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Important dairy breeds of cattle in Kenya

The main purpose of dairy breed of cattle is to produce milk, reproduce to provide replacement cows for the future and most of all to provide a means of living for farmers in the dairy business by providing the most milk at the least possible cost. All cows can produce milk but the most suitable for commercial milk production are few. The most important dairy breeds of cattle in Kenya are Friesian, Aryshire, Guernsey and Jersey breeds. The rest are either good for beef or as dual purpose animals.

Friesian

The Friesian cow originated in the Netherlands and are most quickly recognized by their distinctive black and white color markings and outstanding milk production.friesian cow

Friesians are large animals with color patterns of black and white or red and white. A healthy Friesian calf weighs 40 Kg or more at birth. A mature Friesian cow weighs about 700 Kg and stand 150 cm tall at the shoulder.

Friesian heifers can be bred at 15 months of age, when they weigh about 360 Kg. It is desirable to have Friesian females calve for the first time between 24 and 27 months of age. While some cows may live considerably longer, the normal productive life of a Friesian cow is six years.

The average milk production for a Friesian cow is 7800 Kg of milk per lactation.

Aryshire

The Ayrshire breed originated from Scotland. Aryshire is an efficient grazer noted for her vigor and efficiency in milk production. The cow is especially noted for the superior shape and quality of her udder. The composition of her milk makes her suitable for the production of butter and cheese.

Purebred Ayrshires only produce red and white offspring. aryshire cow
They are medium in size and weigh over 540 Kg at maturity. They are adapted to all management systems and are not subject to excessive foot and leg problems. Ayrshire cattle do better under pasture conditions compared to the other major dairy breeds. When pastures are poor, they need fewer supplements to keep them in good condition. These traits make Ayrshires outstanding commercial dairy cattle.

Under good management and feeding practices the average milk production ranges from 5400 Kg of milk with a 3.9% test to as high as 7800 Kg of milk per lactation. Top producing Ayrshires elsewhere in the world regularly exceed 9000 Kg of milk in their lactations. The current world record for Ayrshire is 16,860 Kg of milk.

Guernsey

The Guernsey is medium weight cattle that originated from England. The cow is known for producing high quality milk while consuming 20 to 30 percent less feed per kilogram of milk produced compared to larger dairy breeds. They are also known for having a lower projected calving interval and have a younger average age of first calf heifers than the larger breeds. Their lack of any known undesirable genetic recessives and their adaptability to warmer climates makes them very attractive to commercial dairy farmers.guernsey

The Guernsey is also an excellent grazer. She is a cow that is made for pasture-based milk production. Because of her grazing abilities, gentle disposition, calving ease and ability to efficiently produce milk with less feed than other breeds, she is the ideal candidate for intensive grazing. Dairy producers can realize her profit potential while reducing management costs.

Average milk production for the breed is 6650 Kg of milk per lactation.

Jersey

The Jersey breed originated from the Island of Jersey of England. The Jersey cows weigh about 450 Kg on average making them the smallest dairy breed in size. The breed was regarded very favorably because of its milk and butterfat production.

The Jersey Cow

Jerseys have a wide range of color. The color in Jerseys may vary from a very light gray or mouse color to a very dark fawn or a shade that is almost black.

The breed is adaptable to a wide range of climatic and geographical conditions. They are excellent grazers and perform well in intensive grazing programs. They are more tolerant to heat than the larger breeds. With its diminutive size the Jersey produces more milk per body weight than any other breed.

Usually deep in the body cows have long, straight top lines. Jersey cows are usually docile and rather easy to manage.

Under optimum conditions the average milk production is about 6800 Kg of milk in a 305 day period.

Read more about a new breed of dairy cattle that was introduced into the country just recently and which is appearing to become very popular. 


