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16 Jun 2020
Organic
Organic

Why Organic? 

Organic products are no longer a fad favoured only by a select few, but a way of ensuring the use of healthy, traceable and sustainable ingredients in your animal’s feed. People choose to go organic for many different reasons ranging from health concerns to the environment.

Personal Health

Many believe that the use of chemicals in food production can be harmful to health and also have concerns regarding the rising levels of chemicals which they are exposed to on a daily basis.

The stringent practices and certification behind organic animal feeds ensures that no chemicals are used. For anyone wanting confidence that any eggs, milk or meat produced is purely organic, then feeding The Organic Feed Company products, combined with organic husbandry and land practices will ensure that any produce is truly chemical free!

Environmental Issues

The strict guidelines governing organic farming ensures that any negative impact on the environment from food production is greatly reduced.

Soil is the key tool for organic farming and its balance can easily be upset by the use of chemicals.  The use of natural fertilisers such as manure, rather than chemicals ensures high nutrient levels in the soil without upsetting the delicate balance of our planet.

Many believe that organic farming can help to reduce the loss of species which can be caused by the widespread use of chemicals.  Bio-diversity is of crucial importance to ensure a stable environment as the loss of species can affect the delicate balance of our planet.


Organic food tastes great!

Many people choose organic food because they believe it tastes better than non-organic. As testament to this, many of our customers are adamant that their eggs, milk or meat taste better since using our range of organic feeds. As no artificial growth promoters are used in any of our products, animals grow at a slower rate which is believed to make their meat or other products such as eggs richer in flavour.





Non-GM Policy of Konet Mills Limited 

4/6/2018

In the Konet Mills Limited, anything that is labelled ‘organic’ must be certified by an approved organisation, such as the NAFDAC, MI LABS. Samples and ingredients are subject to batch inspections, plus spot checks.   Konet Mills Limited always strives to exceed the highest standards and fully ensures that only Non-GM ingredients are used in our mill.


How do I know what I’m feeding is organic?

In the Konet Mills Limited, anything that is labelled ‘organic’ must be certified by an approved organisation, such as the NAFDAC and MI Labs. Samples and ingredients are subject to batch inspections, plus spot checks. Farmers must build natural soil fertility through the growth of crops such as clover, which help put the goodness back in the soil. They do not rely on the use of chemicals or pesticides and must take measures to preserve the natural environment.


If it’s labelled organic, is it 100% organic?

Not quite. With manufactured feed, there may be instances where it is impossible to obtain certain organic ingredients - often protein or oil sources such as soya, linseed or maize, or vitamin and mineral sources such as yeast, limestone flour or salt - in sufficient quantities. To accommodate this, the regulations permit manufacturers to include a small proportion of non-organic ingredients, and still label the product organic.


You should also be aware that Konet Mills Limited is the only company to use natural vitamin sources rather than synthetically manufactured ones.


Will the eggs, meat or milk taste better?

Many people answer a loud ‘yes’ to this one. Organic meat tends to be grown more slowly, which is sometimes thought to make it richer in flavour.


Is it healthier?

There is no conclusive proof that organic food is better for you, but tests have found that organic produce can contain more nutrients and fibre than non-organic equivalents. One study found that vegetables grown non-organically had lower mineral content in 1991 than in 1939, before the introduction of synthetic pesticides.


16 Jun 2020

Starting a small scale livestock feeds production business! 

How really lucrative is animal feed production as an investment? Well, it’s no news that animal feed/livestock feed model is one of the top agribusinesses with high potential for profitability. Your question should rather be; how do you choose the right one from the about 100 business opportunities in animal feed? Thing is, the key determining factor is capital. And in that direction, I’ll be spelling out the top models in animal feed businesses based on capital. I’ll also show you how to start animal feed business in Nigeria in some of the top models alive today. I’ll go down from the most capital intensive to the least capital demanding model. Let’s dive in and out in 15 minutes.

As the most capital intensive, livestock feed production is my first pick. But what is livestock feed production? It is simply the processing/formulating of raw agricultural ingredients like wheat, forage, and the likes into consumable cattle feed, dog feed, and bird feed to mention but a few. Starting a livestock feed production company of your own however may be in a large scale or small scale depending on your budget. Nevertheless whether large scale or small scale, the process flow remains the same;

1.Cleaning of raw material

2.Raw material weighing

3.Grinding

4.Batching and mixing

5.Palletizing

6.Cooling

7.Screening

8.Packaging

9.Storing

10.Dispatching

If you’re looking to start any of the two, I have listed the basic animal feed making machine recognized with each.

After obtaining your certificate of production from NAFDAC (National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control) through VMAP (Veterinary Medicine and Allied Product), the first step you’ll ever take should get you around the feed formulation. That is knowing exactly the specific nutrients in the regulated amount that should be in every kind of animal feed you’re producing. Most livestock feed manufacturers in Nigeria, however, go for an animal nutritionist to do that for them. Proceeding with the defined feed formula and going by your budget, the needed ingredients (raw materials) are purchased alongside the livestock feed making machines in the table below for processing. The final products are then loaded up in a store in bags for distribution. Needless to say, you must have had a marketing plan ahead of production.

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