In March of 2011, we sold eight of our aging oxen that had been used for ploughing. With that money we bought two young pair of oxen, three holstein cows, and built a structure that can hold up to eight zero-grazing milking cows.
To make this happen, we will need to fill our barn with five additional cows, add a forage chopper (in order to maintain a zero-grazing feeding system), and purchase stainless steel milking buckets and necessary filters to ensure good sanitation. Eventually, we would like to produce enough milk to sell added value products such as yogurt and cheese.
At the Jinja farm show this July, we talked with representatives from Heifer International about possibilities of strategically teaming up with them for additional animals and completing a methane extractor that could provide bio-gas for lanterns and cooking. This will also be pursued in 2012.