The Best Tropical Dairy Cows

This cow produced 22,798 liters of milk in 365 days! Not in the USA or cold Europe, but in a tropical country just like Kenya. This lactation record equals an impressive and unbelievable lactation average of over 62 liters of milk per day! Welcome to this “seeing is believing” picture show through the fantastic and fascinating world of true tropical dairy cattle.

"Quartinha Terra Vermelha" 

22,798 liters in 365 days

Breed: Girolando (50% Gir, 50% Holstein)

 

 

 

“Zebu” cattle, also known as “Bos Indicus” or simply humped cattle originally came from the Indian subcontinent but they and their crossbreds (hybrids with cattle of European origin) are now found all over the tropical and subtropical areas of the world. Through thousands of years of natural evolution and selection they optimally adapted to the hot tropical environment they were born into. Their main characteristics are a huge fatty hump on either their neck or shoulder, large and drooping ears, much skin under their necks and a prominent dewlap and navel flap. The sheath in males and the udder in females may be quite large and pendulous. Their hair is very short and the skin oily which helps in repelling external parasites. They are extremely heat tolerant and resistant to many diseases and internal parasites.  Our local breeds of cattle, the Boran and Small East African Zebu, are pure Bos Indicus breeds.

Zebu cattle are commonly not believed to be prolific milkers. On the contrary, many potential dairy farmers shy away from buying animals with even the slightest indication of having a hump, too much skin along the neck or a prominent navel flap.

Since colonial times many farmers believe that the only “true” dairy animals are cattle of European origin, for example Holsteins, Ayrshires or Jerseys as described in "important breeds of dairy cattle", "New breed of dairy cattle" and "Fleckvieh impressions".

Unknown to the majority of Kenyan farmers there are pure Bos Indicus breeds of dairy cattle that are easily capable of out-producing even the best of our European type cows (to my knowledge there are only very few purebred Holstein cows in Kenya that have produced over 11,000 liters of milk in one lactation and possibly none that has produced beyond 12,000 liters, which would equal a lactation average of 40 liters per day).

As pictures can replace a thousand words please enjoy the following line-up of some of the world´s greatest purebred Bos Indicus dairy cows, some of which are past World Record holders (as far as 20 years ago), others are World Record holders of the present. Most of these records were achieved in lactations of between 305 and 365 days, others are lactation averages.

For much more information about a crossbreeding program in Kenya involving Gir dairy cattle please click here.  

 

"Profana de Brasilia"

17,182 liters

Breed: Gir

"Proteina de Brasilia"

16,784 liters

Breed: Gir

"Luziada de Brasilia"

15,388 liters

Breed: Gir

"Oferenda"

15,260 liters

Breed: Gir

"Nata Lageado"

15,126 liters

Breed: Gir

"Nascente"

14,230 liters

Breed: Gir

"Palestra"

13,875 liters

Breed: Gir

"Dafar"

13,345 liters

Breed: Gir

"Garbha dos Pocoes"

12,463 liters

Breed: Gir

 

"Madre Badajos"

12,412 liters

Breed: Gir

"Soberana de Brasilia"

11,790 liters

Breed: Gir

"Amazona"

11,461 liters in 1st. Lactation

Breed: Gir

"C.A. Heureca"

10,446 liters

Breed: Gir

"Fecula Mutum"

16,618 liters

52.8 liters per day lactation average

2011 World Record Holder

Breed: Gir

"Via Jmma"

49.4 liters per day lactation average

World Record Heifer

Breed: Gir

"Anaflora"

49 liters per day lactation average

Breed: Gir

 

"Fita Mutum"

48 liters per day lactation average

Breed: Gir

"Esfera"

47 liters per day lactation average

Breed: Gir

"Barbara"

10,846 liters

Breed: Guzerat

 

"Bonanca"

9,071 liters

Breed: Guzerat

"Tulha Taboquinha"

36.5 liters per day lactation average

Breed: Guzerat

 

 


