One of the most common questions I get from dairy farmers is, “How can I have high quality dairy cattle without paying the high prices for pedigree cows?”
This question arises from the desire of farmers to have high milk producing cattle but they are frustrated by the high purchase prices for such cattle.
The question has been very frequent in the last one month. I hope by making a full article response to the question, even those who have not yet asked the question will benefit.
I will use the Friesian cow breed as my reference in this article because it is the most common dairy cow breed in Kenya.
The Friesian, also called Holstein, is the highest milk producing dairy cattle breed. Often people confuse Friesian and Holstein as two different breeds. They are one and the same.
The term Friesian is mainly used in the United Kingdom while Holstein is used in the United States of America. The cattle originated from North Holland and Friesland Provinces of The Netherlands and spread widely globally due to their superior milk production. read more…