Leppelmann Trip to Kenya – Veterinarians Without Borders

This year the Leppelmann family have gone to Kenya to work with Veterinarians Without Borders. They have been sending us pictures and information while they are there. Please check back regularly for updates!

 

 

 

 

 

There are 42000 dairy producers that ship milk to the dairy processor we are working with. Average of 2 cows each and average milk production 2-4 litres per cow

 

 

 

 

 

 

Most milk is picked up from the farm by motorcycle like this, to a central collection centre that has a cooling bulk tank.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are learning more about Kenya during our stay. School is paid for by the government until grade 8. After that the student has to pay a portion of their education expenses. Many people go on to complete high school and go to university, but there are not many jobs available once they graduate. They have just started paying poor seniors a small monthly allowance so they have something to live off of.  The government has been very progressive over the last decade in trying to provide more services to the population and creating a stable economy. The goal is to have the country a “developed” country by 2030.

Many people still cook their meals over an open fire. It is common to see women coming out of the forest with their firewood.  The bundles look very heavy and they will have several miles to walk home

 

 

 

 

Here we are examining a cow with a chronic cough. Possible lung worm.

 

 

 

 

Karen showing how to use the CMT paddle

 

 

 

 

Many of the local breeds are small…even Karen has to crouch to preg check

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today we had to hike down to a farm. The farmer hauls the milk cans up to the road in milk cans everyday.

We hiked down to the bottom of the valley to examine a cow that was not doing well after calving. Unfortunately, the one medication that was needed was left in our kit in the van…Karen hiked back to get it…it was only 30+ degrees…we stayed back and the farmer fed us oranges of the tree and fresh sugar cane.

We were up in the tea growing region today… we went to some bigger farms. The pictures of the flat roof farm did an excellent job…had about a 20 litre milk average.

We are seeing that some producers are realizing that they can make good living if they are serious about dairy farming. For many it’s just a supplemental income.  But almost all are very hungry for knowledge!

How can we do it better, how can we increase milk production?

 

Kenyans love their tea… we are enjoying a cup after looking at her cows.

 

 

 

We visited the farm with the highest milk production today. He was averaging 33 litres per cow (two cows). He was feeding corn silage, sunflower, dairy ration and Napier grass.

We held a producer meeting at Mount Kenya Dairy today. We had almost 200 producers!! We discussed nutrition, cow comfort, mastitis, reproduction and calf raising. The farmers were very keen!

After the meeting we showed producers how to measure and design stalls to improve comfort.

 

 

 

There are butcher shops everywhere, they have “fresh” meat hanging behind the window. Most of the meat is just cubed, they start at the bottom of the carcass and work their way up. Often the meat hangs for days!

 

If you would like to make a donation to Veterinarians Without Borders  please use the following link:

https:/www.vetswithoutborders.ca/index.php?option=com_civicrm&task=civicrm/contribute/transact&Itemid=441&resest=1&id=88

 

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