We are encouraging the local people to invest in cattle and there are a few small herds in the area. As part of our motivation, we introduced the “borrow-a-bull “program.
Within this program the cattle owners can come and borrow some of our bred bulls to cover their cattle. This goes a long way to help improve the local genetics.
As part of the program, we offer to buy back the off-springs of our bulls, to help the people with their cash-flow. They prefer keeping the heifers, but the we often buy back the bull calves.
It is a simple model that has no direct cost implication to the project apart from the risk of our bulls falling prey to wild animals or contracting a disease. As small risk to take considering the impact it has on the development of relationships.