About: Moiben Dairy Farm (MDF)
MDF was started a few years ago from scratch, by the directors of MDL, on land that was initially utilized for grain farming. The project was started as a hobby by P.K. Murgor, who had over the years come to recognize the dwindling output from grain farming in the region, mainly due to soils that had turned acidic due to unchecked use of artificial fertilizers.
However the challenge faced in setting up a dairy farm was that Kenya’s pedigree dairy herd had been seriously depleted, following the near collapse of the dairy sector in the country. At the same time the agricultural sector in general, was in the same state of disability, mainly on account of the high cost of inputs, and agricultural finance.Philip was not to be deterred by the challenges, and designed a dairy farm, with the assistance of friends, and consultants to name a few: the late Kiplagat Kogos, Nathaniel Makone and Christopher Chirchir, who were able to grasp the concept of a modern dairy farm built out of the cheapest possible material, and refurbished machinery.
The concept was based on a zero, and semi-zero grazing model. Several years later, MDF has become a model farm and one of the leading dairy breeding farms in Kenya for holstein and jersey cattle, and attracts visitors from all over the country due to its unique concept and model. The Government of Kenya through its national and county officials have used MDF to demonstrate what determination, and a clear vision can achieve. The long term strategy of MDL is to grow its herd to 1000 holstein, and offer at least 100 heifers annually to the market. It is also building up a jersey herd to improve its average butterfat content in its milk production.