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Title:Dairy Development
Authors:Leegwater, P.
Hoorweg, J.
Book title:Kenya Coast Handbook: Culture, resources and development in the East African littoral
Editors:Hoorweg, J.
Foeken, D.
Obudho, R.A.
City of publisher:Hamburg
Publisher:Lit Verlag
Geographic term:Kenya
Discipline:Agriculture & Animal Husbandry
Dairy - production
Dairy - marketing
Dairy - consumption
Abstract:The growth of the dairy sector as it has occurred in Kilifi and Malindi Districts is one of the few examples of successful agricultural development in the coastal region in the past decades. Between 1985 and 1997 dairy cattle have more than doubled in number. Three livestock systems are described: conventional grazing, zero-grazing and fenced pastures. Particular attention is given to intensive dairy farming by smallholders. Household and herd characteristics are discussed together with the necessary feeding regime and labour requirements. Milk production is reviewed in terms of milk destination, local demand and local consumption. It is argued that the success of dairy development in the districts is the result of three converging factors: the start of a large dairy farm with a dairy factory near Kilifi town; the start of a programme of technical support for intensive dairy farming by smallholders; and the deregulation of the milk trade. (Source: Author Abstract)