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James
+8 # James 2011-11-08 18:56
Thank you for the great information I found on this page.I have how ever been searching for good breeds of cattle for dairy in Kenya and also their prices and where to find them. I look forward to get your assistance where possible. Thank you in advance.
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moots
0 # moots 2011-11-30 20:49
I cannot agree with u - i am in the process of starting a dairy farming business - thanks a lot for the info. - cheers
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Fidelis Nthiwa Kimeu
+1 # Fidelis Nthiwa Kimeu 2011-12-29 10:44
I HAVE AN INTREST IN DIARY FARMING AND THE EXPERTISE .FEEDS IS ALSO ABUNTANT BUT I HAVE FINANCIAL CONSTRAINS CAN ANY ONE ASSIST AND WE MAKE ARRANGEMENTS TO PAY THROUGH THE PROCEEDS OF SALL OR OTHERWISE
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jacob sigei
+6 # jacob sigei 2012-01-01 11:18
i have aplan of keeping zero crazing cows[2]for my parents ,but i dont know the plan of the structures,where to get those cows and the desired feeds
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leley ezekiel
0 # leley ezekiel 2012-07-21 16:05
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ROTICH
-1 # ROTICH 2013-08-09 12:56
Leley, Bwana where can get good breed of dairy cows more than what i have now, mine produces 10 liters per cow and not in zero grazing, pls guide me i need to put up for ten zero grazing cows.thanks.
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BIWOTT
0 # BIWOTT 2014-01-22 21:48
leley this i my contact 0720318478 I'm yet to start a modern dairy farm pliz guide me on the way forward especially on the dairy farm breeds and feeds management. thanks in advance.
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waita
0 # waita 2013-01-10 15:20
just contact me and u get
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dirungu
+4 # dirungu 2013-05-23 14:41
i have plan of keeping zero Grazing cows[2]for my Self ,but i dont know the plan of the structures,where to get those cows and the desired feeds AND THGE PRICES

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jacob sigei
-2 # jacob sigei 2012-01-01 11:19
i have aplan of keeping zero crazing cows[2]for my parents ,but i dont know the plan of the structures,where to get those cows and the desired feeds
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george abetsi
-1 # george abetsi 2012-01-03 11:19
i would lyk to purchase friesian breed gd price my number 0723313276
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leley ezekiel
+1 # leley ezekiel 2012-07-21 16:00
have 2 friesian cows on sale am in moi univeresity call me 0729922983
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Eddy
0 # Eddy 2012-12-31 11:56
how much
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nicholus kirimi
+2 # nicholus kirimi 2012-01-07 16:50
am interested in buying a freshian or any good cow thats with good production by beggining of feb
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leley ezekiel
+1 # leley ezekiel 2012-07-21 16:09
cows vary in prices,could u be specific and we will see how to progress,call0729922983
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Moses Kiplagat
+1 # Moses Kiplagat 2012-01-16 17:07
Thanks for your information.I'am interested in Fresian & arshire heifers.My farm is located in Ainabkoi aprox 80 Km from Eldoret town. Please give me a conveneient place to get good breeds & their prices?
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juma
-1 # juma 2012-01-17 23:22
IAM INTERESTED IN BUYING 2 COWS TO START WITH PLESE GIVE ME DEFRENT PRICES
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johnson
0 # johnson 2013-05-20 15:44
i have 2 freshian cows on sale .@ 120k 0714 496699.kiambu county
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Mary
-2 # Mary 2012-01-22 11:58
Am interested in buying a dairy cow for my mother. Please give me the prices for the different available breeds.
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Ole Ngibunyi
-2 # Ole Ngibunyi 2012-02-09 13:32
Am interested in buying 4 quality Aryshire or Jersey incalf heifers. Kindly let me know price range and mode of delivery.
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julius mavya
+1 # julius mavya 2012-03-25 17:26
i need to buy a jersey cow. i want to rear it in kakamega county. where is the nearest place i can buy from.
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Andrew
+1 # Andrew 2012-03-25 17:52
I am interested in venturing into dairy farming. Your site has been very helpful in providing me me with much-needed information. I would like to inquire where one could buy dairy cattle, and what the average price for an animal is.
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shadrach mogire
+2 # shadrach mogire 2012-03-26 09:20
Your determination in educating the world on dairy farming is highly recommended. Kindly keep it up more especially equiping members with knowledge on new breeds (fleckvieh).
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ANDREW
0 # ANDREW 2012-04-29 17:31
THANK YOU FOR THIS INSIGHTFUL INFORMATION. I WOULD LIKE TO START DAIRY FARMING IN WESTERN KENYA. MAY YOU ADVISE ON THE RIGHT BREED, CARE AND EXPECTED PRODUCTION.
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dejene1122
-1 # dejene1122 2012-05-10 14:04
My name is Zerihun, from Ethiopia, around Addis Ababa,
First I would like to appreciate the information that I got, but I need to know some information about the level of development of kenya's dairy farm, for instance how many big, middle and small level dairy farm in kenya, is there a firm that can able to export original (F1) or parent level of friesian and jersy specious cow to other countries, if so, do you know the experience that such export made to Ethiopia, if yes up to how much USD do I get to export here to Addis (Ethiopia). Please give me the information that helps me to move my project to strengthen the beginning phase of my dairy farm project. Thanking you. I remain.

