New breed of dairy cattle

A new breed of dairy cattle was launched in June 2010. The breed is a cross between the Friesian and Fleckvieh from Germany. It was introduced by a German firm, Fleckvieh Ltd and has benefited about 500 farmers in Kiambu County. It is said the breed has many advantages which include

  1. high milk production
  2. very prolific - can give one calf every year for eight years
  3. minimal veterinary demands

The Fleckvieh breed of cattle is said to be a high yielding, dual-purpose cow developed for both dairy and beef production. Also referred to as Miling Simmental because of its origin from the Simmental breed of cattle, the breed was developed in Germany and introduced into Kenya from South Africa in 2009. It is marketed in Kenya and East Africa by Fleckvieh Genetics East Africa (FGEA). Since its introduction the breed has been adopted by more than 20,000 farmers in Kiambu, Malindi and other parts of the country.

 

Breed Characteristics and Performance     

  • The color can be either black and white or red and white.Fleckvieh cow
  • They are docile and easy to manage.
  • The breed is hardy and adapts well to difficult environmental conditions.
  • A mature cow weighs between 650-800 kilograms.
  • Having lower numbers of somatic cells in the milk compared to other dairy breeds the breed is resistant to mastitis and the milk lasts longer without refrigeration. Fleckvieh milk last 24 hours before spoiling compared to 7 to 10 hours for other dairy breeds.
  • Ticks and tsetse flies cannot easily penetrate their very thick and tough skin and this makes them resistant to tick-borne and tsetse transmitted diseases.  
  • At 4.2% the Fleckvieh milk butterfat content is higher than that of either the Ayrshire or Friesian breeds. 
  • Fleckvieh have a faster growth rate than other beef and dairy breeds. If fed properly a calf can weigh 300kgs in six months.
  • The feed conversion rate is higher compared to other dairy cattle. The Friesian breed consumes an average of 70kgs daily whereas the Fleckvieh consumes only 40kg to produce the same amount of milk or meat. But on the flip side though the Fleckvieh is able to sustain its larger body mass on less feed, it produces less dung than for other breeds and therefore less manure for the dairy farmer.
  • Compared to the 7800 kg per lactation of Friesian breeds, the Fleckvieh produces an average of 7500 kg during the first lactation and reaches up to 10,000 kg in the third lactation.

A Fleckvieh heifer goes for about Kshs 250,000 making it unaffordable to majority of dairy andFleckvieh breed of cattle beef farmers in Kenya. The cheapest way to get this breed is through artificial insemination of livestock where farmers can cross with their dairy or beef cows. In this process over 75% of the Fleckvieh genetics is passed to the offspring whereas the general standard for this transfer is 50 per cent. This is a very high rate of genetic gain and dairy farmers can quickly improve their herds in a very short time. Farmers are encouraged to get semen from these top bulls available at a price ranging from Kshs 400 to 800.

Therefore with faster maturity and higher milk production the Fleckvieh breed is an addition to the important dairy breeds of cattle in Kenya. Interested farmers can contact Fleckvieh at their website Fleckvieh Genetics (EA) Ltd or call Mobile 0721 095 555, 0734 095 555, 0725 665 885, 0733095555 or 0712095555.


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Dr Amir lakha
0 # Dr Amir lakha 2012-02-08 02:27
We need dual purpose breed Friesian/Flekvich cows and bulls to add tio our group of demonstration animals for trainees.
Please let us know the pricing for cow and bull
Best wishes
Dr Amir Lakha
Chairman
HACOT
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gideon
0 # gideon 2012-08-30 22:10
let me know more about fleckvieh dairy and how to get semen from similar for artificial insemination
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lulu
0 # lulu 2013-11-22 12:16
hello,
i m looking to statrt in the dairy cow buissness, pls can u suggest some breeds
and their cost
lulu
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philip wambua
0 # philip wambua 2014-10-27 14:54
have got two cow at disposal each @ sh 60,000
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Bernard  Otieno
+1 # Bernard Otieno 2012-03-10 20:38
Require pricing for both males and dairy cows. In the process of setting up dairy farm in Homage Bay county.
Pls expedite.
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Shadrach Mogire
+1 # Shadrach Mogire 2012-05-19 09:42
This is a good breed.Please assist in passing information as you have been doing to other breeds. Information is power. Thanks.
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benedict kotonya
-1 # benedict kotonya 2012-05-22 22:01
i am impressed with breed!
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Wachira
-2 # Wachira 2012-07-12 16:41
looking to set-up a zero grazing cow farm with about 10 heifers. pl'se send inof on best milk breeds/prices
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wilson
0 # wilson 2012-07-24 16:17
Good breed. Is there artificial insemination for the breed in Uganda as well? Can you direct?
WK
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william gitau
+1 # william gitau 2012-07-25 15:46
do you have dealers in the semen in nyandarua/nyahururu area in case one wanted AI with this breed. who is your contact person in this area?
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Zahid Maqsood
+1 # Zahid Maqsood 2012-07-29 18:09
I am interested to buy Fleckvieh cow and bull for my dairy farm in Pakistan.
I would appreciate if I am provided with the further details and availability.

