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Arla foods takes delivery of 216 Danish Holstein Heifers for Kaduna farm

- By Sunday Michael Ogwu

The vision of Arla Foods, makers of Dano Milk, to shape the future of dairy in Nigeria, received a major boost as the company takes delivery of 216 Danish Holstein Heifers for its Kaduna dairy farm.

Danish Holsteins known to be healthy cows with good fertility and functional conformati­on arrived at the farm on Tuesday, 9th May 2023.

According to Arla Farm Manager, Dr. Jimmy Johnmark noted that the Holstein-Friesian breed has a much higher expected yield per cow compared to the local breeds.

He said: “We are very excited to announce that the Arla Farm is fully set to commence operations for milk production, to boost local dairy production, with the arrival of the livestock from Denmark.”

He explained that the heifers have now settled into the farm and are getting comfortabl­e in their new home, noting that milk production on the farm is expected to start in the third quarter of 2023.

Arla Farm, located in Kaduna State, is a state-ofthe-art commercial dairy farm, establishe­d by Arla Foods to serve as a model for productive and sustainabl­e dairy farming in Nigeria.

The farm developmen­t project, which officially began in 2021, is one of Arla’s investment­s in Nigeria’s dairy sector and one of the steps taken towards backward integratio­n in Nigeria.

Senior Manager, Raw Milk Supply and Production, Mr. Snorri Sigurdsson, disclosed that the ultramoder­n Arla Farm, which is the first of its kind in Nigeria, covers a land area of 400Ha, and has the capacity to house 400 milking cows and in total 1,000 animals. It will feature modern technology for optimal animal comfort and milk production.

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