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Useful Tips On How To Start A Dairy Farm In Kenya

useful tips on how to start a dairy farm in kenya


Shortage of milk and milk products in Kenya is a real concern. Fortunately, this means entrepreneurs and farmers can see this as a lucrative venture they can undertake. Essentially, knowing how to take off in this economically beneficial endeavor is the most critical factor.

What You Need To Consider

Availability of Land

Dairy farming can be practiced on a piece of land ranging from 0.1-1,000,000 acres, depending on the scale of farming. This is the first requirement that any prospective farmer ought to meet.

Identifying The Right Livestock Breeds

There is diversity of dairy cows in Kenya including both local and exotic breeds. For more returns, exotic breeds such as Friesian, Ayrshire, Jersey and Guernsey. The farmer ought to consider acquisition and maintenance costs, and possible returns given a particular breed. A good dairy cow may cost between kshs. 100,000-500,000.

Getting Money (Capital)

Dairy farming is a real business venture. Capital is, therefore, mandatory for buying livestock, farm equipment, establishment of structures and buying of animal feed, among other essential requirements. You can draw this from a savings account, income or loan.

Putting Up Necessary Structures

Dairy animals must be kept under conducive living conditions free from rains, winds and unnecessary human interference. This calls for establishment of appropriate structures

Supply of Feed

Feeds are the most essential requirements for any successful dairy farming undertaking. It is important to have a reliable source of animal feed even before the animals get onto the farm.

Besides the above, a farmer needs to obtain sufficient information the care of the animals and general maintenance of the farm.

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Hailing from the fertile highlands of central Kenya, Wamugunda-Anne's life has always been intertwined with the land. Born into a family of farmers, her earliest memories are of verdant fields, changing seasons, and the rhythm of nature. These formative experiences would later shape her academic and professional pursuits.

Wamugunda-Anne's passion for agriculture was not just about the practice but understanding its deeper implications — the sociological, environmental, and economic intricacies of farming in Kenya. This passion drove her to one of Kenya's prestigious universities, where she pursued a degree in Agricultural Sciences. Throughout her academic journey, she became renowned for her insightful articles on sustainable farming practices, emphasizing the balance between modern techniques and traditional Kenyan agricultural wisdom.

After university, Wamugunda-Anne transitioned into a full-time career in agricultural journalism. Her works have since been published in numerous national and international journals. Beyond just writing, she has played a pivotal role in shaping agricultural policies in Kenya by collaborating with policymakers, researchers, and local farmers. Her articles often focus on the challenges faced by Kenyan farmers, sustainable agricultural practices, and innovative solutions to boost food security in the region.

Today, Wamugunda-Anne stands as a beacon of inspiration in Kenyan agricultural circles. With every article she writes, she hopes to enlighten, inspire, and pave the way for a sustainable agricultural future for Kenya and the African continent at large.

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