Monday, 26 June 2017

RATES FOR OKAYBEEFARMS 3rd QUATER

PRICE OF SNAILS FOR JULY 2017


kindly note that all payments should be made to this account :
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Name: Okaybeefarms
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SMALL (Naira)
10 pieces - 2,500
20 pieces - 5,000
30 pieces - 7,500
40 pieces - 10,000

MEDIUM (Naira)
10 pieces - 3,600
20 pieces - 7,200
30 pieces - 10,800
40 pieces - 14,400

LARGE (Naira)
10 pieces - 6,100
20 pieces - 12,200
30 pieces - 18,300
40 pieces - 24,400

JUMBO (Naira)
10 pieces - 9,000
20 pieces - 18,000
30 pieces - 27,000
40 pieces - 36,000


PLEASE NOTE

Cooked Snails attracts an additional fee of  N1,000
Delivery to the Mainland - N1,000
Delivery to the Island -      N1,500

Thank you for your continuous patronage and referral.

6 reasons you should be eating snails – the latest health superfood

Snails provides us with healthy nutrients all year and we'll like to share how Okaybeefarms snails would be beneficial to you;🌢🐌

Protein
"Snails do provide a low calorie source of protein (unless you drench them in butter)”.
Protein is essential for building and repairing muscle, and is also better at filling you up than carbs and fat. Many people look to seafood as an easy source of protein, but actually, snails have more.🌢🐌

Iron
snails are also a good source of iron, essential for building red blood cells and carrying energy around the body. A lack of iron can lead to extreme fatigue and anaemia. 🌢🐌

Vitamin B12
Often cited as the ‘energy vitamin’, B12 is needed for making red blood cells, keeping the nervous system healthy, releasing energy from the food we eat and processing folic acid. Luckily, snails have lots of it.🌢🐌

Magnesium
Snails are also a good source of magnesium, which our bodies need to maintain a normal blood pressure, strengthen bones and also keep your heartbeat regular.🌢🐌

Selenium
We don’t need much selenium in our bodies, but we do need some to keep a healthy immune system and to protect cells against damage.  And yes, snails contain selenium.🌢🐌

Omega-3
Ah, the much-feted, heart-loving fatty acids. Snails also supply a little Omega-3, “which is good news for your heart.”
“Although, they contain nowhere near the levels found in oily fish.”

Would you - or have you - tried okaybeefarms snails? Tell us in the Comments box below. 🌢🐌

