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!
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.
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 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!
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!
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!
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