A livestock breeders’ show and sale will be held at Jamhuri Park, Nairobi from August 9 to 11.

The event organised by the Livestock Breeders Trust, is expected to attract more than 80 organisations that support the sector.

According to the chairman of the event’s committee, Dr Muchemi Kariuki, the exhibition has been held every two to three years since 1999 and is among the five biggest shows in Africa, exclusively dedicated to livestock and agriculture.

Its objective is to promote the Kenyan industry through exhibition of superior livestock, such as cattle, sheep and goats.

Also on display will be livestock health and nutritional products and modern farming technologies.

“During previous shows we had up to 34,000 people attending, including regular visitors from Ethiopia, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia and South Africa,” said Dr Kariuki.

Key activities expected at the forthcoming show include judging of livestock by international judges, seminars, grand parade of livestock on exhibition and an auction of the finest stud.

LIVESTOCK BREEDERS SHOW TRUST.

The Livestock Breeders Show Trust was set up in 2004 as a Charity to handle the surplus income, if any, generated from the events organized by the Livestock Breeders Shows and Sale Committee.

In the mid-1990s, Mrs. Mary Nevill decided to hold an Holstein-Friesian Show on an annual basis. This in time gave rise to what became known as the Elite Livestock Show, which incorporated other breeds of cattle. The aim of the Show was to display the best of Kenyan Livestock. Unfortunately, the name Elite was misconstrued and the Show name was changed in 2000 to the Livestock Breeders Show & Sale, where cattle and other types of livestock were put on display. Up to 2004 the finances were handled by the Holstein-Friesian Cattle Society but the success of the Show was such that the amounts of money being handled became great enough to justify a managing body and so the Trust was born.

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The Trust was initially set up with founding Trustees representing, the Kenya Holstein-Friesian Cattle Society, the Boran Cattle Breeders Society, the Ayrshire Cattle Breeders Society and the Jersey Cattle Society of Kenya. Brookside Dairy Ltd., who has been the title sponsor of the Shows and some of the Seminars, were then invited to appoint a Trustee.

The aims of the Trust are to promote the breeding of quality livestock within Kenya. In order to do this, the Trust works closely with the Kenya Livestock Breeders Organization, which is another body owned by the Breed Societies. Funds have to date been disbursed to the KLBO and the individual breed societies to support various projects which are felt will be beneficial to livestock breeding in the country.

The Trustees are most grateful for the support given to us by all our Show and Seminar Sponsors, large and small, and for the continued enthusiasm of our livestock exhibitors who excel year by year, thus showcasing the best of Kenya’s livestock genetics.

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