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|Re: Diary Of My Grasscutter Colony by aquadude15: 2:56am On Mar 17, 2021|
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|Re: Diary Of My Grasscutter Colony by aquadude15: 3:03am On Mar 17, 2021|
farming is the way to go
|Re: Diary Of My Grasscutter Colony by aquadude15: 3:06am On Mar 17, 2021|
elampiro:the cage can conveinently contain 2 colonies sir. though I will split them to a bigger cage when the time comes
|Re: Diary Of My Grasscutter Colony by aquadude15: 3:07am On Mar 17, 2021|
Christistruth00:lol. that is the name they call the net. go to those people selling building materials, they will show it to ypu
|Re: Diary Of My Grasscutter Colony by aquadude15: 3:13am On Mar 17, 2021|
Christistruth00:snakes- make sure you block all the space with net, that it would be impossible for snakes to pass through
ants-keep your environment clean.
cold- you can cover them with nylon or tapoulin when the weather is cold
|Re: Diary Of My Grasscutter Colony by aquadude15: 3:14am On Mar 17, 2021|
Spandau:we have a concrete cage already
|Re: Diary Of My Grasscutter Colony by aquadude15: 3:15am On Mar 17, 2021|
|Re: Diary Of My Grasscutter Colony by aquadude15: 3:16am On Mar 17, 2021|
eedimo:you can get domesticated ones from research institutes and grasscutter farm
|Re: Diary Of My Grasscutter Colony by aquadude15: 3:17am On Mar 17, 2021|
ochiosa:we will soon transfer them to a concrete cage
|Re: Diary Of My Grasscutter Colony by aquadude15: 3:17am On Mar 17, 2021|
olite93:their is always a market for it
|Re: Diary Of My Grasscutter Colony by relicng: 3:42am On Mar 17, 2021|
|Re: Diary Of My Grasscutter Colony by PETUK(m): 5:03am On Mar 17, 2021|
aquadude15:wow that's massive
|Re: Diary Of My Grasscutter Colony by aquadude15: 5:09am On Mar 17, 2021|
PETUK:they mature very fast and reproduce quickly, in no time you will get your money back.
more also, they are choice meat
|Re: Diary Of My Grasscutter Colony by PETUK(m): 5:15am On Mar 17, 2021|
what food do they eat?
are they aggressive?
|Re: Diary Of My Grasscutter Colony by civilserva: 5:17am On Mar 17, 2021|
What is their food?
|Re: Diary Of My Grasscutter Colony by Mac2016(m): 5:35am On Mar 17, 2021|
sylve11:No inbreeding unless there's procreation nao. Most people "doing" their relatives do it for fun not procreation so no fear of inbreeding.
Before you stone me, I was only giving scientific explanation o.
Incest bad tho!
|Re: Diary Of My Grasscutter Colony by Midas01: 5:42am On Mar 17, 2021|
Nope, all animal species actually.
|Re: Diary Of My Grasscutter Colony by Jhayeahsam01(m): 7:05am On Mar 17, 2021|
a colony of 2males and 3females ready for sale ilorin,,, chk my signature for my contact
|Re: Diary Of My Grasscutter Colony by ochiosa(m): 8:00am On Mar 17, 2021|
aquadude15:That is best for them.
|Re: Diary Of My Grasscutter Colony by sylve11: 8:05am On Mar 17, 2021|
and you wonder why there is so much evil in the world? the reasons are not far fetched..............
|Re: Diary Of My Grasscutter Colony by aquadude15: 11:06am On Mar 17, 2021|
PETUK:when they get to a new environment, they become restless but after sometime they settle down.
they feed on the back of watermelon, pineapple, cassava, sugarcane
|Re: Diary Of My Grasscutter Colony by MightyFortress: 11:49am On Mar 17, 2021|
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|Re: Diary Of My Grasscutter Colony by MrBONE2(m): 12:01pm On Mar 17, 2021|
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|Re: Diary Of My Grasscutter Colony by taylorpositive: 1:26pm On Mar 17, 2021|
Grasscutter Farming; A Complete Guide on How to Start Grasscutter Farming in Nigeria
Are you searching for information on how to start a grasscutter farming venture in Nigeria? Then you’re in the perfect spot as this grasscutter farming guide will teach you everything you need to know about grasscutter farming techniques in Nigeria.
Have a good read.
Grasscutter Farming – An Introduction
Animal farming has always been an important aspect of the Nigerian agricultural sector.
Over the years, we experienced the rearing of farm animals like cattle, sheep, goats, rabbits, poultry, and the likes.
