Silage making was not happening in Kenya until recently. The Dutch NGO SNV and the Dutch Embassy in Kenya are very successful in the introduction and dissemination of silage making, as part of the KMDP (Kenya Market Lead Dairy Development Program) of the Dutch national government. Supported by for instance The Friesian, a private consultancy.
Silage train: a team of contractors with harvesting and silage making equipment, that started last year supported by the Dutch KMDP and is very successful in making good silage. Before, there was always problems with capacity. Many silage bunkers took several days to finish, whilst it is very important to close the silage bunk the same day as you have started making it.
Perfometer is a Kenyan consultancy that does a very good job in putting good silage making into practice. The team of Perfometer is a close partner of CowSignals and Vetvice, has joined in several CowSignals trainings including a Certified CowSignals Training Course.
Personal comment: over the last 3 years I have seen very clear improvements of the silages with some beautiful feed storage being made last year. It is very stimulating and rewarding to see the cows eating happily from good silage, being in a better body condition and producing more milk. And yes, their farmer is also very happy..
Photos made by Moses Kariuki, director House of hope