For the past ten years, Hamish Grant has been using imported semen from VikingGenetics on his herd to breed heifers more suitable to the African terrain and conditions.
Gogar Farms Ltd is based at Rongai, in the Rift Valley, and employs over 100 people. The farm is over 100 years in operation and extends to 1,600 hectares.
Hamish explains the business model the farm operates and his breeding policies to achieve the right animals for his customers, saying: “Initially, we ran Ayrshire cattle on the farm, but since the mid-1990s, we switched to Holstein Friesian, which now makes up over 90% of the herd.”
Hamish’s primary business is breeding heifers to sell to customers across eastern Africa, meaning milk is more of a by-product for him. “We normally run around 500 cows with a total herd count of over 1,400 animals, including heifer replacements and young stock,” he explains.