Zahid Maqsood
+923219669664
+966562097799
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jepkorir lagat
0 # jepkorir lagat 2012-08-01 15:16
Good bred
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jepkorir lagat
0 # jepkorir lagat 2012-08-01 15:18
DO YOU HAVE DEALER IN ELDORET TOWN
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Dr. K. A. Shah
0 # Dr. K. A. Shah 2013-01-28 22:50
I may already be too late to answer the mail from Jepkorir Lagat but here goes....
You can contact Dr. Shah at THORNTREE A.I. SERVICES on +254 733 677 502 or +254 721 821 555 or email me on .
We stock a wide variety of Fleckvieh semen.
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Eunice Maranya
0 # Eunice Maranya 2014-02-27 16:36
Dr Shah, I am interested in starting a veal/beef farm in Malindi. Where do I get the genetics and technical support?
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gitari
0 # gitari 2012-10-07 11:18
make semens available within mtkenya region,like nanyuki.
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corrine bore
+1 # corrine bore 2012-11-06 13:16
am from kericho and want to set up a serious dairy farm i need help in selecting a nice breed which can do well in the area.
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sallie leipa
0 # sallie leipa 2012-11-19 15:01
I am new in dairy farming and started 5 months ago with 3 freshian breeders. I am impressed by info on the fleckvieh and would really want to have it. Which is the nearest firm/farm for me to visit since I come from Kajiado?
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OSIRI MOSWETA J
0 # OSIRI MOSWETA J 2012-11-23 16:51
iam interest in dairy farming.Let me know where to get semen for fleckvieh.i have already have ayrshire which i want to cross breed.
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KITETU TITUS
0 # KITETU TITUS 2012-11-24 15:26
I WANT TO START DAIRLY FARMING IN MACHAKOS KINDLY ADVICE ME WHERE ICAN GET DAIRLY COW 2 IN NUMBER THEN ICROSS THEM USING THE SIEMENS FROM THE SOUTH AFRICA. ADVICE ME THE SUITABLE BREED .
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mutaka Rogers
0 # mutaka Rogers 2013-01-17 18:52
Great breed i must say.
kindly give me info on the breed as its my first time to have such a breed.ie what can i do different on the farm to get ready for this wonderful breed.

what value can i expect from a 300 acres in the next 1 year.
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mutaka Rogers
0 # mutaka Rogers 2013-01-17 18:54
Without additional grain or sunflower seeds,can i sustain the breed only of green pastures and what portion of milk will i cut.
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mutaka Rogers
0 # mutaka Rogers 2013-01-17 18:57
despite our climate conditions in uganda save for only kabale region, where can i get the semen in uganda so i save the cost of transporting the cows from kenya to uganda.
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Vincent
0 # Vincent 2013-02-25 13:44
let me know more about fleckvieh dairy and how to get semen from similar for artificial insemination.

Vincent Oyoo.
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Gerson
0 # Gerson 2013-03-21 20:05
Kindly send me more info on this breed, am new in dairy farming and would like to stock at least 40 to 50 of this breed.

regards,
Gerson
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Joshua Wanjia
+1 # Joshua Wanjia 2013-04-03 20:10
Please link with Mr.Gichohi the General Manager for Fleckvieh Genetics East Africa(Mobile:0727665885.Email:,Facebook page family;site:http://www.fleckvi ehgeneticsea.com).Being a farmer in Kitale he has really been of help to me ensuring I get the right semen for my cows.I have managed to Inseminate my fresian and Ashire cows;the calves are now the reason I fight for my small farm in Kitale.Its time to act not to think about Fleckvieh as most of the farmers have already confirmed it’s working in Kenya.
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Rafael Tororey
0 # Rafael Tororey 2013-06-05 15:00
The information on Fleckvieh is exciting, I work in Nairobi with a farm in the general area of Turbo. I seriously wish to start dairy zero grazing. kindly advise.
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paul hepzibah
0 # paul hepzibah 2013-06-11 10:54
can i get the detaiils about the breed semen for my cow?? am from gatundu any dealer there?? and his contacts please ...any other information will be highly appreciated
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janet b
0 # janet b 2013-06-24 12:36
can this breed(fleckvieh) survive in the harsh conditions in kamba land?
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mbithi n
+1 # mbithi n 2013-07-19 08:56
Well done to all who contributed towards bringing this wonderful breed in Kenya. Am just about to retire and this is what I will retire to do. How many of this breed can I keep on a 25 acre of land in Kibwezi a very dry area in ukambani? Do you have somebody around that area who can guide me? How much money must I have to make the project a success at least for the first one year?
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arunda
0 # arunda 2013-09-25 02:42
wow, good information. i need a good brreed in calf heifers @80-100000. i need 3 animals. i want to set a farm in rongo- migori county. please advice urgently.
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paul wambua
0 # paul wambua 2013-10-09 20:14
Good breed from the description.do you have a demostration farm we can visit and learn.kindly inform us appropriately.
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osiri joseph
+1 # osiri joseph 2013-11-25 16:45
can one do a crossbreed between a fleckvieh and the short friesian? do the body weight matter?
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joseph
0 # joseph 2013-11-27 20:44
what is the best climatical condition for the animal
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Milton
0 # Milton 2014-02-17 09:06
kindly advice, I am interested in this new breed of animal,fleckvieh.Where can I get AI services for the same, what are the numbers to identify this breed from the tubes and what are the rates?
Waiting for your response.

Milton.
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noelking
0 # noelking 2014-03-15 10:38
where is fleckvieh genetic(ea)ltd located. and do you sell young ones. do i contact you for artificial insemination of the cross breed?.please guide. i also wish to know can i be paying in instalments
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Rogers mutaka
0 # Rogers mutaka 2014-04-14 20:31
How much can i get an already inseminated breed at?
Its a great breed.Want to try in Uganda on Zero grazing.
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kagema David.
0 # kagema David. 2014-04-26 18:40
Hello, i would like to start a dairy farm at nyahururu, how can i get to buy a fleckvieh cow for milk production?
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Milgo
0 # Milgo 2014-06-01 14:50
Advise where to buy for breeding
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SAMSON
0 # SAMSON 2014-08-28 15:38
Good info.
I need the AI services for my dairy so that the next insemination is semen from this breed. email
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