ZADF’s qualified Field Staff provide extension services and training in:
- Nutrition, Fodder Planning and Production;
- Herd Health.
- Animal Husbandry.
- Hygienic and Clean Milk Production.
- Increasing and improving the genetic status of the National Herd through targeted Provincial Artificial Insemination Synchronisation Programmes.
ZADF Trains Dairy Farmers in Business
- Business Planning
- Market Research
- Stock Control
- Record Keeping
- Costing and Costs Management
An Entrepreneurial Training of Trainers Workshop for ZADF Field Staff and Milk Collection Centre representatives was conducted in December 2014 in Harare by valued ZADF Partners, We Effect.
Following this, ZADF Field Staff trained 127 dairy farmers, comprising 86 men and 41 women from February to May 2015, at 6 Milk Collection Centres: Honde Valley, Hamaruomba, Tsonzo, Nharira, Shurugwi and Sadza.
The objective was to encourage and empower farmers through:
Learning to view and manage their dairy farming as a business; and Equipping them to run their dairy enterprises and operations at their Milk Collection Centres efficiently and cost effectively.
Our Courses provides a fuller understanding of business to dairy farmers and is rolling out to the remaining six Centres. Refresher course will be conducted annually.
ZADF Artificial Insemination Synchronisation Programme
Artificial Insemination (AI) was identified as a possible option for:
- Increasing production
- Introducing new genetic material from adaptable, desirable dairy breeds better suited for harsh environments.
AI is normally done from October to March as most cows are in good condition due to improved grazing. Failure to conceive may arise from:
- Poor body condition
- Poor nutrition
- Cow not healthy
- Heat detection
- Incompetent technician
AI will significantly improve purity of dairy breeds and subsequently increase volumes of milk delivered to markets which is directly related to incomes realised at farmer level. All ZADF Field Staff have done the AI Refresher Course to enhance knowledge and skills.