Lanet

Thematic Research Areas

i)    Breeding Beef cattle
ii)   Pasture and fodder
iii)  Sorghum and Millet
iv)  Social Economics
v)  Outreach and Partnership
vi) Laboratory Services

Location

KALRO-Lanet is situated on latitude 0° 18¢W and longitude 36°09¢E, 1920 metres above sea level in Lanet Location, Dundori Division of Nakuru North Sub County. It is about 16 km South East of Nakuru Municipality and occupies 1,418 hectares of land of which 20% is in ecological zone three and 80% in ecological zone four. The rainfall pattern at Lanet is bimodal with an annual mean of 800mm and a relative humidity of 83%. The mean minimum and maximum temperatures are 10°C and 26°C respectively

Mandate

The Lanet Beef Research Centre was established in April 1969. The national mandate of Lanet Research Centre is the improvement and production of good quality beef cattle for research and development. This mandate is executed through six research programs; Beef, Sorghum and Millet, Pasture and Fodder, Natural Resource Management, Socio-economics and Biometrics, and Technology Packaging and Transfer

On-Going Research

(a) Breeds and Breeding

Pasture Boran Bull and weaners on Natural Pastures in Lanet

(b)  Pasture and fodder development

Beef Research Centre - Lanet generates appropriate and sustainable pasture and fodder management technologies to support livestock production. We undertake research on pastures, forages (both planted and those naturally found in the rangelands) and cost effective feed formulations in support of the beef industry. We have produced and sold 5,000 metric tons of Rhodes grass seed and 35,000 hay bales to farmers for increased livestock production in the Country. Demand for these seeds is currently very high, and therefore, we have increased production threefold at Lanet (Boma Rhodes). Our main customers for Boma Rhodes seeds have been Laikipia, Kajiado, Narok, Kilifi and Makueni counties. These counties are known as major beef production areas.

c)  Brachiaria Grass Research

Rigorous selection of the Brachiaria grass species is ongoing at Lanet and has been subjected to Advanced Yield Trials (AYT). The Brachiaria grass is currently under research before official release and subsequent widespread seed multiplication. The objectives are to produce Brachiaria varieties with superior resilience, high productivity potential and are climate smart that will lead to improved livelihoods for beef farmers. Preliminary research efforts show promise for improved rangeland production in beef cattle systems through development of indigenous Brachiaria grasses based on their superiority in biomass yields/quality considerations and the ability to sustainably utilize natural resources.