But one animal whose rearing hasn’t gained as much popularity as it should is the grasscutter.
Commercial grasscutter farming in Nigeria is a highly lucrative business, and you might want to look into it if you want to be unique in the world of animal rearing.
Read on if you want to find out more about grasscutters and how to start grasscutter farming in Nigeria.
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The Greater Cane Rat (Thryonomys swinderianus), popularly known as Grasscutter is a wild herbivore generally found in the riverbeds and swamps of sub-Saharan Africa.
In size, they are second only to Porcupines in the rodent family.
However, they do not possess long pointy spikes like their immediate cousins.
Species of Grasscutters are captured and reared mainly for their meat, which is highly-stacked with protein, therefore making it of great economic value.
Grasscutter in Yoruba is known as “Oya”.
Grass cutter animals proliferate in large numbers and very quickly too.
A mature female Grasscutter has a gestation period of 140 – 150 days (5 months or approximately 22 weeks).
They may deliver two times annually, giving birth to an average of four to seven offspring each time, and in some cases, up to ten.
In other words, a single mature female grasscutter can produce between 4 to 20 offspring in a year.
Since it can be quite difficult to capture these animals, rearing them in domestication is the better option to access their meat.
Facts You Should Know about Grasscutters
Their limbs, fur, tails, and skin can detach easily, making it difficult to capture and handle them
Grasscutters are quick runners and swimmers
They live above ground and are nocturnal in nature
Grasscutter fur color ranges from a mixture of brown-reddish and gray hairs that vary depending on its habitat, depending on their habitat.
These rodents can live up to 4 years in captivity.
They have relatively poor vision. However, they possess impressive hearing and a great sense of smell.
They are important pests of cane fields – hence the name Cane Rats in some regions. They are also known to mainly feed on grasses.
A fully mature female grasscutter may weigh up to 3.5 kg, while a fully mature male may weigh up to 4.5kg.
The Suckling period for baby grasscutters is 40 days (6 weeks) before weaning
Grass cutters live in colonies. A grasscutter colony in captivity consists of one male and three to four females. In the wild, a single male can service up to ten female grasscutters.
Two males cannot co-exist in one colony, so never put two male grasscutters in a single colony.
The presence of a male grasscutter triggers the ovulation periods of the females.
How to Start Grasscutter Rearing in Nigeria
Grasscutter farming/rearing in Nigeria is steadily becoming a lucrative animal farming option in the country and Africa as a whole.
Grasscutter farming in Ghana is also quite lucrative.
This is due to the great taste of grasscutter meat and its rarity in the market.
Grasscutter and rabbit farming have some similar principles, but they are not the same.
Grasscutter rearing is more popular in rural areas because of the availability of grasscutters in the region.
Moreover, businesses operating in the urban regions are mostly big-time companies and white-collar establishments.
In this article, you will learn some of the best grasscutter farming and management practices in Nigeria.
By the time you’re done reading this article, you will have learned all about grasscutter farming in Nigeria.
Think of it as a free grasscutter farming manual for beginners.
Note that you may need to hire or seek advice from a grasscutter farming expert for some practical aspects of this venture.
Advantages of Rearing Grasscutter in Nigeria
Requires Little Capital to Start
Compared to rearing other animals like goats, cattle, pigs, sheep, and even chickens, kickstarting a grasscutter rearing business in Nigeria requires only a little capital to start.
You can begin your grasscutter rearing journey with as low as 50,000 Naira, and you can upscale with time.
High Market Demand
Grasscutter meat, also known as bushmeat is widely eaten by many Nigerians and Africans. Its meat is one of a kind, and many people crave to have a taste.
However, grasscutters are not as common as other sources of meat like chicken, pig, and cattle, which makes their meat rare in the market. This rarity makes grasscutter meat of high demand in the market.
Relatively Cheap to Maintain
After purchasing your grasscutters, you don’t need to break the bank to keep or maintain them.
If you’re starting with one colony (one male and three to four females), you will only need to construct a small pen which won’t cost much.
Also, you can feed them with grasses and other relatively cheap supplements.
Combines Well with Crop Farming
Since grasscutters will eat grasses and other crops like rice, corn, millet, and so on, you can easily combine it with crop farming.
Instead of having to buy or source for feed for these animals, you can just take some of the proceeds of your crop farm and feed it to them.
This will also help in minimizing losses when you cannot store excess harvests and would’ve otherwise sold at cheap prices.
Everyone eats grasscutter meat.
