The Livestock Breeders Show Trust was set up in 2004 as a Charity to handle the surplus income, if any, generated from the events organized by the Livestock Breeders Shows and Sale Committee.
In the mid-1990s, Mrs. Mary Nevill decided to hold an Holstein-Friesian Show on an annual basis. This in time gave rise to what became known as the Elite Livestock Show, which incorporated other breeds of cattle. The aim of the Show was to display the best of Kenyan Livestock. Unfortunately, the name Elite was misconstrued and the Show name was changed in 2000 to the Livestock Breeders Show & Sale, where cattle and other types of livestock were put on display. Up to 2004 the finances were handled by the Holstein-Friesian Cattle Society but the success of the Show was such that the amounts of money being handled became great enough to justify a managing body and so the Trust was born.
The Trust was initially set up with founding Trustees representing, the Kenya Holstein-Friesian Cattle Society, the Boran Cattle Breeders Society, the Ayrshire Cattle Breeders Society and the Jersey Cattle Society of Kenya. Brookside Dairy Ltd., who has been the title sponsor of the Shows and some of the Seminars, were then invited to appoint a Trustee.
The aims of the Trust are to promote the breeding of quality livestock within Kenya. In order to do this, the Trust works closely with the Kenya Livestock Breeders Organization, which is another body owned by the Breed Societies. Funds have to date been disbursed to the KLBO and the individual breed societies to support various projects which are felt will be beneficial to livestock breeding in the country.
The Trustees are most grateful for the support given to us by all our Show and Seminar Sponsors, large and small, and for the continued enthusiasm of our livestock exhibitors who excel year by year, thus showcasing the best of Kenya’s livestock genetics.
- Dr. Muchemi Kariuki – Ayrshire Cattle Breeders Society of Kenya
- Mr. Teurie Van Helden – Kenya Holstein Friesian Breeders Society
- Mr. Cleopas Wahome – Dorper Sheep Society of Kenya
- Mrs. Carol Rees – Jersey Cattle Breeders Society of Kenya