The County Government of Nyandarua today launched special breeds of sheep for distribution to farmers’ groups- free of charge- to help improve the quality of existing stocks. Nyandarua Governor H.E. Daniel Waithaka Mwangi handed over the 25 rams to farmers co-operatives drawn from all the 25 wards in the county. Two types of rams, Corriedale and Dorper were given out to the farmers. Corriedale rams weigh between 60-100 kilograms each and can produce an average of 8kg of wool per annum.
The breed matures at 8-14 months compared to the current breeds in the market which takes up to two years to mature.Corriedale breeds are suitable for cold areas, mainly in the southern part of the county and parts of Ol’Kalou and Ol’joro-Orok sub-counties. On the other hand, dorper breeds are suitable in dry areas- mainly parts of Ndaragwa and Kipipiri sub-counties. The animal weighs an average of 50-60 kgs and matures at 8-14 months.
While handing over the animals in Ol’Kalou town, the Governor advised the farmers’ groups to take good care of the animals and avoid in-breeding. He said each group will be allowed to keep the ram for a period of one to two years before the animal is replaced with a different ram to avoid in-breeding.
The Governor urged beneficiaries to take good care of the rams and avoid exposing them to rain or hostile weather.
The Governor appealed to individuals wishing to own the rams to register with the Department of Agriculture which will make arrangements to import the breeds on their behalf.
The function was witnessed Agriculture CEC Hon. Agatha Thuo, the Chief Officer Dr. Daniel Gikaara, MCAs Hon. Michael Kirumba (Kipipiri), Hon. KImani Njiraini (Kaimbaga), Hon. Joseph Mumba (Wanjohi), Hon. Wahome Kamoche (Rurii), Hon.David Ndirangu (Mirangine) and Hon. Daniel Kibebo (Gathaara)