that were enough for 10 animals can only feed three, a farmer will see they are not making a profit and this is bad for food security,” he says.

But while Kenyan farmers are lamenting the high cost of feeds, the association notes that some of the by-products that can be used to manufacture feeds in the country are being exported to other nations that offer better prices. These are wheat pollard, wheat bran and maize germ that end up in Arab nations.

“The result has been a severe shortage and sharp increase in prices of raw materials. For example, wheat bran prices have moved from Sh17 four months ago to Sh24 today,” says Kinoti.

Introducing Nuscience concentrates from the Nuscience Group, Netherlands

Nuscience offers a range of innovative and effective young animal nutrition concepts, customized premixes, performing concentrates, additives and functional feed ingredients which play a major role in health, well-being and overall performance of animals.
With the rising costs of feeds in Kenya farmers will now be able to make their own quality feeds by using Nuscience concentrates.
What are concentrates?
Concentrates are feed raw materials that are mixed with other locally available raw materials e.g broken maize,soya,maize bran and sunflower to make a complete feed.
Vet Okuta Ngura says, You only need 50kgs of the concentrate to make 1 tonne of feed. 
The products available include
  1. Layers
  2. broilers
  3. pig concentrates
It contains the necessary percentages of energy, protein, vitamins, minerals and

The resulting feed mixture guarantees health and higher yields in your animals.

Rear 5% and Layer 5% Concentrates
These are low protein concentrates.
It is mixed with broken maize, maize bran, limestone, soya de-oiled cake and sunflower cake to make a complete feed.
It is highly concentrated with the other additives e.g. amino acids and vitamins hence you only require 50kgs to make a tonne of feed.
The Rear 5% balances amino acid profile in both Soycake and Sunflower.
Rear 5% is used between 0-17 weeks to make chick and grower mash while Layer 5% is used from 18 weeks to make Layer mash.
Rear 5% and Layer 5% is highly recommended for large farmers who can source for quality soya and sunflower. It’s also a cheaper alternative when soya prices are low.
Layer 20% Concentrate
This is the high protein concentrate and is used from week 6 in making grower and layer mash.
It’s only mixed with broken maize, maize bran and limestone to make a complete feed.
One bag of 50% kgs is used to make 250kgs of feed.
This is recommended for farmers who are not able to source for quality soya and sunflower.
Broiler 30% concentrate
This is high protein concentrate used mainly for broilers from day 0 to 35 days.
It’s only mixed with broken maize to make a complete feed. It doesn’t require additional protein or any other raw material/premix when mixing.
It’s also used to make chick mash (0-6 weeks) by farmers using Layer 20% concentrates.
It is highly recommended to be used during this delicate stage of layers as it eliminates the risk of using soya and sunflower with varying quality.
NB: All above concentrates contain the required additives needed for the quick and healthy growth of the birds. The mixing tables provided are in kgs.
Prices for the concentrates are as below;
Lay 20% – Kes 6,000
Lay 5 % – Kes 6,500
Rear 5% – Kes 6,500
Broiler 30% – Kes 6,000
All in 50 kgs bags. A bag of the concentrate makes 1 tonne of feed.
To buy Nuscience concentrates located in Kenya at Marurui near Thome off Nothern bypass Nairobi
Contact Halisha feeds who are the dealers on.
Credits; Standard Media & Vet Okuta Ngura


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