DairyBiss had successfully conducted its second gender study workshop.


On the 14th & 15th  of December DairyBiss successfully conducted its second workshop focused on Gender study ,its main goals being to promote gender equality ,to find results it was conducted by the means of focus group discussions and also used data presentation and analysis at the ambassador hotel in Adiss Abeba.

The almost full day workshop program was conducted by Dr Hirut Haile, Abebe Tessema, Suzan v/d Linden ,a data analyst by the name of Gizaw Legese was there to give a presentation and  had participants of about thirteen DariyBiss advisors and  Mr. J.W.Nibbering from the Royal Dutch embassy also participated ,their main general  focus being on the development of Gender equality with in DairyBiss.


Work shop being conducted.

Explanation being given

Certificate being awarded to the advisors that contributed.

Certificate being awarded to the advisors that contributed.

There focus was on key ideas and goals such as –

-The evaluation which is mostly qualitative data and its collection process.

-Presentation of data, overall and per milk shed

-Validation of the data and what the data tell them.

-What are the gender focal points for the advisory work in DairyBiss?

-Which issues they need to be researched further?

-How to return study results to the involved farms, as they are the owners of this information?

The meeting lasted for two days and before its conclusion collected and displayed and dealt with many of the critical and important data with the help of the advisors and helpful suggestions and opinions were also shared by the participants, they also discussed important plans for the future. Finally they were given certificates for their efforts by Mr.J.W.Nibbering.

DairyBISS has successfully conducted its 4th Dairy Business Platform on breeding.

On the 19th of December 2017, DairyBISS has successfully conducted its 4th platform on breeding specifically on improving private AI service to commercial dairy farms, at the Ambassadors hotel in Addis Ababa.

The meeting aims to bring together stakeholders in Ethiopia dairy sector to discuss on improved dairy fertility management with specific focus commercial dairy farm and effective private AI services provision that is playing a vital role in fertility management and breeding in the country. The meeting was ended with an advice to government in dairy breeding strategy development as well as representatives of development partners including DairyBISS on best steps forward to support efforts for realization of improve breeding for dairy production in Ethiopia.

The platform involved over 30 participants including commercial dairy farms, private AI service provider companies, private AI technicians, government and development partners.

Three presentations were conducted, the first presentation which was made by  Dr. Dereje director of Ethiopia National Artificial Insemination Center is focused on  AI service provision from experiences. NAIC. He briefly explained challenges and opportunities in management on dairy farm. The second presentation was made by Dr. Emiru Zewede, CEO ALPPIS (Addis Livestock production and Productivity Improvement Service). He shared the experience of his company  challenges and opportunities in providing AI services for dairy farms. The third presentation was on experiences of commercial dairy farms by Wondriad Abraham Chair of commercial Dairy Producer Association tried to assess AI services and challenges and opportunities in building the future generation of dairy cows.

Meeting being conducted.

Meeting being conducted.

Explanation being given on the benefit of AI and Q&A session.

Explanation being given on the benefit of AI and Q&A session.


Following the presentation the Q&A session was going: the main issues are about quality of semen and its performance,   accessing services by the commercial farms which consider their needs and priorities, accessing information on AI, level of accountability by AI services providers, efficiency of AI Service provider and situation they operate


The platform shared and received various relates ideas and concepts and questions related to the topic from the participants and discussed certain solutions.  Further strategies and plans were also conducted before the conclusion of the meeting.

  • There is a need to support private AI technicians in regards to business development and technical issues that aims to address their limitation to deliver the AI service efficiently and effectively.
  • There is a need to engage in improving the genetic pool of the country that create an opportunity for commercial dairy farms to access quality semen and diversified genetic sources in the total characteristics index. Note currently the private sector have capacity to supply 50,000+ dose while NAIC supply 1,000,000+ dose.
  • There is need to set (PPP) public private partnership to attain the set goal of genetic improvement strategy
  • There is need to work on supporting the ministry on some specific details of breeding policy in its implementation phase.
  • Support to design business model which trigger private sector involvement through time and able to take over fully the responsibility of government in providing AI services to the public
  • Conduct sort of study and recommend business model how lead commercial farm or processing industry could provide embodied services which including AI for dairy farmers.

For more of detailed report click here.

DairyBISS has successfully conducted its third Dairy Business Platform meeting on Brewer’s grain.





