LifeNets Animal Husbandry Course for POTG (Pass on the Gift)


Goal:  Participants will be equipped with knowledge and skills to care for and benefit from the POTG


Objectives:  Participants should be able to

  1. enumerate the causes of the demise of their cattle populations
  2. reflect on the solutions that should have been implemented to prevent the demise
  3. show the intended benefits of the animals in the households
    1. Milk, draught power
  4. carry out an inventory of physical/natural resources and institutions that support cattle husbandry in the area
    1. water
    2. crop residues
    3. grazing land
    4. agricultural support institutions (private or government)
  5. understand animal husbandry practices including breeding, feeding and disease control.
  6. develop an action program for the year 2001-2002


Course content


1.      Cause-Effect analysis of cattle population demise. Reflect on solutions. Participatory flow diagram.

2.      Benefits of the POTG animals and the rules for the implementation.

3.      Animal husbandry resource inventory

4.      Animal husbandry practices

5.      Program development for 2001-2002

Training Program


Day 1


0830-1030  Cause-Effect analysis of cattle population demise (a group exercise)

1030-1100 Tea break

1100-1300 Ranking the causes and discussing the solutions (exercise)

1300-1400   lunch

1400-1500 benefits and rules of the POTG animals

1500-1700 River Code role play


Day 2


0830-1030  Resource inventory for Animal Husbandry   Do a resource map and VENN diagram

1030-1100 tea break

1100-1300Continuation of above


1300-1400 lunch

1400-1500 Breeding, calf care (feeding, housing, disease prevention and control) [the backbone of the program VERY IMPT!!]

1500-1700          Animal food requirements  -- Types of feeds and their use


Day 3


0830-1030  Use of crop residues    Growing feed crops (grasses and legumes (runners and trees)


1030-1100  tea break


1100-1300             Preservation of feed stuffs ex haymaking, stover preservation of maize and ground nut residues along with demonstration


1300-1400 lunch

1400-1700             Animal feed rations things to avoid in feeding cattle


Day 4


0830 1030 Common cattle diseases (identification, symptoms, prevention and treatment)

1030-1100  tea break


1100-1300  Continuation of above

1300-1400 lunch


1400 1700   Disease prevention mechanisms





Day 5


0830-1030 Continue with the above

1030-1100 tea break

1100-1300  Preparatory work for program development (learning the steps)

1300-1400    Lunch

1400 1700  Program development


Day 6


0830 1030  presentations and critique

1030 1100  tea break

1100 1300 presentations and critique