Zerihun
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azi
0 # azi 2013-01-22 12:31
Hi dejene,
I a'm from ethiopia adiss abeba.
Please if you get any information about your qestion please,I wold like to share with you.my e mail .
Amesegenalehu.
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GEOFFREY
-1 # GEOFFREY 2012-05-16 18:01
Im an upcoming dairy farmer in kericho.Where do i get best dairy breeds which are affordable?.
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marando
-3 # marando 2012-06-07 18:07
I am charls from Arusha Tanzania, i would like to know the price of quality dairy
Thanks
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symon
0 # symon 2012-06-16 23:30
Give the price of a mature freshian cow which i can start milking right away.and also the prici of heifers
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Elly
0 # Elly 2012-06-28 13:20
Thanks for information. I am about to quit my job and am interested in dairy farming. Please tell me some of the critical basic routeen one has to do to keep the cow healthy and keep diseases at bay. What are the feeding rations for different breeds? Thanks
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douglas
+1 # douglas 2012-07-31 10:28
haloo i will love to know if i can get a heifer and what price and size that u have please?
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peter gichuku
0 # peter gichuku 2012-08-17 14:56
We sell feed formulations on how to make quality livestock feeds online or you can come and collect a hand copy.It is simple everybody can make nutritious yet cost effective feeds at home.

Call 0722956647



www.formulationgoods.kbo.co.ke
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Bartholomew K Mutai
-2 # Bartholomew K Mutai 2012-09-18 16:41
Hi am looking for Friesian or Ayrshire heifers around eldoret and at what price
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humphrey
0 # humphrey 2012-10-03 11:06
Iam a Tanzanian who wish to start dairy cattle keeping bussiness.May you help me to know the best breeds and their cost.
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azi
+1 # azi 2013-01-22 12:20
Hello
I am from Ethiopia,if you got any help for your question please let me know....
b/c i would like to start dairy cattel farm and i dont have any idea about that.if you start it ,And you happy with your farm please share your idea to me,
THANK YOU VERY MUCH
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ANNE MWIHAKI
-1 # ANNE MWIHAKI 2012-10-09 13:17
looking for cows worth 40,000 and can produce 20 liters per day
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ANNE MWIHAKI
0 # ANNE MWIHAKI 2012-10-09 13:18
looking for dairy cows worth 40,000 and can produce 20 liters a day
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ANNE MWIHAKI
0 # ANNE MWIHAKI 2012-10-09 13:19
looking for cows worth 40,000 and can produce 20 liters a day
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amara okech
-2 # amara okech 2012-10-18 15:31
where can i get Jersey cows??
how much are the calves??
do they do well in the lake region???
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amara okech
+1 # amara okech 2012-10-18 15:32
what is the price for a Guernsey calf??
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cephas
0 # cephas 2012-10-27 17:46
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cephas
0 # cephas 2012-10-27 17:48
like the website
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moshami
0 # moshami 2012-10-29 09:36
it is good to see that you have an idea of what type f cow that you need.however, there is something that i need to advice you about this about the pricing of cows. for you to find a cow producing @0ltrs of milk and above per day means that this is a high quality breed. mostly these breeds are very expensive to buy you can actually buy it for more than 100k. however with that price you can find a a calf that can one day give you such produce of 20ltrs per day.
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Jacky
-1 # Jacky 2012-12-28 15:27
Everybody here, I invite you to join the Farming Kenya group on facebook it consists of both experts and those with no knowledge in farming at all.
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Nancy Walter,This is a very educative article,
0 # Nancy Walter,This is a very educative article, 2012-12-31 12:11
Thanks for the above info.I am very interested in doing diary farming and from the above info,Friesians cows fits my objective.I would love the breed which will give me quality and more milk.Not fatty.Kindly advice,where I can get the breeds?
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ronmar majabague
0 # ronmar majabague 2013-01-09 16:10
thank you for giving the answer
thank you
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azi
0 # azi 2013-01-20 20:38
Thank you for the Good information I found on this page.I have been searching dairy in Kenya and also their prices and where to find them.I will be happy if you answer me.Thank you
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mareshet
0 # mareshet 2013-01-22 12:49
need to buy a Holstein and jersey cow. i want to it in keep them in ethiopia in tigeray county. where is the nearest place i can buy from or if you don't have near place how can i take them to north ethiopia????
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mareshet
0 # mareshet 2013-01-22 12:52
need to buy a Holstein and jersey cow. i want to keep them in ethiopia in tigeray county. where is the nearest place i can buy from ?or if you don't have near place how can i take them to north ethiopia????
THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
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Ben Kidew
0 # Ben Kidew 2013-01-30 14:21
Please send me a quoation on
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kennedy
0 # kennedy 2013-01-30 23:22
Hi,i want to rear a jersey in kisii county, where is the appropriate place can i get the calves,and for how much does one calf cost?
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Akoth Ouko
0 # Akoth Ouko 2013-02-06 08:55
I would like to begin rearing dairy in Homa-Bay, which breed do you think is most suitable, its price and could you link me to a reputable seller to obtain an in-calf heifer.
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Godfrey Alulu
0 # Godfrey Alulu 2013-02-06 16:31
Hi,
I am an intrested in dairy farming. i have already two cows i am intending to get an additional one but financialy constrain. can one get me a good breed and agreey to pay in an installements at a rate of KSH 1500 per month? Kindly advice i would love to have higher milk yielding cow
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mark kirimis
-1 # mark kirimis 2013-02-20 15:05
hi what is the suitable breed o rare in meru county esp fro a starter minding about affordability pls advice 0720496500
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Omonto
0 # Omonto 2013-03-09 09:14
I am urgently looking to buy a breed of cows called DEXTER. Please let me know where I can find them in Kenya or other east african countries.I would like to hear from anybody with an idea.Will love to talk to sellers or livestock experts.Thanks
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Required
-1 # Required 2013-04-01 00:49
Hi! There are no cows in Kenya. :cry: Only water buffalo and African bison. Kenyans drink antelope or okapi milk and, on occasion, giraffe milk. :-? They eat lion leftovers steak (antelope, impala, gazelle) :-x but never cow. :-*
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Sue
0 # Sue 2013-04-03 23:08
Dear my fellow Kenyans am looking to buy 4 friesian cows producing 30 to 40 liters of milk per day does anyone have contacts or any information where i can get such cows and they must have a cow history and have given birth once please keep me posted . Thanks
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MARIA NYAMBURA NJOROGE
0 # MARIA NYAMBURA NJOROGE 2013-04-10 12:39
AM LOOKING FOR A FRESHIAN AND GUNSEY,WHEREB CAN I GET IT
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vincent
0 # vincent 2013-04-25 10:40
Hullo, am looking for Aryshire incalf, anyone knows who i can contact on the matter? Thanks
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jonathan nguli
0 # jonathan nguli 2013-06-04 14:32
i have interest of zero grassing but in hot area like yatta,advise which breed can at least make, thanks.
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Moses Guku
0 # Moses Guku 2013-07-23 07:27
is there any Fresian available. i want to buy in Nairobi
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weldon
0 # weldon 2013-08-01 15:32
I have read this site with a lot of interest, I am looking for a good breed of dairy cow which is likely to give me atleast 25-30 littles, should be suitable for Nakuru/Njoro.

