Rays Sheep and Goat Fattening Farm (“Rays Farm”) is a livestock operation located in the Awdal region of Somaliland. Livestock is one of the dominant sectors of the Somaliland economy. Approximately 70% of the population is involved in animal husbandry, either as nomadic pastoralists (dominant in rural communities), agro-pastoralists, or in the livestock value chain. Sheep and goat meat is favored by most of those in Somaliland, Djibouti and Saudi Arabia and is a major component of their daily diet. However, livestock production is characterized by poor productivity and scarce animal feed, and is aggravated by reoccurring droughts and environmental degradation. Recognizing these challenges, Rays Farm saw an opportunity to create a business that produces animal feed, fattens livestock, and breeds livestock. It is the first of its kind to be established in the Awdal region. Rays Farm needed capital to expand the farm and increase its supply of livestock.
Rays Farm started with 100 sheep and goats and three different farms. With the investment received, Rays Farm purchased new farmland, procured an additional 700 heads of sheep and goats, and built a shaded area for the cattle. Once the animals are fattened, they are sold locally or exported to Saudi Arabia.
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