Premier Nutrition, a specialist animal nutrition business within AB Agri, has launched its pioneering dairy Transition Management System (TMS) in Kenya. The company aims to support farmers there to improve cow management and nutrition to increase performance during the transition period.
Kate Robinson, Premier Nutrition’s international business manager, says that the company is working with the Kenya based animal health and nutrition distributor Vital Animal Health, which operates throughout sub-Saharan Africa.
“By implementing a proven technology such as TMS, and applying our expertise and support, we aim to help Vital’s customers to generate efficiencies while improving animal health and productivity during the critical transition period,” she says.
Ms Robinson points out that Kenya has one of the largest, most sophisticated dairy industries in Africa, and produces approximately five billion litres of milk every year. “We hope that the Kenyan dairy industry can act as a trailblazer for other African nations, by demonstrating what’s possible through enhanced monitoring and analysis.”
During the implementation process, Ms Robinson, alongside Premier Nutrition’s ruminant director Dr Andrew Pine, provided training to the Vital team, and gave them the skills and knowledge to collect data on customer farms for a TMS report. She comments: “The Vital team will collect data over the next six months and give insight into transition performance. Full analysis and recommendations will then be carried out by our UK-based team of expert nutritionists in the autumn.”
Dr Andrew Pine explains that the Premier team will review the datapoints before giving tailored advice for Vital to share with its customers. “This information will be used to make recommendations to help farmers reach optimum performance in their herd’s next lactation cycle,” he states.
In time, and with support and further training from Premier, the Vital assessors will become self-sufficient in using the system and will review and interpret the data in-house. “We hope that TMS can be rolled out to our customers globally, to advance industries across the world, optimising performance through education and knowledge sharing,” concludes Dr Pine.