A pilot beef fattening scheme introduced two years ago at Lanet, about 100 miles (160 kms) north-west of nairobi, may lead the way to a vital expansion in meat production in Kenya.
GV EXT & CU Sign "Kenya Beef industry Development project, Nakuru"
MV PAN Thine cattle in pen
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CU Board showing feeding experiments
GV & MV PAN Fattened cattle in pen
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Background: A pilot beef fattening scheme introduced two years ago at Lanet, about 100 miles (160 kms) north-west of nairobi, may lead the way to a vital expansion in meat production in Kenya.
The scheme was launched by the world Food and Agricultural organisation in conjunction with the united nations Development Programme.
A beef research station was set up at Lanet jointly with the Kenya Ministry of Agriculture Animal Production Division.
Young cattle in poor condition are bought from herdsmen in the northern frontier district and placed in pens at the research station. After being checked by the veterinary department, they are subjected to an intensive feeding programmed aimed at fattening them quickly and economically.
The main basis of the fattening ration is maize silage, grain germ and husks, mixed with mole??? products grown locally. After ten weeks, the cattle have gained sufficient meat and fat to be sold off to the kenya Meat Commission for slaughter.
Research is being carried out to find the response of various available breeds and cross-breeds of cattle fed on the special rations.
It is hoped that, with the establishment of a further six commercial fattening centres, an improved type of beef industry can be built up. The production of beef calves will then be concentrated on range areas, with fattening programmes integrated into the crop economies of the better quality land.
The Lanet project has received considerable attention from European commercial interests as a possible model for production of beef for export to Europe.