LIVESTOCK FARMERS in Elgeyo Marakwet are set to benefit from better breeding services after the county distributed artificial insemination (AI) kits.

The kits were distributed to field officers across the 20 wards, to improve breeds and boost milk production.

The 30 kits were given to the county government by the national government’s livestock department with each costing between Sh50,000 and Sh70,000.

According to the livestock executive, Dr Joseph Kiyeng, each of the AI kits contains a three litre container, a thermometer, thermos flask, liquid nitrogen and straws.

“The milk productivity is still low, on average at four litres per day per cow and we want to increase this to over 15 litres in a day. We have issued the equipment to both our field officers together with private practitioners charged with the exercise across the county,” said Dr Kiyeng.

The officers will respond to farmers’ needs as demanded by the producers.

“In fact, all the officers are professionals registered with the relevant veterinary regulatory body,” Dr Kiyeng said, adding that every practitioner ought to have undertaken both animal health and AI training to be able to practice.

He said the success of the AI service largely depends on the effectiveness of coordination of both the farmer and the officers.

Through mobile telephone, farmers are required to inform the officers whenever their cows are due for service, explained Dr Kiyeng.

Governor Alex Tolgos inspected the equipment outside his office in Iten on Wednesday together with his deputy Wisely Rotich and the county official

The governor said his government had over the years subsidised AI services to as low as Sh500 for sexed-semen and Sh200 for conventional semen.

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