The section has five sub-units which include; Dairy cattle unit on semi-zero grazing management system, Poultry under the project of improving productivity of local chicken, Piggery which is purely under intensive management system, Apiary which is a small training and demonstrational unit and Pastures management for animal feeding and training purpose.
The unit is basically for adaptive research training and demonstration of the recommended management skills suitable for the Lake Victoria Crescent Agro-ecological zone. Due to limited grazing area, the breeds we keep are mainly dairy breeds (Friesian and Jersey composite breed).
The piggery unit has 6 sows and I boar. The breed reared is Cambrough which is a composite breed. 50% Large white breed, 25% Land race breed and 25% Duroc breed. The unit out sources boars from NaGRIC-DB Entebbe centre to control in-breeding. Cambrough was introduced in the country in 2004 since then no new genes have been brought into the country.
Advantages of the Cambrough breed
• Big litter size( average 15 piglets)
• Good pork quality(puts on meat than fat) and
• Good growth rate.
Objectives of this unit include;
Adaptive research aimed at Identifying and promoting the latest commercial exotic breeds, promoting and developing indigenous livestock breeds which are potential for commercialisation and improving the socio-economic conditions of the people. To train students, pupils, farmers and Non government organizations in modern management practices of livestock.
Section achievements; Good supply of piglets to the market in the Lake Victoria Crescent Agro-ecological Zone. Largest litter ever recorded at MUZARDI was 18 piglets
Poultry Unit Section objectives; Adaptive research geared at producing improved cocks for farmers to improve their local stock, equip farmers with affordable technologies for better productivity as well as training students on internship with knowledge and skills, conducting adaptive research for improving productivity of exotic and local chicken.
The unit is a training/demonstrational project, with 13 bee hives: 3 Lang stroath, 5 long Lang stroath, 5 Kenyan top bar. About 5-7lts of honey realized per harvest.
These include; Gliricidia, Stylo, Chloris and Calliandra that are used for Fodder, Fencing and Nitrogen fixation into soil for the livestock unit and for training purposes.