The Nungua Livestock Breeding Station (NLBS), popularly called Animal Husbandry or Nungua Farm is one of the national breeding stations of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture under the directorate of Animal Production. NLBS is located in Accra off the Accra- Tema motorway. It was established in 1938 for livestock breeding and distribution to farmers to upgrade their stock and has remained as such to this day.
The NLBS is a multi-specie non-ruminant nucleus breeding station for pigs, rabbits and grasscutters.
The station has been at the forefront of supplying high quality breeding stock to farmers across the country especially in the southern half of Ghana.
- To develop, improve and supply meat breeds of pigs and rabbits to farmers.
- To domesticate, multiply, breed and improve the feral strains of grasscutters.
- To train livestock farmers and students and provide technical support in improved and innovative livestock husbandry.
- To implement governments’ livestock projects and programmes.
- Improving and multiplying of the selected exotic breed (large white) pig and supplying breeding stock to farmers.
- Improving, multiplying and supplying meat strains of rabbits to farmers.
- Domestication, breeding and supply of grasscutter strains as foundation stock to farmers.
- Training and technical backstopping for farmers and Agricultural Extension Officers.
- Conduct practical training for students at different levels i.e. Junior and Senior high schools as well as tertiary levels especially those in the Agricultural Colleges and Undergraduate animal science students.
- Collaborate with universities and research institutions in the conduct and dissemination of appropriate technologies on livestock
SECTIONS OF THE STATION
The station is the nucleus centre for the supply of breeding stock to farmers. It is the only station in Ghana where grandparent stocks are kept from which parent stocks are produced and sold to farmers. The predominant breed kept by the station over the past years has been the Large White. The most recent stocks of grandparent pigs were imported from Denmark.
The station encourages all pig farmers to observe proper management of their animals to reap maximum benefits from them. For technical information on profitable pig production the station welcomes all practicing as well as prospective farmers to visit the NLBS.
The rabbit unit has a 200 doe capacity. The station has different meat strains of rabbits which it maintains, improves, multiplies and supplies to established as well as new rabbit farms. Over the past years different categories of farmers have benefited from the activities of the unit. New farmers usually obtain training from the unit as well as breeding stock.
A visit to the station’s rabbitry will not only be rewarding but informative and worth the while.
The grasscutter unit of the NLSB was established for the purpose of domesticating, breeding, multiplying and supplying acceptably domesticated animals to interested grasscutter farmers. Free training is given to farmers who buy from the station. The general public is encouraged to rear grasscutters as methods used to trap these non-ruminant herbivores from the wild are not environmental friendly and wild stocks continue to deplete with increasing demand for the meat.
The NLSB owns and operates a small scale 1tonne/hour capacity feed mill. This is where the station’s feeds are formulated, milled and compounded for all categories of the species of animals on the station.
The unit also formulates and compounds feed for farmers at a fee as well as gives technical advice to livestock farmers on feeding.
The NLBS has a poultry production unit that is involved in the brooding of day old chicks for National projects such as the National Cockerel Project and the Free Range Broiler trials. The unit also produces broilers for occasions on demand.
ACTIVITIES CARRIED OUT BY THE STATION
The station carries out activities of breed improvement at the different units such as:
- Proper record keeping
- Proper feeding and watering
- Thorough cleaning
- Regular deworming
- Stock identification
- Scheduled weighing
- Selective curling
- Heat detection and mating
- Neonatal and weaner care
- Stock selection
- Performance testing, among others.
In addition, old and new farmers are given free practical training in any of the species kept on the farm.
Prospective farmers can also obtain advice on matters relating to starting, maintaining and improving on their farm operations profitably.
Students are accepted for attachment/internship or excursions/educational tours.
Potential investors seeking information on investment opportunities in the livestock industry are welcome. Our competent staffs are willing and available to help.