7 breaks in boundary stone wall, luckily only 1 due to illegal grazing – a flock of goats on the Lorien / Nyumba Nyeupe section, most likely to be from opportunistic Turkana neighbours.
The other 6 breaks from elephants. Quite a few elephant, about 40 head have crossed onto us from ADC breaking the boundary stonewall in 5 places and then 1 break on the Lorien section with only a few elephant leaving the farm. This was all electrified as part of the Laikipia West Elephant Fence but was vandalised or more accurately destroyed during Jamuary / February at the height of our chaos- kilometres of wire has been stolen, along with Energizers and solar panels and houses flattened -very sad state of affairs as this fence helped to keep the elephants away from the small holder farmers on our boundary.
A tip of an iceberg of the damage done here and we slowly have made progress over the last few months repairing vandalised pumps, repairing some internal fencing and keeping on top of the breaks in the boundary stonewall as well as the constant security patrols and worrying about how to keep our own cattle alive and have learnt new things like the hydroponic barley which is a huge success although we are constantly learning and tweaking it to improve our yields.
One of our young Boran Stud Bulls has recently been bought by Ol Pejeta which is a huge compliment on the quality of our cattle and others we hope to sell off some others in the coming months to other interested farmers.
So not quite all gloom and doom !!! We keep on keeping on !!