Registration of animals is carried out by the Breed Societies through the Kenya Livestock Breeders Organization (KLBO), which is the secretariat to these breed societies.
- These Breed Societies include for cattle Friesian, Ayrshire, Jersey, Guernsey and Boran among others. The Breed societies train their own inspectors to know the standards of their breeds.
- The Inspectors are then mandated to inspect and register those animals for their particular Breed.
How is Registration Done?
- Interested farmer/s go to the Livestock Production officer nearest to him/her
- The Livestock Production officer directs the farmer to an accredited inspector of that breed.
- The inspector visits the farmer to inspect the animal(s) for registration.
- The inspector, on arrival, inspects and asks for breeding records to ascertain the breed type and parentage.
- If the animal(s) fits the breed characteristic and is true to type, then the Inspector grades and fills the application form(s) as follows:-
- An animal which is true to type but with no parental records is registered as a foundation.
- An animal which is true to type and with parental records (a foundation mother and father who is at pedigree level) is registered as an intermediate.
- An animal which is true to type and with parental records (grand parents, intermediate mother and father who is of pedigree origin) is registered as an appendix. At this level, for cattle the farmer is supposed to have a herd prefix which is the name of the farm in which the animal is reared.
- In dairy cattle, the farmer has to start and continue milk recording in all other levels for onward progression to higher levels of registration. Reporting Milk recording refers to reporting of milk records taken on the 5th day after calving and 14th evening and 15th morning milk of every month. The dry date and the last day milk yield should also be recorded and submitted to KSB to determine production for that lactation period.
- An animal which is true to type and with parental records (great grand parents, appendix mother and father who is of pedigree origin) is registered as a pedigree. Males are registered only at Pedigree level. Milk at this level should be tested to analyze all the contents such as Butterfat, protein level, minerals and vitamins.