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One on one with the Kenyan farmer formulating organic feeds for livestock

  • By Vivian Kwame
  • October 30, 2020
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A healthy food chain begins at the farm. Organic feeds provide all the nutritional value without all the harmful chemicals, hormones and fillers commonly found in non-organic feeds.

Summeat Enterprises believes in developing and implementing modern formulated organic feeds in their feedlots to ensure that their produce has great quality meat that is tender and rich in all nutrients and taste for their consumer.

We reached out to Faith Munini, the director at Summeat Enterprises, who shed more light on their business and as well as the market at large.

  1. Tell us about more about Summeat Enterprises

Summeat Enterprise is a livestock keeping and trading business. We buy livestock, fatten them then sell them to slaughterhouses around Kenya. We have a feedlot where we keep the livestock for a specific period of time under a feeding program on specially formulated animal feeds to provide them with an environment best suited for them.

  1. Which is the process of formulating your organic feeds?

 To ensure that the livestock reach the desired weight, we work closely with a veterinary to come up with the formulation for the feeds. It is a long process for one to get the right feed and for every farm that has a feedlot or ranch they normally have their own specific formula to suit their desired feed.

  1. What is this process of livestock keeping?

We have a system in which, when the bulls are received at the farm, they go through an induction process where they are treated and put in our online system. This allows us to monitor their progress from the moment we receive them to when they are delivered to the buyers.

  1. What makes your products different from the others?

 I believe our processes set us apart. Right from the start, the sourcing of the livestock, the induction into our systems, the type of formula we use for our feeds, all ensure that we have excellent quality of produce.

  1. How is the market response?

The market has been great and we have not had any complaints from clients about the quality of our livestock.

  1. What has been your experience so far in the business?

Livestock business is quite unique, in that you only work with a select group of people who you sell your produce to. It does not have many complications.

  1. Who is your target audience?

 Our main customers are slaughterhouses and high-end meat distributors.

  1. How has Covid-19 affected your business?

We have faced a few challenges, for example a reduction in sales because slaughterhouses have reduced the number of animals they purchase.

  1. Any other Challenges that you face?

Fluctuating prices. The market has not been standardized yet and so the price of goods today will be the same tomorrow.

  1. How does the future look like for your business?

 I hope that we will be able to work towards standardization in the industry more so in regards to prices. This will make the industry more lucrative. Also, since we are now part of the AgriBiz programm, we look forward to more technical support, market linkages and even financing so that we may continue to expand.

This article was first published on the Live Green magazine October issue, available on> https://issuu.com/kenyaclimateinnovationcenter/docs/live_green