Monday, 19 June 2017

HOW TO START A SNAIL FARM

HOW TO START SNAIL FARMING IN NIGERIA 

Snail farming can be very profitable in Ghana, Kenya, Cameroon, South Africa, and Nigeria. Yet, it is one of the most neglected animal rearing business in these countries. Snail farming provides one of the finest opportunity to make money within a short period of time. But why are Africans not yet fully engaged in this money making animal rearing? The reason is ignorance.
In Australia and USA, snail farming is big business, providing opportunities to many farmers. In Uk, snails can be seen in many supermarkets and stores. meaning it’s a big deal over there.
Most people in Nigeria and Ghana still have the belief that snails can only be picked in the bush. The culture of going to the bush to pick snails in the villages during raining time has been there for generations. So, it has been difficult for people to come to terms that snail can actually be kept and grown at home.
Just like in many other aspects of farming in these countries, Africans are yet to mdiscover the great money making potential in this business and that is why we suffer in hunger and poverty. We neglect where the money is and keep pursuing it where it is not, Laboring away in Europe and America in search of greener pastures when our own continent is already green.
The good news: After reading this article, you will be on your way to starting your own snail business in easy and simple steps. 
Making ₦5,000,000 annually in snail rearing is a done deal if you do it well and get it right.
I will try to be as comprehensive as possible with this article so that you can get going after reading it, and as people start commenting – asking questions and adding what they know about snail farming, the information here would be more enriched for everyone’s benefit.
What is a Snail: Land snails belongs to the class of Molluscan, Gastropod. The one popularly known as ‘Congo Meat‘ in many parts of Africa. Nigeria – Eju, Igbin, etc… There are so many species of snails but the types we are looking at here are the ones that are suitable for commercial Snail Farming in Africa.
Achatina Fulica – The East African Snail
1. Achatina fulica – The East African land snail, or giant African land snail, scientific name Achatina fulica, is a specie of large, air-breathing land snail, a terrestrial pulmonate gastropod mollusk in the family Achatinidae. It is the smallest in size among all the desirable species for rearing in Africa.
Achatina fulica has a narrow, conical shell, which is twice as long as it is wide and contains 7 to 9 whorls when fully grown. The shell is generally reddish-brown in colour with weak yellowish vertical markings but colouration varies with environmental conditions and diet. A light coffee colour is common. Adults of the species may exceed 20cm in shell length but generally average about 5 to 10cm. The average weight of the snail is approximately 32 grams (Cooling 2005).
Achatina Achatina
2. Achatina Achatina – Achatina achatina, common name the giant Ghana snail, also known as the giant tiger land snail, is a species of very large, air-breathing land snail, a terrestrial pulmonate gastropod mollusk in the family Achatinidae. Giant African land snails are hemraphrodites, meaining they possess both the female and male reproductive organs. Two snails are still needed for breeding, but they are very prolific breeders.
Similar to the other species in the genus, Achatina achatina’s shell can attain a length of 200 mm and a maximum diameter of 100 mm. They may possess between 7-8 whorls and the shell is often broadly ovate. The body of the animal is silver-brown in color although albino morphs may exist.
Archachatina Marginata
3. Archachatina Marginata – Archachatina marginata, common name the giant West African snail, is a species of air-breathing tropical land snail, a terrestrial pulmonate gastropod mollusk in the family Achatinidae. They can grow up to 20cm long, and live up to 10 years.
Among these three species, Achatina Achatina is the most desirable for farmers because it grows so big to become the biggest snail species in the world. Achatina Achaina has it’s origin from Nigeria, get to Liberia from Nigeria and then Ghana
Another reason is due to it’s high yield capacity. The other species are very good too but I will focus on Achatina Achatina and Archachatina Marginata in this blog post because, they are easy to find in Nigeria.
Achatina-Achatina is very good for commercialization as well, because of its profitability. This is because of the volume of eggs it lays at once. Each achatina lays 300 to 500 eggs at a time in clutches, three times a year. Therefore, if you start a farm with about 1000 snails, in one year you would be getting about 1.5 million snails going by the number of eggs they produces.
Having decided on the specie, let’s take you through the step by step how to setup your snail farm in a small scale level and starts rearing your snail towards harvest.
1. Snail Farming Environment – Snails are easily dehydrated, and wind increase the rate of moisture loose in snail which in turn, leads to the dryness of the animal. To prevent snails from losing water so quickly, your snaileries (the snail house) must be located in environment that is protected from wind.
A low plain, downhill site surrounded with enough trees is perfect for snail farming. You may plant plantains and bananas around your snail farm to prevent the impact of wind.
2. Type of Soil For Snail Farming – Snail’s major habitat is the soil, and soil contains some of the components and chemical substances that it needed to survive. However, not all soils are suitable for snail rearing. The shell of the snail is mainly calcium and it derive most of them from the soil. Snail also lay it’s eggs on the soil and drink water out of the soil.
Hence, the suitable soil for snail farming must contain these elements.  Must be balanced, not waterlogged, not too dry, and must not be acidic. The most desirable soil for snail is sandy-loamy soil with low water holding capacity. Clayey soil and acidic soil must be avoided.
3. Getting The Sails For Farming – To start up a snail farm, it is advisable to get snails directly from the forest instead of buying from the market after they have been exposed to sunlight and have dehydrated. This is because snails drink a lot of water, so are easily dehydrated and this stresses them out, and reduce their fertility capacity.
The intending snail farmer could pick the snails from the bush with a very simple technique; clear a little portion of land during rainy season and sprinkle spicy fruits like pineapple, pawpaw, plantain, banana etc at about 5o’clock in the evening, when you go back there about 7pm or 8pm, you will pick up snails suitable for rearing. Repeat the procedure until you get enough quantity.
Another way could be to pick up snail eggs littered in the market place where it is sold and through a technique, check the fertility of the eggs, because some of them must have lost fertility due to the exposure to sunlight. The eggs are later put inside a container containing wet sand and covered with cocoyam leaf. Between 21 to 28 days, the eggs would hatch into baby snails. You start feeding them and gradually you raise a snail farm.”
4. The Snail House (Snailery) – Snaileries can vary from a patch of fence-protected ground, sheltered from the wind to a covered box if you are breeding in small scale.
For larger population of snails, you can dug a trench or make a concrete pen with soil deep of about 10 inches, and cover it with screen or wire all around to prevent the snails from escaping. Remember that snails can reproduce fast and become pests when their breeding is uncontrolled.
Snails love dark and cold places, but make sure the humidity does not drop to levels harmful to the snails. You can use fresh leaves and cloth that is regularly wet to regulate the temperature.
Also, the wire is useful in keeping away rats and snakes or other predators from eating the snails in your snail farm. But aside from these bigger predators, you should be wary about smaller ones like ants and termites. Your construction must have these predators in mind.
5. Snail Foods and Feeding – Snails especially Achatina mainly feeds on green leaves and fruits though they can utilize other ranges of foods. Feed your snails leaves, fruits, or even formula from the feed store. Aside from food to grow tissues, snails need calcium to grow shells.
Leaves: Cocoyam leaves, pawpaw leaves, okra leaves, cassava leaves, eggplant leaves, cabbage and lettuce leaves.
Fruits: Mango, eggplant, pawpaw, banana, tomatoes, oil palm fruits, pears. and cucumber.
Once they start growing, separate the big ones from the small ones. It take more than a year for the Achatina type to grow to harvest size. Others mature in two years.
One hundred thousand snails after a year or two sold at the rate of N50 each (highly reduced price) will give you about N5 million! Isn’t that a good investment?
Harvesting – It is not economically wise to harvest your snails before it’s maturity, it has to be matured before harvesting. To know if your snails are already matured enough, check the brim of the shell. If it is matured enough, the brim should be thicker and harder than other parts of the shell.
Do not harvest all the matured snails at once for the market. It is important to keep few for breeding and to serve as base stock for your snail farm.

