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The Mugie Rangelands and Pastoralists Show 2019: It’s all about being good neighbors

Mugie Ranch held the second Annual Mugie Rangelands and Pastoralists show in June. The show focused on Kenyan livestock economies by promoting awareness of techniques and approaches in sustainable rangeland management, anti-microbial resistance awareness, animal husbandry and pastoral livelihoods in the Northern Rangelands.

This year’s show was very motivating.  Held on 8th of June 2019, the event brought together about 500 participants including exhibitors, pastoralists, and organizations and entities operating in the Northern Rangelands.

Pastoralists brought their livestock to the show, where the Kenya Animal Genetic Resources Centre guided them on how to select the right breeds to keep in rangelands based on the quality of meat, the quantity of milk, and the adaptability of the animals to the rangeland conditions. Champion livestock were recognized and awarded prizes.

This is the second of a fun, annual event that celebrates livestock and the diversity of culture, enabling rural pastoralists to participate in the show because of their proximity. The Rangeland and Pastoralist Show displays the possibilities of improved rangeland management and livestock husbandry and promotes quality over quantity in livestock husbandry, as well as conservation agriculture.

The Rangeland and Pastoralist Show draws from communities in Samburu, Baringo and Laikipia counties. The initiative was started with the aim of sharing new techniques in animal husbandry and rangeland management with pastoralist communities.

This was an opportunity for Laikipia Forum to interact with pastoral communities and all stakeholders. We created awareness on the control and management of invasive species for rangelands improvement, more awareness on the EMU SACCO that promotes water conservation and management within the Ewaso basin, and that bridges the gaps in water conservation financing.

Laikipia County Natural Resources Network (LAICONAR) had the opportunity to lobby for fodder production links between small holders pastoralist, and ranchers; and they interacted with service providers on future linkages. The event included cultural dances and a meat feast, and the celebration ended with participants longing for next year’s event. Many thanks to Mugie Ranch, Laikipia County Government, Kenya Market Trust, and Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) Foundation for  their support of the event.  

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