Avonteur Jerseys of the past - Kenya
The Avonteur Story gives a complete account of the
origins of the name "Avonteur" and the Avonteur herds in both Kenya and Jersey.
This page contains links to some of the individual members of the Avonteur Herd in Kenya, which comprised of a select pedigree Jersey herd (numbering 20 at its
peak), and the main herd of around 400 head. The main herd consisted of many different breeds of animals, but was mainly Ayrshire, Guernsey,
Jersey and Sahiwal based. The system operated was "dairy ranching" with extensive grazing for the few months of the year that grass grew in the hostile
climate experienced in the Thika area of Kenya. At other times of the year, a cut-and-cart system prevailed with forage crops grown on the farm
as well as on neighbouring holdings, and the use of pineapple waste as a major staple diet when crops failed due to prolonged drought. No
concentrate feed was fed to the main herd.
The Jersey herd had access to a limited amount of irrigated pasture, forage crops and pineapple waste throughout the year, and was fed
concentrates when these were available.
Members of the herd were exhibited at regional and national shows from 1970 to 1976, and considerable success was achieved during that relatively short period,
especially by the Jerseys.
The Jersey herd
The Main herd