TRAINING OR CONSULTATION
This is the most important step of venturing into rabbit farming of our breed. We do training and consultation on a daily basis, consult and supply breeding stock, building rabbit housing, provision of feeds and veterinary drugs for our rabbits to the farmers.
With the course, you get a contract where we commit to purchasing back rabbits from you for the next 3 years.
One day course cost Ksh.5000 and contract Ksh.6000. With these two you are good to start.
please contact us immediately on 0718784649 for your training everyday subject our terms and conditions.
YOU MUST DECIDE WHAT LEVEL TO START AT AT THE TAIL END OF CONSULTATION CUM TRAINING.
INITIAL SITE VISIT
Upon consultation/training the next crucial step is AKL visiting your site where you intend to do the farming.
Farmers pay for this visit according to the distance from AKL head farm.
Several factors are checked based on the farming of our rabbit breed including, wind flow, the temperature to determine what type of cages you need, land position and ownership, distance from AKL head farm, structure dimensions, size of starter stock versus your space and AKL prospective order.
During the site visit, the farmer should have paid the disposition for the whole programme to show the seriousness the farming deserves.This is because the next immediate step which is building the rabbit house.
BUILDING THE RABBIT HOUSING
AKL may build the farm from scratch according to the AKL specifications. The farmer to be should sign a separate agreement with AKL on this.
A rabbit farm MANDATORILY consists of the structure or barn, the rabbit cages, the long rooms, quarantine section, and pharmacy.
Never attempt to build yours AKL may disapprove them upon site visit. This will occasion loss when AKL puts up the farm.
AKL will provide a quotation for building the desired rabbit farm to enable the new farmer to be able to pay up in good time without any waste of time.
DIFFERENT SIZES OF NEW FARMS REQUIRE DIFFERENT TIME FRAME TO CONSTRUCT ACCORDING TO THE LEVEL THE NEW FARMER WISHES TO START WITH.
WE CURRENTLY HAVE SIX LEVELS FOR ALL FARMERS NAMELY;
1. Trial level
2. Bronze level
3. Silver level
4. Gold level
5. Diamond level
6. Platinum level
STRUCTURE OR BARN
This is the outer enclosure of the rabbit farm that buffers your rabbits against adverse weather and theft. The size depends on the number of starter stock, future expansion, and the owner’s desires.
Ideally, the bigger the starter stock the bigger the structure or barn.If you desire a bigger structure for expansion in future, this is also discussed at this stage before the commencement of putting it up.
These are regular cages and commensurate with the number of female dams and male sires. The ratio of both is three to one male and therefore the cages need be more due to the availability of adequate space after the female dams start kindling.
These are large and spacious cages meant for young wean rabbit bunnies.Since our rabbit breed kindles five to twelve young ones each time.
Long rooms are very important to help the farmer save on building cages each time female dams give birth.
QUARANTINE AND PHARMACY SECTIONS
Normally rabbits get sick of VIRAL AND BACTERIAL diseases some of which are contagious.
For this reason, sick rabbits should be isolated and out in special cages called quarantine cages. Once they recover they are rejoined with the flock but sometimes they may die and dispose of. AKL has an agreement with Kabete Vet lab for CARCASS diagnosis of all its dead rabbits to know the cause of death for all its farmers.
All drugs and supplements are stores in a cool place and away from children if any at all AKL farms and it’s farmers’ farms.This place is called the pharmacy. AKL supplies its farmers with a drug guide and drugs for MOST DISEASES affecting our breed at the stocking stage of the farm.
NEW FARMERS SHOULD NOT WORRY OVER THIS ISSUE.
Suffice to say, other elements of the rabbit farm are disposal method, kitchen garden or farm, and drainage channels.
Slaughterhouse is a must for large-scale rabbit farms like ours.
STOCKING THE FARM
Upon construction of the farm and the new farmer paying the required dues, AKL stocks the farm.
New farmer is required to have cleared ALL dues by the TIME THE FARM IS BEING COMPLETED AND FARM DISINFECTED.
AKL supplies SERVED female dams and ready to serve male sires to all its new farmers. The supplied male sires are not the ones that have served the supplied females. This ensures continuity of production with compromising the relationship of the supplied stock. There are several problems associated with inbreeding including malloculosis (teeth problems), mooneye, suppressed immature births and cannibalism among others.
THE NEW FARMER IS FREE TO ASK ANY QUESTIONS DURING THIS STAGE INCASE ANYTHING WAS NOT CLEAR DURING THE PREVIOUS STEPS.
IT IS AT THIS STAGE AKL COMPLETES A CONTRACT FOR THE FARMER UPON VERIFYING EVERYTHING IS IN ORDER THE NEW FARMER IS READY TO FLY!
FOLLOW UP AFTER STOCKING
Throughout the process, the new farmer is required to get conversant with his or her passion. We remain ready to advise the farmer on any issues relating to the farming whether there are problems or not regardless of the level at the entry of the farmer.
AKL visits it’s farmers regularly should this be required and sometimes without notice. Many a time it has rescued its farmers from the death of their rabbits and run away caretakers!
AKL regularly advises its farmers on the drugs to buy for their rabbits and supplies some when necessary.
Stunted females, cannibalizing females and lack of adequate weight gain are common problems our farmers go through.
MARKETING THE PRODUCE
Rabbit products include meat, pelt, urine, and blood.
AKL is involved in the production of meat and rabbit meal.
The first harvest happens in 6 months time.
PROFIT LEVELS IN THE FOLLOWING LEVELS;
- TRIAL LEVEL
- BRONZE LEVEL
- SILVER LEVEL
- GOLD LEVEL
- DIAMOND LEVEL
- PLATINUM LEVEL
The farmer fills in a copy of the HARVEST FORM in the contract, emails the copy and AKL immediately schedule the harvest and payment thereof for all 3 kg and above rabbits as per contract.
AKL can terminate a non-performing farmer on the first harvest.
CONTRACT EXPIRY AND RENEWAL
Upon expiry of the initial contract in 3 years, AKL has the discretion to renew or terminate the contract. At this point, ONLY successful farmers get contracts renewed for the next 5 years and an account is opened for them by AKL.
Contract Rabbit Farming
Alcare will soon export more rabbit meat to Italy.
Today, there are more than 1500 Rabbit Farmers in Kenya (47 counties), Tanzania and Uganda. Very soon Alcare will be in Rwanda, Nigeria, and Zimbabwe.