Feel free to ask your questions..

Sunday, 16 April 2017

WE ARE HIRING


  • Daily updating of Okaybeefarms adverts on the leading food sales sites.
  • Improving awareness of Okaybeefarms blog via social media channels especially Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
  • Increasing company-customer interfacing and interaction on the approved social media channel
  • Measuring periodically, customer visits, interaction and reaction on our social media, with generated data for documentation.
  • Creating and managing designs for adverts on specific social media channels.
  • General client liaison via telephone calls, email correspondence and social media interaction.
  • Blog management through approved vendor(s)/developer(s).
  • Marketing  Okaybeefarms through bulk SMSes and email marketing.
  • Searching for clients’ Okaybeefarms product requests via  Okaybeefarms approved channels.
  • Unifying the brand perception across all media channel used in publicizing our services.
  • Engaging in active sales of our products as the need arises.
  • Documenting and following up on purchase and sales requests generated from  Okaybeefarms various marketing channels.
DESCRIPTION
  • Candidate must possess good command of English language. Excellent writing skills would count as an edge.
  • We have a strong preference for a candidate with good culinary/IT knowledge
  • Excellent social media marketing skills is a must
  • Ability to design graphics is an added advantage
  • Previous cognitive experience in a similar role or customer care would count favourably.
  • A minimum of BSc or HND will be preferred, however, a candidate without this must prove his/her remarkable ability to understand and document data, details and descriptions of Agricultural produce.
REMUNERATION
Attractive!
Kindly send a copy each of your CV and cover letter to Okaybeefarms@gmail.com Deadline for submission of CVs is May 5th 2017. 
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted
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Tuesday, 25 October 2016

snail Feeding


snail meat exportSnail farming is a very lucrative business in Nigeria and all over the world. As a result of increased awareness on the profitability of snail farming, many entrepreneurs are beginning to delve into the business of snail rearing, processing and export. Sometime ago I wrote an article titled “processing and marketing ofsnail meat for export”, where I explained how to process and package snail meat for local and international market.. However, this article will not be talking about snail meat processing, rather it will be discussing snail feeds and feeding.