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Makitosha
-2 # Makitosha 2013-06-03 10:08
What breed is "Girolando"?
Girolando (Gir-Holando, which is Portuguese for Holstein) is a newly developed composite breed. The aim is at stabilizing it at 5/8 Holstein and 3/8 Gir genetics. It is being developed by a joint effort of Brazilian dairy farmers and their government. Girolando account for about 80% of all milk produced in Brazil.
"MAGIC" is being developed to become a Kenyan composite breed not unlike Girolando.
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Kirui
0 # Kirui 2013-06-14 15:26
Which farm in Kenya is carrying out the development of the new breed? And can farmers be assisted to buy
them?
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Mr Cheruiyot
0 # Mr Cheruiyot 2016-01-27 16:26
This is a wonderful work. Which farm can I visit and buy one.
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fukuza umasikini
-1 # fukuza umasikini 2015-03-13 14:22
Amazing!! Thanks for the good work you are doing. Ho
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makumbi
0 # makumbi 2016-04-07 05:13
please can get the sexed semen for the girolando?
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makumbi
0 # makumbi 2016-04-07 05:14
please can i get the sexed semen for the girolando
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Bob
-1 # Bob 2013-06-15 07:35
These are amazing breeds of cattle. Never thought local cattle can produce so much milk.
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christine
+1 # christine 2013-06-17 16:32
Where can I purchase one of this type?
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rubaakad@gmail.com
0 # rubaakad@gmail.com 2014-01-20 15:26
[quote name="DAVID RUBAAKA"]Where can I purchase ten dairy girolando breed of this type my mobile no +256702946278 from uganda.
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Ofisa
0 # Ofisa 2014-03-31 10:59
Hi Christine,

Am a young person interested in this business of dairy cows. Did you manage by any chance to secure any. If so please guide me.

Regards,
Chris
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Makitosha
+2 # Makitosha 2013-06-19 16:27
Unfortunately the very first batch of "Gir" semen only arrived in Kenya about two and a half years ago, so no 50% Gir cross cows are available for sale yet. Those born will be utilized as foundation for developing the MAGIC breed. "MAGIC 50" semen and bulls will hopefully soon become available, I will post updated information as soon as possible.
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DGHIUHU
-3 # DGHIUHU 2013-07-29 17:57
i need breed that can fit laikipia climatic condition
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rashma
-1 # rashma 2013-09-08 19:38
:cry: not that interesting
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Ronan
0 # Ronan 2013-11-13 20:40
great collection
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maritim
0 # maritim 2013-11-27 12:18
iam excited where can i get these breeds.
i want to start the farming.
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Kirathe Gachau
+1 # Kirathe Gachau 2013-12-09 23:01
There is this saying...."Seeing is Believing".!

Just take a trip to Malindi and see for youself the true magic 50 breed for Africa..

Let talk of a true duly purpose breed for this country....bila stress ya management..

These heifer i saw are quite adorable indeed when they placed nxt to our common european breeds.
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kipchumba
0 # kipchumba 2014-03-05 13:46
hallo bro im a small scale farmer kindly inform me which farm in malindi is the breed found pliz.
thanks
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Phoebe
+2 # Phoebe 2015-06-08 00:18
Where in Malindi? Contacts?
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Grace
+1 # Grace 2015-06-12 10:47
Quoting Kirathe Gachau:
There is this saying...."Seeing is Believing".!please direct me how to get contact for the Malindi place. I am very interested. Quoting Kirathe Gachau:
There is this saying...."Seeing is Believing".!

Just take a trip to Malindi and see for youself the true magic 50 breed for Africa..

Let talk of a true duly purpose breed for this country....bila stress ya management..

These heifer i saw are quite adorable indeed when they placed nxt to our common european breeds.



Just take a trip to Malindi and see for youself the true magic 50 breed for Africa..

Let talk of a true duly purpose breed for this country....bila stress ya management..

These heifer i saw are quite adorable indeed when they placed nxt to our common european breeds.
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George Wachiuri
0 # George Wachiuri 2014-01-05 09:35
How can one get such? I do not mind it our project is in Kieni, central kenya
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Fred   Kamuntu
0 # Fred Kamuntu 2014-02-21 05:41
Excited about different breeds of cows. Would like to cross breed my fresian cows with 50% gir and 50% Hoslstein to get atleast 60 liters or more per dy. Please advise .My firm is in Uganda with 10 fresian cows
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Jentrice
0 # Jentrice 2014-04-16 15:22
Fred Kamutu, r u sure thse cows in UG pdce 60 litres per day, how much do ur cows cost ? Id like 2 buy one
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amejo
0 # amejo 2014-06-17 18:37
why FAO OR ILRI Multiple and distribute these breeds to smallholder producers in highland regions of SSA?
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gibson  walutiila
+1 # gibson walutiila 2014-09-14 09:26
is it possible to buy semen of Gir through
ua farm

