Under the direction of afimilk, the largest, most comprehensive dairy farm project in the world has entered its third year, and is operating in five of 12 farms with 23,000 cattle.
The project, located in Vietnam, was planned and constructed by on-site afimilk experts. These experienced personnel brought to Vietnam their expertise in farm and dairy management, feed production, water treatment, waste water management and veterinary services.
In recent years, Vietnamese milk consumption has increased by 5 to 7 percent annually, and the country has a shortage of some 650,000 tons of milk a year. Aimed to supply 50 percent of the Vietnamese milk market, the ambitious project is guided by the vision that every child in Vietnam will drink a glass of milk a day. Now turning out 200 tons a day, the mega-dairy plans to supply more than 300,000 tons yearly by 2015.
Today, the dairies have a total of 11,000 milking cows and 12,000 heifers. Some 4,000 more heifers will be imported from New Zealand during the next six months.
"Milk is an essential need for the human development of Vietnam, and the TH Milk project will bring wide benefits in this effort," says Ms. Thai Huong, general director of North Asia Bank and chair of TH Milk, which is financing the project. "You must complete your strategic thinking before developing a project like this quickly. However, the critical factor in the success of this project has been the Israeli experts guiding the Vietnamese."
Ultimately, the enormous dairy will be locally-run. afimilk personnel will gradually phase out, and will transfer complete control of the dairy to local teams. Already, at the conclusion of phase one, milking parlors and management software are managed by the local teams.