VikingNews Global 2-2019 FINAL - Page 24



Around the VikingWorld
First class Genetics in East Africa
– Gogar Farm
Many large commercial herds in Kenya can be found in the western part of the country.
Gogar Farm is one of them. This is a cattle breeding leader farm situated 200km from
the Kenyan capital Nairobi, in Nakuru County. The herd is owned by Hamish Grant,
whose grandfather emigrated to Kenya from Great Britain many years ago.
U
nlike many other farms, milk is only a by-product for
Grant’s enterprise. He is primarily interested in the
breeding side of the business, as the farm makes most
of its income from selling in-calf heifers around all East Africa.
The high genetic level of the heifers, along with Grant’s good
understanding of the business has truly put him on the map.
There are around 1,200 cattle on the farm of which 400 are
currently milking. The reason for the high number of heifers is
because the farm almost exclusively uses sexed semen from
VikingGenetics. Gogar Farm always maintains a high number
of genetically superior heifers ready for sale on the East African market.
Grant always uses VikingGenetics top bulls based on the
Nordic Total Merit (NTM) index. The farm has mainly Holstein
today, but began with mostly Ayrshires 100 years ago. However, Jersey and Ayrshire breeds can still be found on the
farm today.
Hamish Grant owns a 1,200 head herd in Kenya, and almost exclusively
uses sexed semen.
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vikingnews | November 2019
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