my contact is 0722346714
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kipchumba
0 # kipchumba 2014-03-05 12:46
hallo mr weldon my names r kipchumba from baringo county currently doing business in mombasa ive read all the post n find that ur problems resembles mine,4 sure bro i want to venture into dairy farming and looking for the same breed incase u succeed pliz advice me too.thanks
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Janeth c.m
0 # Janeth c.m 2013-08-02 12:25
I liked the information from the website and i have a plan to engage in dairy farming.
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julius ngatai
-1 # julius ngatai 2013-08-22 22:39
want 10 dairy cows preferably fresian
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0 # kamuli anthony 2013-09-06 13:37
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0 # kamuli anthony 2013-09-06 13:38
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Peter Muthinja
+1 # Peter Muthinja 2013-12-06 23:13
I have two Friesian cows for sale plus one 4 month heifer from one of the cows.

Both cows are in the fourth Month of lactation.

One cow produces on average 20 liters per day - Second lactation while the other one produces 15 Liters, it is in its first lactation.

I am looking for 280,000 for the three.

Call 0722896373
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Barasa
0 # Barasa 2013-12-08 22:07
am Barasa from busia township looking for good quality aryshire cow breed with an average milk production of atleast 20 litres per day, the breed and milk production history should also be available.
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gerald mbogo
0 # gerald mbogo 2014-01-18 01:41
Please can you give me the price of Aryshire cow from your farm.
I am a new farmer and I want to start raring cows
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Weston Ndege
0 # Weston Ndege 2014-01-26 10:18
I need a friesian cow, tell me how to get it.
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Radhi Idha
0 # Radhi Idha 2014-04-29 10:56
Hi
Im interested in jersey cows im in mombasa my contacts 0733420608 they should be located in mombasa
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jane muthoni
0 # jane muthoni 2014-05-08 19:14
am looking for a friesian producing 30 liters of milk per day, please if you have contact me.+97433255069 or 0723420171
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david nyamweya
0 # david nyamweya 2014-07-23 17:22
am looking to buy cows best suited for kisii-Kenya example Aryshire. please call me if you have haifers on sale. thanks
0732318380
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