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Conchak Investments Zambia

Fuel / Diesel
Livestock Farming

The farming of and with animals has been part of human activity almost since the human being stopped being only hunter and gatherers. Since then the humans have evolved and so have the animals that serve them.
Because of environmental conditions in different parts of the world, there have been almost as many developments as different regions.
Just like with other aspects of agriculture, the demands to ‘produce more’, has also been part of livestock farming, and again it is only through science and knowledge that this can be achieved.

Some of the main challenges:

Some brief examples of possible “Before and After”

A Nguni cow, left to graze on what is available, produces an average of
4 liters milk / day

The same Nguni cow when receiving a fodder supplement can average
9 liters milk / day.
A Jersey cow, receiving scientifically formulated fodder, averages
24 liters milk / day.

The current production record stands at an astounding
40 liters + / day.

That is a 260 – 600 % difference.

      Fly Stress which is merely the emotional stress that flies can cause for
       a cow, can result in a reduction of up to 3 litres milk per day.

      Tick-borne diseases cost the industry as much as $168 million on the
       African continent, with a mortality of 1.1 million cattle every year.


 With the relevant knowledge and science this can be drastically reduced.

Towards the solution which HTAD Zambia can provide.

Acquire Expertise.

Animal Health / Veterinary Science

Disease & Pest control Technology

Cattle breed selection.

Fodder / Feed design

Farm management (incl. business skills)

Human resource management

Skills transfer

Apply modern technology.

Robotic / Automated milking

Spray race / Fly misters

Pasture Fertigation

Fodder production

Change the business model.


Hydroponic Livestock Fodder- Drought-Proof the herds

And improve their health and performance.

In Australia, New Zealand, Middle East and Americas, cattle fodder is already being produced hydroponically, resulting in a multitude of benefits.

There is already documented scientific evidence that the benefits have far reaching positive effects;

First fodder harvested within 10 days of completion of construction.

Carbon dioxide injection cuts the growing time to 4 days and increase production by25%

Traditional high quality fodder production uses 50 000 litres water per ton produced.

Hydroponic equivalents use < 2000 litres of water per ton produced.

1 Kg of seed produces between 7 to 12 Kg of fodder (varies with type of grain).

Increases weight gain in meat producing animals.

There are no fungicides or pesticides used that could contaminate the meat or milk.

Chances of diseases associated with feeds are reduced by 60 – 75%

In Dairy, the volume of milk produced increased by 11% and milk fat by 23 %.

Can produce 3000 Kg of Fodder per square metre of land per year.

Studies estimate the cost of fattening an animal using hydroponic fodder at 4 to 8 times less compared to using grain over a 90 – 120 day period.

A case study for beef cattle proved a 27% reduction in feeding costs per kg of weight gain.

Hydroponic Livestock Fodder- Drought-Proof the herds

And improve their health and performance.