byVictor Otieno via web
Part of the group of farmers that KMDP-II works with are smallholder dairy farmers who supply 80% of milk and keep 1 to 8 cows, reared in 1 -10 acres of land. These farmers have adopted zero grazing to make optimal use of of the limited land resources and one of the major challenges they face is getting proper designs of cow barns that take into account cow comfort, future expansion and profitability. One of the major focus of KMDP-II supported training has been in cow housing, where farmers are trained on importance of proper cow housing. In addition, farmers are given access to 6 modules of cow house designs that were developed by KMDP then finally they are linked to trained masons, for those willing to invest in new units or expand the existing ones.
These has seen farmers like Barine Mbae raise funds to investments on improvements for his cow house by raising the roof to improve ventilation, modify the dimensions on the stalls, improve hygiene in the sleeping bed and put partitions to separate cows in different groups. Barine hopes that he will see improved health and increase in production since cows can now sleep comfortably and move freely in the stalls.