African Breeders Services Total Cattle Management, Limited (ABS TCM, Ltd., www.abstcm.com) is a distributor for American Breeders Service (ABS Global, www.absglobal.com), a world leader in bovine genetics and artificial breeding technology. ABS TCM, Ltd. partnered with Land O’Lakes, Inc. in the implementation of the recently ended USAID funded Kenya Dairy Development Program. In Kenya, ABS TCM, Ltd.
maintains fully staffed facilities for genetics distribution, liquid nitrogen production and feed analysis laboratory, all backed up with competent teams of milk quality service and nutrition consultants. From this base of excellence, ABS TCM, Ltd expands the adoption of dairy productivity-enhancing technologies; enhances viable business linkages throughout the dairy value chains, from small farmer to end-consumer – including producer and marketing associations; and promotes domestic, regional, and international trade in dairy products. This is accomplished through a market development approach that supports appropriate roles of the public and private sectors in the dairy sector, facilitates commercial provision of dairy-related business services and advocates for policy, regulatory and legal reforms that heighten performance in the sector. ABS TCM utilizes and strengthens local provision of support services and encourages the service providers to adapt to the needs of smallholder dairy farmers. Effective technical assistance is provided to sustainability-oriented organizations and other commercially-oriented actors (e.g. agrovet shops, milk cooling hubs, artificial inseminators, milk processors, trainers, etc) to build their capacity and to encourage a vibrant, competitive and sustainable dairy sector service industry. Valuable dairy inputs are distributed to the farmers through hundreds of private sector-oriented small-scale entrepreneurs. ABS TCM Ltd uses Scalable Embedded Distribution and livelihood Partnership models as part of its grassroots approach to emerging markets. In this manner, ABS TCM, Ltd. avails to smallholder dairy farmers proven genetics, breeding supplies, mastitis prevention and control products, agricultural equipment and agriculture technology that can substantially increase dairy productivity and grow household incomes.