A great new website has a forum for small chicken farmers. A place where users can learn about poultry farming from other farmers. - this poultry forum is a discussion board for emerging chicken farmers and small poultry producers to discuss all aspects of poultry farming and chicken farming - Learn out about chicken houses and poultry equipment - and what other chicken farmers are doing in South Africa - the address of the poultry form is www.africanpoultryfarming.co.za - click here to visit The poultry forum - add your comments and ideas. Lots of poultry information.
Many small farmers find themselves isolated - their farms are in remote areas. Often they have no Internet connection, or coverage, which makes it very difficult to find information about their trade. With the cost of bandwidth coming down in South Africa this should become a thing of the past - it is vital that small farmers be able to interact with the outside world, and with other farmers. The amount of quality information available on the net will allow new farmers to learn about the latest technologies and farming techniques. They will also be able to access information about tenders and government deals that would otherwise be unavailable to them - the nature of being a farmer means they are usually very far away from business centers - and as most emerging farmers are on a very small budget, they usually do not own cars. A trip to town is not only expensive, but time consuming. Many emerging poultry farmers are the owner and the worker - which means that when they leave the farm there is no-one else on the farm to take care of the daily chores - and as any chicken farmer knows, chickens need care most of the day and a lot of the night.
Being isolated not only affects the gathering of new knowledge but also stunts growth of the farm. Not being able to access the latest prices paid for eggs and chicken meat leaves the farmer in the dark, and makes it difficult to negotiate the best prices for his products .. and for his supplies such as chicken feed and medication. This puts the farmer at a distinct disadvantage. Wealthier farmers, and those farmers with good Internet coverage are able to gather information about new markets, new suppliers, and compare pricing easily. And apart from the lack of business information, small farmers on remote farms can experience a sense of personal isolation - and of course social media and networking can play a huge role in allowing the lonely farmer some kind of human connection. The social networks also allow farmers to directly interact with their peers - and this can be invaluable.
The poultry forum is just another tool for the small farmer. Learn about poultry farming. The website allows farmers to buy second hand poultry equipment, sell second hand poultry equipment and compare prices of new equipment. You can also discuss the service that poultry suppliers offer, and this gives gives the farmer greater freedom to negotiate and avoid bad suppliers and expensive suppliers. As there are only a handful of poultry companies that are willing to travel to remote small farms, it is often difficult to get the right advice at the right time. The poultry forum allows farmers to post pictures on the forum - which is a great help when trying to diagnose poultry disease and sicknesses. Subscribers are also allowed to post chicken videos, and view poultry videos - this in itself can be a very valuable tool when learning about poultry farming. So - if you need poultry equipment, new or used, need advice on poultry farming techniques - or need help diagnosing poultry disease - this is the place to do it - or maybe you just need to chat to you peers - The poultry forum allows all of this and more.