If you are thinking of establishing a snail farm, or you already have one, this article will be very beneficial to you. Based on the premise that says “You are what you eat”, snail feeds and feeding must be given topmost priority in any snail farm venture for maximum performance. The snails should be fed properly as and at when due if you really want them to do very well. This is because the quality of your snails will depend on the quality of their feed.      

SNAIL FEED CATEGORIES
Snails eat a wide variety of food which could fall into any of these categories: tubers, agricultural by products, fresh vegetables, fruits, leaves, cereals, fibers, drinks..... and concentrates. Virtually all human consumables can be eaten by snails with few exceptions hence they are omnivorous in nature and that is why they have been able to survive for generations. History has it that snails have been in existence since prehistoric times.
Leaves and Vegetables: Some leaves eaten by snails include leaves of paw-paw, cocoyam, banana, sweet potato and cassava. Snails eat a lot of vegetables too. Some of their best vegetables include pumpkin, cabbage, lettuce, okra, water leaf, spinach, garden egg plant, amaranthus and all green vegetables that can be eaten by man. 
Fruits: Snails also eat fruits, some of which include breadfruit, cucumber, green beans, nectarine melon, peach, plums, paw-paw, banana, plantain, orange, apple, pineapple, grape, tomatoes, ripe pear, avocado and all edible fruits. 
Tubers: Snails also eat tuber crops like yam, sweet potato, cocoyam and cassava when cooked.
Drinks: Snails take water, soft drinks & beverages, fruit juice and wine.
Agricultural by-product­s: agricultural by products like wheat bran, rice bran, corn, soybean, residue bran, palm kernel cake, peel of plantain and banana, fresh maize chaff etc can also be eaten by snails.
Cereals: dried and processed maize, groundnut cake, soybean meal, and sorghum.
Supplements: feed supplements like fishmeal and blood meal are also good for snails.
Concentrates: this include poultry waste and feed, fish feed.
Minerals: limestone, wood ash, fish meal, bone meal and chalk. Snails also need a lot of calcium in-take for growth and shell formation. Calcium or mineral supplement can also be derived from ground eggshell, oyster shell, bone meal or even soil.

WHY YOU SHOULD FEED YOUR SNAILS PROPERLY
The essence of feeding the snails is to aid reproduction capacity and increase their size. Therefore, be consistent in feeding. They can eat up to 3 – 5 % of their body weight in 24hrs. Snails convert feed to body weight when a balanced diet containing protein, vitamin, minerals, calcium carbonate and phosphate is given to them. Agricultural chemicals in form of spray or powder should be avoided, as they are toxic to snails. Feed snails as much as they can eat, ensure useable water quantity daily.
If active snails are starved of food, they will shade 2 - 5% of their body weight in 24 hrs. Snails are basically fed twice in a day i.e in the evenings between 5pm - 7pm and early in the morning, between 7am-9am. Snails are nocturnal animals i.e they are more active at night. The feed items should be distributed evenly within the snailery to enhance equal feeding opportunity for all the snails. Avoid salt and salty foods since snails do not survive high salt intake.

FACTORS THAT INCREASE FEED CONSUMPTION IN SNAILS 
The taste of the feed,
Freshness and damp nature of feed,
Succulent nature of feed,
Less fibrous nature of feed,
Good environmental conditions such as high relative humidity, moderate temperature and good ventilation.

LIST OF ITEMS THAT YOU WILL NEED IN YOUR SNAIL FARM
Feed troughs                     
Water troughs       
Hand gloves
Colored marker
Hand trowel/spoon
Watering can/sprinkler
Sterilizer/ heater    
Ruler/ vernier caliper
Weighing balance  
Boots
Incubator
Nursery pen                             
Nets/ gauze                                   
Illuminator

Always remember that the performance of your snails depends solely on the type of feeds they are fed with. So feed your snails well for better performance and increased returns.
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RATES FOR OKAYBEEFARMS 3rd QUATER

PRICE OF SNAILS FOR JULY 2017 kindly note that all payments should be made to this account : Account details Name: Okaybeefarms Acc d...