Victor Holds a degree in Animal Science from Egerton University. Victor has over 3-year year experience in livestock value having worked in different development programs.

A few months back, one of our customers sent us a special request for a list of 4 books everyone handling or investing in cows can read in Kenya. The question intrigued us in the office and we immediately launched into a heated debate. I have since posed the question to our fellow dairy experts and consultants and after receiving some suggestions we ultimately settled on 4 titles. Instead of worrying so much about what had to be included, we opted to present a collection of books that has the ability to change the way you think and feel about cows.

We hope you enjoy our suggestions.

1. Cow Signals Basics – East African Edition

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why you should read

For anyone working with or planning to invest in dairy cows, Cowsignals Basics is an ideal book for your . Written in simple and easy to read language, this book has over 200 pictures an illustrations that make the information very clear and practical.

This book provides tips on what every farmer needs to understand to keep cows healthy, fertile, growing well and producing alot of milk.

The best part, the information is given from the cows perspective.

“Every dairy entrepreneur needs a reading list. After all, books are one of the most valuable knowledge resources. Even the best podcasts and YouTube videos cannot replace the in-depth lessons found in a good book.”

2. Cow house design book for small holder dairy entrepreneurs

Cowsoko

Why you should read

Dairy cow house requires a considerable investment and a proper design is crucial for cow comfort and health, optimal production and profitability. This handbook provides the reader with a set of 6 modular cow house designs,  from herd of 5 to 54 cows plus young stock, based on the basic principles of good cow house design in a Kenyan context.

The cow house designs are modular,  implying they are expandable to allow farmers to increase their herds gradually, as they continue invest in their dairy business.
Each module can be enlarged easily at minimum costs and adjustments (or even demolition) of existing structures.

3. Dairy matters. Inspiring stories on dairy development in Kenya

Why you should read

This case study book introduce inspiring stories from 18 dairy farmers from different regions in Kenya. These stories trace the struggles and success that have led to changes in attitude and significant changes management practices in dairy farms. It describes how smallholder farmers in Kenya have become eager to learn about professional dairy management. With little capital, the farmers are investing in new breed, cow houses, simple machines that are making their operations more efficient and farms more profitable. Most of the farmers described have worked their way up to command respect to become role models and good dairy farm practices ambassadors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 4. Cow signals advanced east Africa edition

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why you should read

In this book, Jan Hulsen a vet, together with Kenyan experts describe several signals the cows continuously give about their health, well-being, nutrition and production.

They argue that when observing cows, farmers should not jump in conclusions but instead ask themselves three questions; what do I see? What is the cause? What does this mean? For example a cow standing constantly could mean poor condition of bedding. Observing manure tells you about what the cow ate. It concludes that by using these kind of information, farmers can act immediately to improve cow performance as well as well being.

 

For information on where to get these publications and much more, contact:

Jessicah Wanza Phone: +254705864702 or email: jessicahwanza@gmail.com