How to start Grasscutter farming business
In the economy of ours, there is great need for self employment and
enterprenuership in other to keep body and soul together. Agriculture
is one of the great venture that as made this two a possibility and
aswell a reality.
In agriculture, animal farming is now paving way for
so many opportunities to flow into the economy, with so much delight
in my heart i bring to you one of the most lucrative agricultural
business currently gaining a good group in west africa and beyond
"Grasscutter farming" you must have heard about it before and if you
have not you are lucky to be reading this post now.
Grasscutter which can also be refer to as giant cane rats are domesticated for their
enormous health and increaing wealth benefits.
Its true grasscutter as been existing for a longtime ago, but as a result of the endless
scientific research that is been carried out on a daily basis, its now
possible to keep grasscutter as a home animal and not just killing
them or burning the entire ecosystem by hunters and bushmen, you can
easily turn your backyard into a barnyard with grasscutter or you can
get a land or stop fallowing your land due to lack of money and make
it value to increase by farming grasscutter on the land.
Grasscutter is a meat delicacy in africa and as such it is widely consumed making
it one of the 10 most demanding meat in the market. A market ready
Grasscutter is sold between N4,000 to N5,500.
Five hundred Grasscuters in a year could earn you between N2 Million to N2.75 Million. Another
benefits in grasscutter is that they are very prolific, they grow fast
a single grasscutter can be bigger than a small goat, the female
grasscutter gestation period lasts for 150 to 155days or 5months so
they can reproduce twice in a year and a mother grasscutter can give
birth to 7 to 10 grasscutters. It grows big and very fast too.
Grasscutter is one of the biggest rodent in Africa. A fully mature
female or male that is ready for market weighs between 3.5kg for the
female and 4.5kg for the male. While measuring 45cm to 60cm in body
The standing height is between 25 to 30cm.
The body size of a fully grown male is about the size of a nine inches block. One of the
reason why the business is booming for the early adopter is because the
public already know how much grasscutter meat can add value to their
heath and since the business is still a green-horn most people buy it
from hunters *making it very expensive and the same applies to
grasscutter farmers because unlike poultry grasscutter is not found
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now that you know details about Grasscutter let move
further to getting started with this oil minning cash producing
livestock. Firstly you have to know that grasscutter lives in colony,
you don't separate or keep them in cages alone you will keep them in
three or four numbers. You can keep 3males together and 4 females
Breeding :- Grasscutter is kept 100% for the meat, it
has to grow well and healthy in other to be profitable.
To achieve this, a new farmer must lay emphasis on the choice of breeding stock.
Each colony must have a very health male.
The male is the engine of reproduction, a healthy male makes a healthy stock. While selecting
the male, pay attention on the well being, good weight gain in male
animals is a very important factors that determine how healthy it is.
You have to be watchful when breeding them you need to make sure the
animals used for breeding (both male and female) are perfectly healthy
with good quality genetic properties.
Housing: its important you know that grasscutter don't sleep where they eat so if you are keeping them
in cage it as to be large enough and contain both dinning and sleeping
space it as to be distance away from each other.
They can be breed either in a properly build cages or in a house specially designed for
them. Grasscutter is sensitive to good habitat, for a colony (1 male
and 3 females) the dimension of the cage should be 180cm in length,
60cm in width and 45cm in height. Build your cage that way, separate
for each colony. Its important for their house to be protected from
sunlight and humidity the atmosphere must be normal with shed.
The greatest enemy of grasscutter is snake and soldier ants, so its
important you make their house located in a place where they are
protected against attacks of the predators, cases of soldier ant is
usually rampant during rainy season so you must watch out and surround
their house floor (the soil or concentrate around the cage ) with
Provide their cage with some beddings like grasses to make
them feel comfortable always. Feeding :- Grasscutter is a herbivorous
animals meaning their source of food is basically from the bush,
that's why they are more comfortable in the bush where their foods
could easily be found (just like their name grasscutter) . Their major food is
They also love Sugar cane and most farmers use sugar
cane mainly for their feeding,
According to experience, Hygiene and good feeding are the most
important factors for successful, profitably Grasscutter farming. You
can also fatten the male with concentrate feeds like broiler’s
finisher or broiler starter’s feed to help attain market weight within
short period of time.
The animal also like Gliricidia sepium, herbaceous legumes like Stylo
(Stylosanthes gracilis) and Pueraria phaseoloides. The root and pitch
of oil and coconut palms, bark of the anacardium and fruits such as
half ripen pawpaw, plantain, pineapple, mango etc are their delight.
Food crops such as groundnut, rice, maize, grain legume, tubers like
cassava, sweet potato etc also make part of their feeds.
The farmer also stated that grasscutter feed on palm wine and that is
why they destroy oil palm plantation. They take their water mostly
from the field and go to the river during the dry season only. But
when domesticated, you can give them water by adding some attractant
to it. Cane rate it should be noted does not dig a hole and cannot
climb a tree either, so they are less trouble and easy to handle.
They can also be fed with formulated concentrates like pellet as well
as other processing by-products like wheat bran, corn bran, groundnut,
soya, oilseed, cotton seed cakes, brewer yeast, grain legume pods,
brewers’ grains, maize shucks and cobs, brewer’s yeast etc as feed
supplements which will make their growth to be faster. Grasscutter
don't like cold environment. The rooms or cages where you keep them
must neither be too cold nor too hot. Environment that is suitable for
human is considered suitable for Grasscutters.
Weaning time - With good, adequate feeding, the grasscutter babies can
be weaned between four to eight weeks. But as a family, they can be
with the mother for four months. The kids can be separated from the
mother between five to seven months and place with a male to mate with
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The weaned animals can be mated at the age of between seven to eight
months from birth. Indefinite mating is expected to have taken place
when the weaned male grasscutter is seven months old and the female is
eight months. The indefinite mating period is 140days. But if after
160 days of separation from the male, there is still no sign of
pregnancy , then it should be taken back to the male for proper
Usually there should also be an extra male that can serve the
Grasscutter are simple animals and with a healthy environment and proper feeding can make the breeding favourable they have high resistance to diseases outbreak and in any case of abnormality consult the vet doctor.
Marketing:- this is interesting :) grasscutter is very marketable and they can be liken to be an hot-cake so many people industries, hotels and commercial restaurants demand
for it at a very high rate as they use grasscutter to make delicious
and expensive delicacy.
Most people in the city couldn't buy the meat
because it's very scarce, so no amount of Grasscutter you produced
that can't be sold within days.
It will take combined efforts of
thousands of farmers to fill the need of bush meat in the market in
west Africa right now.
Grasscutter is a fast reproducing animal and starts mating with 7
months after birth. It gives birth twice yearly and produce 4-7 at a
That means, if you have 100 females that gives birth twice in a
year, you would be having 900 to 1,500 in your farm within just a
Such number will bring you nothing less than N5 Million when
they are matured for marketing.
So am sure with this post we've been able to carryout our duty of opening your eyes to the opportunities
that abound in the agricultural sector of the economy?
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