- It’s dream come true for Kinyanjui who started with two cows but now makes yoghurt and purifies water.
With its udder seemingly about to burst, the dairy cow named Kayole leaves its shed walking in measured steps as if it is in a beauty contest.
It stands at a wheelbarrow full of hay on the farm in Naivasha and starts to chew the fodder before it is led into a milking shed.
It it is about 4pm and this is the third time its handler is milking the Friesian cow that is the toast of the farm because it produces an average of 40 litres of milk a day.
“Its big udder makes it difficult for it to walk, thus, the measured steps that have made some of my friends describe it as proud,” says Geoffrey Kinyanjui, the owner of the farm.
The animal is his favourite at the farm that hosts 28 dairy cows, 11 of which are lactating, each producing an average of 25 to 40 litres a day.
Kinyanjui attributes the difference in milk production between Kayole and the others to feeds and genetics.
The thirst to supply milk to neighbours and earn extra money to boost his earnings made Kinyanjui venture into dairy farming in 2010. Living in the peri-urban Kayole estate in Naivasha, getting fresh milk was a challenge for residents. Kinyanjui saw a commercial opportunity.
Armed with Sh140,000, the draughtsman bought two dairy cows from a farm in Kinangop after building a shed.
“The two cows produced more than 40 litres per day but this was not enough to supply to my clients,” he recounts.
With demand rising, Kinyanjui increased his herd about a year later to four.
However, that proved to be only a temporary measure as demand for milk kept on rising.
“I realised that the only way to satisfy the demand was to go commercial by increasing my herd and expanding my zero-grazing units.”
His architectural background came in handy. He built modern zero-grazing units on a quarter of his three-acre farm, which also doubles as the family homestead.
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The beauty of his architectural ingenuity is laid bare as one enters the zero-grazing unit.