Livestock and Livestock Products
Kenya has a thriving livestock industry and is exporting products in all the sub-sectors within the sector.

Dairy and Dairy Products
Kenya has one of the largest and most developed dairy sector industry in the Sub Sahara Africa producing world-class high quality dairy products. Kenya has an estimated population of 3.3 million pure breed dairy animals. The total milk production is approximately 2.8 billion litres per annum, of which 1.3 billion litres representing 60% is from grade dairy cattle and their crosses.  Zebu cattle contribute 40% of the total cattle milk production. The milk industry is dominated by the small scale producers who account for 80% of the dairy industry’s output.  This production exceeds the domestic consumption with the surplus being exported to the regional markets.

There are over 50 private and dairy co-operative processors licensed by the Kenya Dairy Board to process and market milk and milk products both in the Kenya and export markets. The active processors are 34. These processors have an installed processing capacity of 2.4 million litres a day but is currently handling slightly over I million litres a day. Dairy Products exported include skimmed milk, long life milk, butter, ghee, yoghurt, dry milk and occasionally cheese.

Beef and Beef Products
Kenya has an estimated population of 9.7 million beef cattle from which beef and beef products are produced. Beef and beef products exported from Kenya include chilled beef in bone and boneless steak, value added beef and pork products such as bacon, ham, sausages, etc. The major markets for the beef products include the regional markets (Uganda and Tanzania), COMESA (Democratic republic of Congo, Mauritius, Madagascar, etc) and United Arab Emirates among other markets.
The re-opening of the Kenya Meat Commission (KMC) is bound to further enhance the development of the beef industry.
Leather and Leather Products
In Kenya, bulk of the conventional leather production is accounted for by just three species namely cattle hides (account for 70% of all leather manufactured), sheep skins (20%) and goat skin (10%). Other less significant sources include calf, lamb and kid skins, fish, buffalo hides, ostrich skin, crocodile and pig skins.
Kenya has a thriving tanning industry with 14 functioning tanneries with an installed capacity of handling 3.3 million hides and 8.3 million skins. Products produced under this category include wet blue and tanned leather. Kenya manufactures varied leather goods including footwear, handbags, belts, etc. Most of these are exported to Uganda, Tanzania, COMESA, USA, EU, etc

Live Animals
Kenya has a thriving livestock industry, which is one of the largest and most developed in the Sub Sahara Africa. Because of this relatively advanced development Kenya exports live animals (goats, camels and dairy breeding stocks) to the regional markets and Middle East. Live animals to the regional markets are for breeding purposes. Regional markets comprise of Uganda, Tanzania, Sudan, Ethiopia, Zambia, etc. Exports to the Middle East are normally for slaughter. The peak for exports is normally during the religious ceremonies and the pilgrimage.
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