HOW SUBSIDIZED AI SERVICES HAS CHANGED DAIRY PRODUCTION IN THE COUNTY

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In a bid to revive low milk production in the dairy sector, the County Government of Uasin Gishu introduced subsidized Artificial Insemination (AI) services in 2014, a program that has been running up to date as a way of enhancing reproductive performance in dairy animals.

Initially farmers use to rely on bulls to breed their cows and heifers resulting in inbreeding and eventually lowering milk production.

According to Agriculture CECM Samuel Yego, the scenario is changing for the better as many farmers are recording an increase in milk production and superior breeds after embracing the County’s AI service that used to be accessed by only established dairy farmers.

“We achieved this through employment of inseminators and purchase of motorbikes for their mobility in the 30 wards,” said Yego.

To cope with the increased milk production the county constructed 46 milk coolers.

So far the County has purchased 111,853 semen with 53,784 Friesian and 58,069 Ayrshire where they have carried out over 100,000 inseminations with 90 per cent success rate realized.

Director Veterinary services Dr. Philip Biama said that over 92,000 improved calves have been given birth since the County launched the programme with subsequently increased milk production.

Biama said that more farmers are selling their heifers due to its quality where he advised them to maintain them so that they can have quality breeds for maximum milk production going forward.

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