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A Visit by Jeroen Van Der Zalm, from EP-NUFFIC

The visit was on 10th March, 2016. The essence of the visit was to discuss DAIRYTRAIN 2015 highlights, Curriculum development and Learning initiatives. The particular discussions took place at the Centre of Excellence for Livestock Innovation and Business, Egerton University.

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Regional Conference On Dairy Education and Training in Africa

The 2015 regional conference on transforming the dairy sector in Africa through education and training aims to provide a platform for dairy farmers, extension staff and other practitioners, educators and trainers in the dairy sub-sector together with all stakeholders along the dairy value chain in Africa and beyond to actively participate, and share findings and experiences, while at the same time learning lessons towards effectively transforming the dairy sector into a competitive economic sector. The 2015 regional conference therefore provides dairy farmers, the industry, institutions of higher learning, local and international development agencies with an opportunity to review the current status of the dairy education and training in Africa, assess the progress made so far in the dairy sub-sector through training and education and lessons to be learnt from similar curricula from Europe. This will help to develop strategies to overhaul the training needs of Africa’s institutions to facilitate economic growth in the dairy sub-sector. The conference targets local, regional and international dairy farmers, experts, practitioners, researchers involved in dairy curriculum development and training.

The overall theme for the conference was “Transforming Dairy Education and Training for Health and Wealth in Africa”

The presentation were categorized as per the sub-themes as follows;

Sub-theme: Status of Dairy Education and Training in Africa
Chair: Dr. Mary Ambula (Kenya)

 
 

Sub-theme: Dairy Education and Training
Chair: Prof. Timothy Gondwe (Malawi)

     

Sub-theme:Case Studies of Competence-Based Curricula in Dairy
Chair: Prof. Serekye Annor (Ghana)

   

Plenary
Chair: Alberto Giani (The Netherlands)

Focus Area
1. What improvements are needed in the current Dairy Education and Training Curricula to prepare for the future of the Dairy Sector in Africa?
2. What is the role of the various stakeholders involved in implementing these improvements?
3. What role should the donor community play in this success?
4. What role should the proposed African Dairy Academy play in advancing Dairy Education and Training?

Presentation of results from group discussion;

1. What improvements are needed in the current Dairy Education and Training Curricula to prepare for the future of the Dairy Sector in Africa?
2. What is the role of the various stakeholders involved in implementing these improvements?
3. What role should the donor community play in this success?
4. What role should the proposed African Dairy Academy play in advancing Dairy Education and Training?

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Renovation of The Milking Palour at Egerton

The Dairy Train Program saw the total and complete renovation of the milking palour at Egerton University.

The palour was in a pathetic condition not forgetting that it was the only and the main milking palour at the University, producing milk for both the University and the surrounding environs.

Being the only milking palour at the University, with the large population of people to be served by the milk produced therein, something really had to be done and it is with a big thank you to the Dairy Train Program for it could not come at a better time.

All corners of the building were painted, better roofing was done, ventilations were inserted too and clear passages for the cows including spacious partitions were created.

All these were done within a span of a very short period of time, and the palour was ready for use in a more better and advanced manner.

It cannot go without saying that the palour has now met the required standards, serving the University and the community at large with ease, with large amounts of milk being produced without delay or failure.

The introduction of technologically advanced machines in the palour has posed as a great advantage to the workers therein; they have something to smile about.

Looking at how work has been made easier for them, they have been enhanced to produce large amounts of milk at a faster speed and rate. They now have the joy and pleasure of serving their customers satisfactorily without any waste of time.

It is evident that they are now enjoying what they are doing more than ever before without complaining.

A state of the art server purchased for Dairy systems

Since the inception of the internet, data management has transitioned from local management on individual devices or computers, to centralized server based systems, well that is where Dairytrain is now!

A state of the art server was purchased for the dairy systems to facilitate quick and easier acess of records and storage.

With the large amounts of records at the dairy this could not come at a better time, because there is nothing as tasky as keeping manual daily dairy records.

This has also enabled the dairy sytem staff to acess certain softwares for enhanced productivity.

Work has been made more interesting just by that.Only one piece of reporting software needs to be updated and maintained and data from all users is stored and benchmarked in one central location.

The server has allowed us to work smarter, faster and less expensively.

It has allowed us to work with little to no writing, receive nearly immediate and more accurate feedback on how the programme is performing, thus enabling us to focus on more timely decision making.

Our cows made comfortable to increase production

The Dairy Train, a program funded by the Netherlands Organization for International Cooperation in Higher Education with its main objective being, capacity building delivering competent graduates for enhanced competitiveness in the dairy value chain in Kenya, facilitated the purchase and delivery of cow mattresses at the zero grazing units on 7th August, 2013.Most dairy farmers when raising their livestock, they are so much and always concerned about their cattle’s wellbeing, about the costs they will incur and the profits they will make from the cattle.Dairy farmers ought to think of ways in which they can keep their animals healthy, save money and increase their profits. They have probably never thought of providing them with rubber mattresses/ flooring.If rubber cattle mats are put, their dairy farms will flourish. There are many benefits that surround the provision of rubber mattresses to cattle.They provide a resilient base below the cow’s front knees to absorb the shock when lying down. Its surface is flexible thus providing optimal traction and confident footing; it offers a high degree of hygiene because it is seamless and does not trap dirt.The mattresses are also waterproof and resilient to manure, urine and micro-organisms; they provide livestock with a proper way in which they have their rest.Proper rest work cumulatively with other factors in the increase of milk production; the excellent insulation factor of the mattresses prevents cold and dampness from the concrete subsurface from reaching the livestock; the mattresses are easy to clean too.

Livestock are very vulnerable to infection. Rubber matting reduces the risk of infection by keeping the livestock barns cleaner. They also make the process of cleaning the barns much easier.

Rubber matting does not soak up urine or food residue, so when rubber flooring is done, disease causing microbes wash right out the door; keeping the livestock healthy.

Reducing infections among livestock not only reduces veterinary bills but keeps the livestock healthy and happy therefore producing more of milk and meat.

Students and Staffs get Laptops and Computers

Under the Dairy Train programme, both students and staffs involved in the

Scholarships award for DTI and Egerton Staff

Getting free money for one’s education is nothing short of a blessing, moreso if you are of an advanced age.

The Dairy Train scholarship has given 7staffs from both EGU and DTI to study in a cost effective manner.

Dairytrain Inception Workshop

The workshop took place at Egerton University.

Representatives

DTI gets networked

The Dairy Training Institute was recently installed with a complete network infrastructure which connects the various buildings in the institution.

A fully networked computer lab for students and staff was also established.

All the offices were also connected with network point for access to the institution’s system and the internet once setup.

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