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All over the world  bull calves of  dairy  breeds origin are uneconomical to raise.  Despite of most places having higher  beef prices than us and much cheaper  feeds of better quality available to  them! Therefore dairy bull calves are  often killed right after birth. Efforts to  simply outlaw this practice have not  proven to be very effective.   In the beginning we did it, too. I still  have nightmares about it now, even  though we haven’t killed a bull calf in  many years. The genetics we have used  over the years got better and better  and our bulls’ breeding merit under local  conditions is superior to that of  purebred and most imported genetics.   Some days ago our first calf of 100%  imported ancestry (8th generation) was  born. It is by Sansão (Best Dairy Gir  ever) * Edbo (Best Scandinavian) * Bold  (Best Jersey) * O-Man (Best Holstein)  * Phuket (Best Sahiwal) * Bold (Best  Jersey) * Sargent (Imported Ayrshire)  * Joe (Imported Brown Swiss). This calf is a combination of some of the  World’s greatest sires & of 7 different  breeds! You won’t find anything close to  this kind of breeding wherever else you  might look. It really is a great sin & what  a huge waste of potential not to raise  such a calf for breeding & let it grow up  to propagate its fabulous genes.  We keep our cattle under quite intensive  conditions with all concentrates & over  80% of roughages bought in. A two years  old bull has cost us more than KShs  140,000/- to raise. As this is much above  what most small scale farmers can  afford to pay, we greatly subsidise its  sale price as breeding bull.   Sale of semen possibly would have been able to help us out of this kind of loss  making, all in the name of doing some  useful development effort in Kenya’s  Livestock sector. Unfortunately this  was not to be and now we are facing a  real dilemma of how to keep financing  our good intentions... This can’t be plausible after all I have just said? The emphasises is on “a” bull  speak “one” bull rather than 50...   If you have some few dairy animals to breed or some local cows that you are  seeking to improve you could just use your neighbour’s bull which quite often is of  limited or unknown quality. Or you could aspire to breed them by use of artificial  insemination. This often poses insurmountable management or logistics problems.   Or, best option,  you could buy a service age ready to breed bull from us, which you  will get from as low as KShs 70,000/-. You can then use this bull to breed your own  cows for a couple of years, maybe even provide natural bull service at a fee to your  neighbours and thereby earn the bulls upkeep and a little  extra profit for you. If  you have fed and maintained him well you can then sell him at about 4 years of age,  when usually he hasn’t turned aggressive or troublesome yet. Such bulls will fetch  at least KShs 100,000/- slaughter value or even more when sold to another farmer  for breeding.  You keep KShs 30,000/- as profit & invest the remaining 70,000/- in  a new bull from us with certified & unrelated genetics. The quality of these bulls’  offspring will convince you and repay your efforts and expenses many times over!     If you are not farming yourself but want to help a small farmer & save a calf too?   Although the bull’s sale price already is greatly subsidised by us, all too often it is  still out of reach for the most needy. Exactly those farmers who would benefit in  the greatest way through an improvement of their cattle’s production potential.  This could take them out of mere subsistence farming and open a gateway for them  into profitable commercial farming for the good of their family, their community  and all of Kenya. If happy, satisfied and successful in their rural environment not  all of our young people will then strive to seek their fortunes in the big towns and  cities or abroad. You could sponsor a bull for such a small scale dairy farmer or  women’s group in Kenya who then could use that bull in the way described above.   How YOU could benefit out of this situation?   Keeping a bull WILL BE PROFITABLE FOR YOU!   Therefore we have decided to raise our  bull calves with the intention of selling  them for breeding purposes to our  fellow farmers. These bulls not only have  a tremendous potential to increase  productivity and profitability in all dairy  production systems but also beef  production under ranching conditions.   And most important, your sponsorship will then enable us to raise another bull calf  for the next upcoming dairy farmer and no more bull calves will have to die!   The Life and Death of Dairy Bull Calves Warning:  This Video contains highly disturbing images. Not for sensitive viewers!  Last but not Least: Many well meaning projects, where high quality cows or heifers were bought or  given out to small scale farmers (Heifer Project International and others) often  run into the great problem eventually that after the heifer’s first calving she  never gets pregnant again. Quite often breeding was exclusively attempted by use  of artificial insemination and as a general rule: the better the cow the more  difficult she will be to breed. Using a quality bull could have saved a great many  good cows from a final fate of being sold to slaughter for infertility reasons.