Dairy Farming

How to register your dairy cows with the KSB

To upgrade your dairy cows, you have to apply for registration with the Kenya Livestock Breeders Organization (KLBO). We provide the registration process below:

• The dairy farmer or company fills the Kenya Stud Book application form, which gives details on the breed of livestock kept, your contacts, physical location of the farm.

Know the best time to inseminate your cow

Timely service of a cow on heat determines the success of conception and ensures that a cow’s calving cycle is attained, which is good for the productivity of dairy cows. Most farmers serve their dairy cows too early or even too late, resulting in failed conception.

Take advantage of short rains, make silage

With the expected rains, farmers can boost their fodder reserves by using excess crop residue on the farm or plant short season crops. When making silage, the chopped crop is stored in airtight bags, pits or silos. It ferments resulting in the production of acid, which prevents decomposition and growth of unwanted organisms that can spoil the fodder.

Know your pasture grasses: Brachiaria, a high quality fodder grass

Originally from Africa and bred in South America, Brachiaria grass is gaining popularity among cattle farmers in Kenya. The grass is credited with helping to revolutionalize the Brazilian beef industry. The grass has found its way to Africa, and a ready home in Kenya.

Sick calves - what farmers can do?

A good dairy cow was a well-fed and healthy calf while young. A sick calf grows into a poor cow. Dairy farmers ought to play closer attention to raising healthy calves that will grown into healthy heifers and eventually healthy cows able to produce milk for many lactations.

Feeding dairy cows well for high milk yields

Feeding your animals well increases your income. Dairy cows require a balanced diet for milk production, body maintenance and good health. The animals should have adequate water at all times so the animal can take as much as it needs.

Five out of every 100 heifers are infertile

Of all animals, heifers are the most neglected in many farms, which affect their health and productivity. It is important to focus on the health of heifers because they will succeed your cows when their time comes to produce milk. You don't want them to perform below expectation.

Feed raw material suppliers in Kenya, let us build a directory

Farmers who need raw materials for feed making including feed additives (pre-mixes and amino acids) can order them from outlets nearest to them. The following outlets sell the ingredients in different towns shown below:

Know your pasture grasses: Nandi Setaria

Nandi setaria has the greatest range of adaptability of all tropical grasses (altitude 0-3,000m above sea level). It performs well in high rainfall areas with 900-1825 mm per year. The grass can also be grown in transitional zones and arid areas through irrigation.

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