On Tuesday, December, 12, 2017 the third round dairy business platform meeting on Brewer’s grain and its importance to dairy production in Ethiopia has been successfully conducted at the Ambassador hotel, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

There were 37 (thirty seven)  participants including commercial dairy  farmers, feed processing industry owners, Brewery companies, Government Ministries, feed regulatory authority , FAO and researchers.

Brief presentation were delivered by sector experts on the following topics

  • Challenges and opportunities using brewery feed for dairy production in Ethiopia ,
  • Experience of utilizing brewery grain as ingredient of poultry feed in the case of Raya beer in Tigray region,
  • Update on Ethiopian feed assessment which is carried out by FAO Ethiopia,
  • Draft directives by VDAFACA on brewery residual utilization as animal feed.
  • vision on potential, importance and improvements in use of brewer’s grain in Ethiopia feed processing industry


After the presentations a panel discussion was conducted with Q&A on presentation. Brewery factories representatives also forwarded their view on how to efficiently utilize the brewery residual as animal feed. There is understanding that brewer’s grain is a good protein and energy source for dairy cattle.  However, attention should be paid on how to manage and properly use the residue in order to sustain safety and efficient production.  With regards to these issues, presenters and representatives have provided multiple ideas on how to use it effectively and how make it accessible and affordable.

On the way forward, the following issues puts as main priorities

  • Conduct field survey that aims to determine the volume of brewery residuals including the share channelled to feed processing  factories and dairy farms,
  • Assess the existing situation of brewers residual transportation to farms and storage facility for the best use of the product in compliance with animal feed and food safety
  • Assess the challenges and opportunities to access brewery residuals from brewery as animal feed ( quality and affordability)
  • Assess the brewery yeast potential as sources of animal feed
  • Assess the performance of dairy cows in terms of production volume , quality, health ..using brewery grain as part of feed ingredient
  • Deliver extension model on spent brewery grain utilization

The meeting ended up with by reaching agreement   to continue a  discussion at all levels to  build strong a bridge between farmers and brewery companies.

The meeting being started.

The meeting being conducted.

Panelists on the Q & A of the meeting.

3rd DairyBISS Business platform will be organized on the importance of brewer grain for dairy production in Ethiopia.

Experts the Netherlands and Ethiopia will present innovative business cases on brewer’s grain as an important sources of feed for livestock in general and specific to dairy farming.   Current practices will be reviewing and relating with the best practices from international experiences and possible joint research undertakings will be identified.

For this purpose you cordially invited to half day platform meeting which will be held at the Ambassadors Hotel on Tuesday, December, 12 2017 from 9 AM to 1PM.


For further information details please contact us via either phone +251911694257 or Email – dairybiss@gmail.com.

Less replacement heifers due to poor calf rearing practices

Jettie Veerman, student animal husbandry at the Aeres University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands, has done a field survey on calf rearing practices on commercial dairy farms in Ethiopia.

Main objective of the study was to analyse current calf rearing practices on commercial farms in Ethiopia and advice DairyBISS on improvements which can be incorporated in our training programmes.

During her studies, she has specialised in the topic of calf rearing and done similar surveys and undertaken research in post-weaning dips.

Read the full PDF version here.

Four important facts on opportunities in the Ethiopian dairy sector

Ethiopia offers huge opportunities for dairy sector development. With a growing economy and an increasing number of urban middle class consumers, demand for dairy products is expected to rise, making the dairy sector an interesting sector for investors and developers. This practice brief examines the opportunities and challenges for dairy production and marketing. It addresses important facts about the Ethiopian dairy sector that can support future (medium-scale) investors in identifying business opportunities along the dairy value chain and in developing feasible business plans for their investment. Results and data are based on a study in the SNNP region.

Download the full pdf here: Practice Brief – DairyBISS – Important facts about dairy sector Ethiopia – July 2017

Gender assessment of dairy value chains: evidence from Ethiopia

This report presents the findings from a gender assessment of dairy value chains in Ethiopia, which is part of a series of similar studies carried out as well in Kenya and Rwanda.
It aims to formulate country-specific recommendations for Ethiopia, and to contribute to developing general guidelines on how to implement gender sensitive initiatives in the dairy value chain.
The assessment considered:
ƒƒ- women and men’s roles and responsibilities, their different benefits, opportunities,
needs, constraints and challenges along the value chains;
ƒƒ- economic opportunities arising along the value chains, as well as women and men’s capacity to access them;
-ƒƒ factors contributing to reduce gender inequalities in the value chains.

Download full document here