Are you interested in dairy goat farming in Kenya?
Located some 15 kilometers from
Chuka town in Kathatwa sub-location is Murang’a Farm owned by Sammy Murithi,
Murithi keeps goats of the German Alpine and Toggenburg breeds,
animals that he says have changed his life for the better thanks to their good
“These breeds are hardy and have the
ability to adapt to virtually all agro-climatic conditions while producing to
their maximum. Their farming has given me an opportunity to live a decent
life,” Murithi says.
So what makes his animals thrive?
Muriithi farms brachiaria grass that helps him boost his dairy production. The
fodder has thick leaves that make it hard for weeds to thrive, grows well in a
wide range of agro-ecological zones and has a high vigour and high crude
protein of between 14 – 20 percent.
The grass also experiences minimal
attacks from pests and diseases making it a good choice.
For good breeding, Murithi says good
nutrition, good housing and good health management, are key.
“The houses should be raised at
least two feet from the ground with the feeding and resting areas separated.
The shed should also be well lit, properly ventilated and kept clean and dry as
dampness attracts pests and diseases,” he explains.
Murithi sells mature Alpine and
Toggenburg dairy goats at between Sh16,000 – Sh25000, while a goat kid goes for
He milks four goats, getting an
average of 9 – 12 litres per day selling each at Sh90 locally. He has since
embraced online platform Mkulima Young to market his products.
“Goat milk has good rewards unlike
cow’s and its prices do not fluctuate guaranteeing steady income,” says
Murithi, who previously farmed dairy cows but switched to the ruminants.
He notes that goats have minimal
expense, high return and occupy a much smaller space compared to dairy cows.
“Disposing goats is also much easier
compared to cows since one needs about Sh16,000 which a buyer would find it
easier to get than the over Sh100,000 needed for a good cow.”
“Inbreeding is one of the worst
enemies of goats. To stop the menace, I normally get a buck from DGAK in Nyeri
to serve my does.”
To supplement his income, Murithi
started growing tree seedlings some six months ago, a business given birth by
the goats, and is currently having 55,000.
“I ventured into tree
seedlings as a strategy to make more income. With the smaller
size of land I have, you have to be tactical,” explains Murithi, who quit drugs
and got into farming with the venture making his transition smooth.
He says there is high demand for
tree seedlings like mahogany, with the farmer selling each at Sh200, which will
earn him a fortune once he clears the 55,000.
To contact Sammy and his tree seedlings and goats click here