The cooperatives are highly motivated to further develop their business practices. That’s why their dairy specialists also participated in the training sessions that week. “In two and a half days, I taught 8 farmers and 14 dairy specialists the basics of working with key figures, encouraged them to use this new technique and stimulated them to think practically about what they’re doing: you have a certain amount of land, so how many cows could you logically keep? The land, which is used very intensively, is the limiting factor.”
The basis of the process in Kenya is no different than here in a modern company with 500 cows. “Cows smell the same wherever you go. Also in Kenya, cows need to be well fed, get pregnant in time and stay healthy. And you need to know what the input is and if there’s enough coming back”, says Herman.