There are no known religious or tribal constraints on the consumption of grasscutter meat in Nigeria, unlike other meat products like pork and even beef.
This widens the customer base for grasscutter meat.
Grasscutters are Relatively Clean Animals
Compared to other animals, grasscutters are clean animals. They do not urinate or excrete a lot, and grasscutter cages aren’t usually overwhelmed with foul smells. This means you can keep them close to the house to properly monitor them without being scared of horrid odors.
Feasibility Study for Grasscutter Farming in Nigeria
Formulating a business plan and conducting a feasibility study will put you on the right path in your grasscutter farming journey.
You have to consider all the key elements that control the dynamics of running a successful grasscutter farm by looking into past data and learning from established grasscutter farmers in Nigeria.
This step will help you prepare for possible threats and challenges, and other things like market value, and how to sell your grasscutters to make profits when they become mature.
So, conduct a grasscutter feasibility study and draft a business plan before starting any grasscutter farming procedure.
Note: It is advisable to start with one or two grasscutter colonies. This will help you understand the venture and learn from the experience at little or no risk. You can upscale as time goes on.
The best way of rearing grasscutters is in an intensive care system.
You cannot leave grasscutters to wander as you could do for cattle, sheep, goats, and chickens.
The method of housing could either be a cage or a specially-designed shed.
Grasscutters in captivity can be sensitive to certain environmental conditions, which can negatively affect their growth.
This is why their housing/habitat must be constructed according to certain specifications.
Specifications for Grasscutter Housing
Properly roofed pens with wire hutches
Proper aeration and lightening
The length of the shed should be 1.5 m tall, with the upper half covered with chicken wire.
Close proximity to a clean water source
Far from noise and thick bushes
Materials for the shed can be straw, bamboo, or bricks. The roof can be made up straw, corrugated iron, or any other water-proof material.
The size of the building is dependent on the number of grass-cutters to be reared and production objectives. To put this in perspective, here’s an example:
The space required for a colony of reproductive grasscutters comprising one adult male and four females is 1.6m to 2 m.
Grasscutter farming cages represent a more conservative housing system for grasscutters.
In this case, the grasscutters live in pens constructed inside the shed.
The farmer’s production objectives will determine the number of pens.
The recommended protocol is to have one breeding female per pen.
The recommended surface area per mature grasscutter in the pen is 0.2 m2.
You can construct different pens for different purposes and stages of grasscutter growth.
A pen for mating
A pen for adults
Pen for giving birth and feeding the young
A pen for fattening young grasscutters
Metal or concrete are the preferred materials to construct grasscutter rearing pens.
However, note that metal pens will be moveable, while concrete pens will be fixed and therefore, immovable.
It is advisable not to use bamboo and straw as Grasscutters can eat through them and escape into the wild.
Also make sure that there is enough room for grasscutters to move from one pen to another.
Types of Grasscutter Pens
In addition, there can be two types of grasscutter pens;
This describes a type of pen without any roof above it.
Specifications for construction include a surface area of 3m2 and a height of 1.5m.
Open pens also come with an opening on the side that leads to the aisle, thereby creating easy access to the grasscutters for the farmer.
In contrast to an open pen, a closed pen will have a roof over it and it will be divided into various compartments.
Specifications for construction include a surface area between 2 and 3m2 and a wall height of 0.8 m.
Note: Pens with two compartments should have the same surface area specifications. The compartments should be separated with partitions, with a 15 cm opening to allow the grasscutters to move from one compartment to another.
Continue here to read about Grasscutter Breeading, Feeding, Diseases, Treatment, Handling, Sale, FAQs and More.
|Re: Diary Of My Grasscutter Colony by nyiamfrank: 1:30pm On Mar 17, 2021|
Frontail:I think you are not ok!
|Re: Diary Of My Grasscutter Colony by PETUK(m): 2:20pm On Mar 17, 2021|
thanks for the response
|Re: Diary Of My Grasscutter Colony by uche393: 5:04pm On Mar 17, 2021|
I still prefer rabbit to grasscutter because they don't grow quick and rabbits can give birth upto 8 times or more annually.
|Re: Diary Of My Grasscutter Colony by aquadude15: 6:12pm On Mar 17, 2021|
taylorpositive:thanks for your article
|Re: Diary Of My Grasscutter Colony by aquadude15: 6:14pm On Mar 17, 2021|
uche393:you are correct but do you know that grasscutter is costlier than rabbit, which gives you a better ROI
|Re: Diary Of My Grasscutter Colony by aquadude15: 6:54am On Mar 18, 2021|
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