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Kenya

Mission:

    The Jersey Cattle Society of Kenya was founded in 1936 to "encourage & improve the breeding of Jersey Cattle in Kenya".
    Despite the ups & downs, still flourishes & remains committed to promoting the Jersey as the ideal dairy animal for Kenya, & in particular the small-scale farmer

Membership:

  • 4 Honorary Life Members
  • 17 Life Members (by invitation, 10 x subscription)
  • 84 Ordinary Members (annual subscription Kshs 400)
  • 10 Corporate Members (annual subscription Kshs 3000)

Publications:

  • Newsletters - 2 to 3 annually, free to Members (Ed. Waweru Gathecha)
  • The Jersey in Kenya (1986 JCSK) Kshs 50
  • A History of the Jersey Dairy Breed & its Society in Kenya (1996 John Goldson) Kshs 200
Breed Information:
  • Number of Jerseys registered (1998 - 2004) - 1276
  • Registered Jersey herds - 18
  • Percentage of registered dairy cattle represented by Jerseys - 13 %
  • Production average of recorded Jerseys - 3943 kg @ 5.17% fat in 305 days (protein testing not available)
  • Number unregistered - difficult to estimate as widely distributed in small-holdings
  • Cross-breeding to Zebu to increase yields, & to other exotic dairy breeds to improve milk quality, is gaining popularity
Genetics:
  • The Central Artificial Insemination Station - established mid 1950's, initially with live imports from Britain, Jersey Island, New Zealand, Canada & Denmark.
  • With the advent of deep-frozen semen, contract-mating locally-bred bull dams to semen from New Zealand, Denmark, Canada & more recently USA.
  • Currently 15 Jersey bulls stand at CAIS
  • Commercial firms market imported semen from USA, Canada & South Africa
History:
  • Lord Delamere imported the first Jersey bull to Kenya in 1920, & bred him to the local Zebu cattle with great success. Other imports, chiefly from Jersey Island & Britain, followed & upgrading continued until by the 1950's there were many flourishing Jersey herds in Kenya, over 60 of them officially milk-recorded & registered with the East African Stud Book. Whole milk was sold on a quota basis with surplus marketed as cream.
  • In 1963 Kenya gained independence, & the majority of the expatriate-owned farms were bought out & distributed to landless Africans. The production base shifted from large scale farms to smallholdings of less than 2 hectares & fewer than 5 animals. All milk was marketed through a monopoly organisation whose activities & pricing policies were part of the Government's increasing control of the dairy industry, & which in the end brought it to it's knees. The number of Jerseys declined as the low-solids breeds proliferated.
  • In 1992 the industry was liberalised, & many private processing units sprang up, improving the marketing situation to a large extent. However, despite consumer preference for a high-fat milk there seems little prospect of component pricing in the forseeable future.
Present:
  • The bulk of Kenya's milk is now produced by 800,000 smallholder farmers, with zero-grazing the norm. The Jersey adapts well to this system, but is unfortunately still greatly outnumbered by the larger breeds, which are less suited to it. A handful of Jersey farmers with herds of between 40 & 300 head continue to register & record their animals, import superior semen & breed quality stock for the small-holders & bulls for the Central Artificial Insemination Station.
  • Field days covering matters of topical interest are organised several times a year. Informative leaflets are distributed at major farming venues such as Agricultural Shows and the Central Artificial Insemination Station Field Days. Members welcome groups from all walks of society - veterinarians, farmers, school children, the disabled - to educational visits to their farms.
  • We remain upbeat in the knowledge that we have the perfect cow for Kenya, and that eventually reason must prevail.
 


Rawhide Sig Lesley (by Ol Endeti Elvis' Sigfrid) - bred & owned by Rawhide Ltd (Joe & Janet Mills)
Supreme Jersey Champion and Interbreed Supreme Dairy Champion Female
Brookside Livestock Breeders Show - Nairobi, Kenya - June 2009

Standing L-R: Michael Gachukia (Guernsey judge), Jack Lawson (Ayrshire judge), Kees van Velzen
(Holstein Friesian judge), handler, Steve Le Feuvre (Jersey judge), Mrs Janet Mills (owner)
For results and photos, Click Here


Ololua Yellow Bird (by Navillus Regal) - bred & owned by Mrs. P.H. Rees
Interbreed Supreme Dairy Champion and Jersey Female Champion
at the Nairobi International Trade Fair - Oct 2007

Jersey Judge: Lena Lewis, England
For results and photos, Click Here


Ol Endeti Duke's Sandra (by Ol Endeti Imperial Duke) - bred & owned by Dr Romi Grammaticas
All-Breeds Champion at the Kenya Livestock Breeders Show - June 2006
Jersey Judge: John White, St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada
Click Here to access a copy of John White's report


Ol Endeti Imperial Hermione (by Meadow Lawn J Imperial) - bred & owned by Dr Romi Grammaticas
Supreme Champion Jersey, 2004 Nairobi International Trade Fair
Jersey Judge: Steve Le Feuvre, Jersey, Channel Islands
For results and photos of the Jersey & Interbreed classes
at the 2004 Nairobi International Trade Fair Click Here



Hannah, a small-scale farmer, and her Jerseys

JERSEY CATTLE SOCIETY OF KENYA
P.O.Box 24222, Karen 00502, Kenya

    Chairman: Julius Mutea
    Vice Chairman: Teurie van Helden
    Secretary: Rachel Wood
    Treasurer: Dr. Romi Grammaticas
    E-mail: grammat@africaonline.co.ke

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