Great development: Silage Train in Kenya

Great development: Silage Train in Kenya

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

Comments (9)

Cormac McElhinney

Hello. Congratulations on making these advancements in Kenya. I've just completed my Ph.D on mycotoxins in silages (Grass and Maize). let me know if I can be of any help.
Cormac.

Joep Driessen

Cormac McElhinney wrote:
Hello. Congratulations on making these advancements in Kenya. I've just completed my Ph.D on mycotoxins in silages (Grass and Maize). let me know if I can be of any help.
Cormac.

Thank for the kind words Cormac! What area are you in?

Prof Madibela

In the past, silage making has been beneficial to large scale commercial farmers because of capital intensive nature of silage making. Now with small machinery like chaff cutters (forage choppers) and innovative small silo making, small scale commercial farmers can also make silage. And its high time that more innovative ideas are explored to help the many small scale dairy farmers

Anouk Brinkhoff

Prof Madibela wrote:
In the past, silage making has been beneficial to large scale commercial farmers because of capital intensive nature of silage making. Now with small machinery like chaff cutters (forage choppers) and innovative small silo making, small scale commercial farmers can also make silage. And its high time that more innovative ideas are explored to help the many small scale dairy farmers

Yes! If you (or anyone else) has these innovative ideas, feel free to send an e-mail to info@cowsignals.com. We can spread the ideas through or social media networks and help get the ideas out there.

Dr. Shah

Congratulations. Finally, I see some light at the end of the tunnel. As one of readers commented, silage making technology is very important for the small scale farmer to ensure a steady and constant milk supply throughout the year. As I am sure you already know, most of our small scale farmers depend on grazing (which is very unreliable in quantity and quality), such technology (and appropriate training) is of paramount importance in increasing the total milk yield per cow per lactation. I am a practicing Veterinarian in Eldoret. Please let me know if I can be of any help.

patrick W2N

i also start to develop corn silage in Algéria
we are succeful because of the great interest by the farmer
this new technic will help us to reduce the feed cost and win most money

Anouk Brinkhoff

patrick W2N wrote:
i also start to develop corn silage in Algéria
we are succeful because of the great interest by the farmer
this new technic will help us to reduce the feed cost and win most money

Hi Patrick,

That's great! Can you tell is more about it? Do you have pics or a movie? If it's OK, we would like to share it on social media as well. You can send them to: info@cowsignals.com

Eric

Helloo, am interested to learn how to make silege. do anyone offer any kind of trainning. pls help. kenya

Joep Driessen

Eric wrote:
Helloo, am interested to learn how to make silege. do anyone offer any kind of trainning. pls help. kenya

Hi Eric,

We have a few trainers in Kenya, maybe one of them can help! Best way to do so is to contact The Olive, they're our local CowSignals partner: http://www.tomplimited.com/contacts.html

Good luck!

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