Send a Cow charity provides further training for African farmers thanks to XLVets donation

Left to right: Georgia Smith, Bryony Kendall, Becky Moorcroft and Joanna Brownbill
Left to right: Georgia Smith, Bryony Kendall, Becky Moorcroft and Joanna Brownbill

International development charity, Send a Cow, benefitted recently from a generous donation of £10,000 from veterinary group, XLVets, raised at their AGM in June.

The 57 independently-owned vet practices came together for an auction of promises, raising £20,000, of which Send a Cow has received half.

We’re thrilled to be working alongside XLVets. Not only are members offering their veterinary expertise, but they’re raising much needed funds too. It’s a great partnership which is having a real impact on farming families in east Africa.

Becky Moorcroft, Send a Cow corporate partnerships manager

The other half was donated to veterinary mental health charity, Vetlife.

Send a Cow will use the money in conjunction with XLVets to help farmers in some of the poorest parts of Africa, by upskilling their local support teams on the ground.

The local teams are being trained in livestock management through a bespoke programme, delivered by vets from Farm Skills Africa, XLVets’ charitable initiative.

So far in this three-year project, training has included aspects such as practical nutrition, Push-Pull technology (a method of growing crops that repels pests), shed design - including animal health and environment principles, calf management and good stockmanship.

Teaching is delivered via interactive workshops and talks on farms about livestock husbandry.

In total, two groups of 12 Send a Cow delegates have taken part in the programme, from Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda and Burundi.

The recent XLVets donation will boost the £20,000 sum already raised for this collaboration with Send a Cow by the group.

Becky Moorcroft, Send a Cow corporate partnerships manager, said: “We’re thrilled to be working alongside XLVets. Not only are members offering their veterinary expertise, but they’re raising much needed funds too. It’s a great partnership which is having a real impact on farming families in east Africa.”

Bryony Kendall, from Farm Skills Africa, who helped develop the programme and deliver the inaugural training sessions in October 2016, said: “XLVets is committed to supporting the great work of Send a Cow and we’re delighted to have raised such a large sum.

“It joins the £20,000 already raised by the XLVets team, with support from Boehringer Ingelheim. We feel that the training is the best way to help these farming communities to become self-sufficient and we’re proud to support them in building a sustainable future.”