GIBSON
KITALE
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Makumbi
-1 # Makumbi 2015-12-29 20:04
Please how much can I buy the Ai for the girolando do u have the semen
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makumbi
0 # makumbi 2016-04-07 05:24
am in uganda did you et the girolando semen sexed or un sexed?
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mutulachaka@yahoo.com
0 # mutulachaka@yahoo.com 2014-11-03 16:34
I need to know where I can buy this cross breed.
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Wassey Lomi
0 # Wassey Lomi 2015-02-07 12:06
Hiya there. What's up with the thread. Can Sylvia please update on this important topic for Africans? Please don't let this thread die. We need updates to build an interest group that can spur the producers to put in more effort. This is a very good project. I'd like to see it succeed. Working for a development institution if I get more information I'm sure I can help the team secure more funding.
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Makitosha
0 # Makitosha 2015-03-17 09:21
Thank you very much for your comment! Sorry, the thread got entangled in Kenyan bureaucracy and politics, but we are back on track now. Stay tuned, something very exciting is coming up real soon… And yes, we greatly suffer financial constraints, which have so far hindered a further importation of more Gir genetics. Unfortunately we receive no external funding whatsoever. Any support would be greatly appreciated! :lol:
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JOSEPH MNKANDE
-1 # JOSEPH MNKANDE 2015-06-10 08:34
I am in tanzania so how can i get such type of cattle .plse let me know the total price for each one. thank you
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JOSEPH MNKANDE
0 # JOSEPH MNKANDE 2015-06-10 08:35
I am in tanzania so how can i get such type of cattle .plse let me know the total price for each one. thank you
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Osay
0 # Osay 2015-06-25 09:30
Hey,
Is this for real? Why can't we get the address or contact of this place in Malindi where we can go see for ourselves? That's the only way we can get people to contribute to fund the development. I suggest you post the address of this farm so that people can go see, take pics and post them. As one poster said "seeing is truly believing"
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Makitosha
0 # Makitosha 2015-07-18 10:42
Please you can find our full contact details here:
www.makitosha.com/contact.htm
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Syed Nurus Salam
0 # Syed Nurus Salam 2015-10-29 18:48
Sir, I am from Bangladesh, I am interested to visit your firm, Please sir would you give your full address or location, We are new, never com India. Please sir give your firm Address detailed. Thanks
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Makitosha
0 # Makitosha 2015-11-04 13:22
We presently have got a really nice "Girolando" type young bull and several other MAGIC50 and MAGIC25 breeding bulls for sale. For more details please consult our farm blog makitosha.blogspot.de/ or contact us through our web-site contact page www.makitosha.com/contact.htm
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joseph
0 # joseph 2015-12-31 20:52
I have a fifty percent fleckivieh breeder cross breed bull acclamatized for semi arid areas...234 kg at one and a half years for sale. Suitable for on farm breeding in semi arid areas. Kshs 100,000
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0 # Syed Nurus Salam 2016-01-03 09:15
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I am from Bangladesh, This is the best variety of Indian Cows GIR, That have interested I am, If possible have to sell Milking cow GIR, then please inform me sir, any farmer, any person, any country have to interested this Special GIR please contract to me. Thanks.
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Joseph Muchene
0 # Joseph Muchene 2016-03-10 12:06
Hi, we have been working with Makitosha farm and we are happy to say we are helping Sylvia distribute some of the Magic 50 semen. Kindly call 0712495923 to find your local distributor or to arrange to get this awesome oppotunity. The semen is available to all parts of Kenya
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I have been searching for such Tropical Dairy Cow. How can I buy three ( 2 females and 1 male) within 45 days? Contact of serious suppliers and / or sellers?
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Robert Muchina
0 # Robert Muchina 2017-01-15 19:32
This is Robert,I want to bring the Girolando and Giro dairy Semen and Sexed Semen to Kenya. All i want to know what part of Kenya your from,what type of semen , sexed or not. Kindly get in touch , or 0731417102/ 0701110027
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