Kenya: How we live with seven dairy cows, goats in the 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
At peak production, their best cow produces 36 litres of milk per day and the Gitaus believe diet is the secret.
By Anna Jones
Oct. 15 2016
“We milk the cows three times a day, yielding at least 60 litres per session at the peak, which we sell at Sh60 a litre,” said Salome.
Neighbours and residents queue up with their containers to buy milk fresh from the cow. Often still warm, it’s filtered from a churn directly into the customer’s bottle.
“There is so much demand for milk and it helps a lot selling direct to the consumer,” Gitau explained later when we caught up after the visit.
“Selling directly to consumers is better than waiting for a cheque from processors because if you don’t have money in the morning, you can’t buy what you need for the cows on the same day,” said Gitau, noting he sold his coffee plants in rural Murang’a and made enough money to buy their current plot in Githurai.