How we live with seven dairy cows, goats in city

Salome Gitau poses next to one of her dairy cows in her farm in Githurai, Nairobi, where she and her husband Stanley Gitau, who is also a tour driver keep dairy cows and goats. PHOTO | ANNA JONES | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • Seven Friesian cows, two young bulls, two goats and some chickens were all lazily chewing or pecking the ground in the afternoon sunshine. “All this on a 100x50ft plot?” I wondered.
  • They use artificial insemination to improve genetics and breed their own replacement heifers, increasingly under the guidance of their eldest son Johnson Gitau, a student at the Kabete Veterinary School of the University of Nairobi.
  • At peak production, their best cow produces 36 litres of milk per day and the Gitaus believe diet is the secret.
  • Prof Paul Kimurto, an agricultural expert from Egerton University, said to farm successfully as a couple, activities on the farm should be shared based on gender abilities.

I first met Stanley Gitau in April while on a tour of Kenyan farms and agri-businesses. He was our driver, taking myself and a group of international farming scholars on a 1,700km journey.

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