Location and Size:
The Centre is owned by Agricultural Development Corporation and is located 17 Kms from Kitale Town along Endebbes-Kitale road. It is on 100 acre land carved out of ADC Sabwani Farm overlooking Mt Elgon.
The Centre is enclosed by a double chain-link perimeter fence ,and a biosafety main gate with restricted entry for vehicles and visitors.
Three quarters of the Centre is under fodder for the bulls and an irrigation system is being set up to use roof catchment water to irrigate the fodder.
The Centre was constructed and equipped from May 2014 -July 2017 through a National Government Grant to ADC. From October 2017 to March 2018 the Centre recruited technical staff and trained them in biosafety measures and operation of Laboratory equipment. The Centre was licensed by the Director of Veterinary Services as a semen production and distribution facility on 30th May 2018 and started semen production on 8th June and semen distribution on 9th July 2018.
The Centre has had remarkable growth in number of bulls, semen and Liquid Nitrogen sales and production of fodder. To date the centre has recruited a total of 43 bulls of which 15 are imported from South Africa and 28 are locally recruited from reputable, registered breeders of various breed across the country.
Objective of Centre
ADC is mandated by the Act of Parliament Cap 444 to produce and disseminate agricultural inputs which includes crop and livestock seeds.
ADC Semen Production Centre aims at producing quality livestock genetics(with particular emphasis on cattle) to complement local supplies and provide diversity all geared towards increased uptake of AI Services and improved dairy and beef productivity.
To realize these objectives the Centre is working closely with breeding institutions, Product distributors , County Governments and Farmers in bull recruitment, marketing and sales , advisory and extension services.
The Centre has a Prequarantine where newly recruited bulls are held observed and sampled for breeding and other diseases.The bulls in production are kept in the main quarantine compound where they also undergo training to mount.
Our labolatory is equipped with state of the art modern equipment for semen collection, evaluation straw printing ,filling and sealing equipment with capacity to hygienically process 5,000 semen straws per hour.
The Centre also has a fully equipped Conference and Catering facility to cater for 50 participants and has been host to an African Bovine Reproductive Workshop last October 3 National workshops and many local seminars.
Product range and availability
Our bulls are recruited from reputable, recording and registering Breeders with the needs of our small holder and large scale farmers in mind .Emphasis has been laidin recruiting bulls that will impact good production,type,functional , health and longevity traits on their progenies.
The Centre currently has over 250,000 doses of Friesian,Ayrshire ,Jersey and Boran in stock and is in the process of appointing Agents to distribute these stock and more to come at affordable cost to Arm Length Service Providers and Farmers.We shall be seeking feedback on the effectiveness and fertility of our bull semen through direct contact with Agents ,Arm length service providers ,County Veterinary and Animal Production Staff as well as visiting Farmers using our genetics to discuss accessibility and performance.
We also have a modern liquid nitrogen plant which is producing liquid nitrogen for use in our laboratory and surplus for sale Agents at affordable cost.
In line with our Marketing and Extension Strategy we shall be visiting the various Counties using our products to train Arm Length Service Providers and Farmers on efficient , effective service delivery and good husbandry practices.
We also intend to start stocking quality A.I equipment(liquid nitrogen containers,AI Guns,Socks,Forces, Goblets)and livestock extension materials in the next 3 months.
For Further information please find contacts below:
Contact Persons: Dr Muchemi Kariuki-Manager Dr J.Kathoka Musee-Senior Technical Officer
ADC Livestock Genetics Centre -Excellence in Breeding