Bridgit studies the reproductive status of dairy cows using new pen side technologies
Bridgit has a Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine (BVM) degree and a MSc in Veterinary Clinical Studies –Theriogenology both from the University of Nairobi. In the past her research work has involved assisted reproductive technologies in both cattle and goats with the main aim of improving reproductive performance of livestock in East Africa. She hopes to continue working with farmers after her PhD and contribute towards improving the livestock sector in Africa.
Monitoring the reproductive status of dairy cows using cow-side oestrus detection technologies
Thesis Research Project
Bridgit's PhD research work, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, aims to evaluate the reproductive status of dairy cows under small-holder systems in east Africa. In most parts of Africa, dairy cows are one of the most valuable resources for farming families but their potential is yet to be optimized. With increasing pressure for arable land and demand for sustainably produced animal products, there is need to improve the reproductive efficiency of dairy cows. Her research work will seek to inform small-holder farmers on ways of improving the reproductive performance of their stock by improving conception rates, reducing calving intervals and increasing the lifetime productivity of the cows. This ensures that small holder farmers are able to gain more from their investment in dairy cows.