Dairy Goat Keeping
Some of the Bongo Wildlife Clubs and Communities have commenced Dairy Goat Keeping – as a potential income generation project
These goats can produce– 2.5 litres of milk in the morning, and 2 litres in the evening. This is significantly more than the Kenyan standard goat(max1.5 litres per day)At a potential 80 Ksh per litre this can make treble the income by using Alpine goat. BSP Mau communities have seen the investment potential. The cost is 17,000– 22,000ksh depending on market prices and could be lowered potentially when negotiating with a local group.
These goats do breed quickly, if communities follow all instructions, from a health perspective. The milk from this breed of goats is highly nutritious and especially helpful for the well-being of the young and elderly.
There are a number of considerations for communities to consider before embarking on this type of project:-
- How to purchase the German/Kenyan Alpine goats. Recommended breed for Dairy Goat Keeping
- Most appropriate contacts to purchase these are either local recommended groups or to start up with the Ministry of Agriculture, in your area/locality, or your BSP contact.
- It is most important, to make contact with your local veterinary agent from the outset, to advise on disease control and how to keep your goats healthy.
- Housing the goat suggestion:- A timber frame shed. It should be waterproof and with feeding trough. Use materials for construction that are locally available to reduce cost.
- Feeding the goats is vital – Suggestions include Napier grass, shamba shrubs and weeds.
- Calcium lick is important to avoid milk fever and to induce visible heat signs.