DEVELOPING THE INDUSTRY
Ol Pejeta Beef strives to remain at the cutting edge, using the latest technology as a tool to increase productivity and ultimately the quality of our product, and to pioneer developments ahead of our competitors in the industry.
After extensive trials, all Ol Pejeta cattle were microchipped in 2016. This small grain sized electronic chip, which goes into the left ear, contains a unique 16 digit code that can be read by electronic scanner. The micro chip allows for full traceability of all our animals, from chipping at birth until sale or slaughter, when the chip is removed. The information that we record throughout the animal's life includes date of birth, dam and performance data as well as any treatments and vaccination records. The micro chips also help us to weigh cattle regularly using our state of the art bluetooth weighing stations. They are able to record weights within seconds, even with restless animals, and log weights seamlessly into our cattle software program Cattlemax. With weighing stations around the conservancy, we can make sure that animals are consistently performing to our desired standards, no matter the pasture conditions.
Living with lions has it challenges and none more so than at night. In 2002
Ol Pejeta pioneered and designed the first predator-proof bomas that are used now throughout Kenya and other parts of Africa. The simple yet effective metal gate sections that lock together with heavy duty pins were a critical step in ensuring livestock and wildlife integration was economically viable and sustainable, therefore mitigating human/lion conflict.
Ol Pejeta uses 'lion lights', the genius invention of a young Maasai boy, Richard Turere, for our maternity boma. The lights are placed in a large circle around a half acre boma, secured with light, mobile electric fencing. This extra space allows for calves to be born on fresh pasture every day, without the risk of infections from manure buildup (which is what happens in the less mobile predator-proof bomas). The flashing solar powered lights act as a deterrent for would-be predators, offering a safe environment for mother and their newborns.