Arla Foods, the makers of Dano Milk, has officially commissioned its state-of-the-art dairy farm in Kaduna State, Nigeria.
The farm, which covers 400 hectares of land, is the first of its kind in the country and aims to serve as a model for productive and sustainable dairy farming.
Arla’s investment in Nigeria’s dairy sector
The farm development project, which 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. Arla Foods has been working with the Kaduna State government and other partners to develop a sustainable local dairy value chain that supports the livelihoods of nomadic dairy farmers and provides quality dairy products to Nigerian consumers.
The farm has the capacity to house 400 milking cows and 1,000 animals in total. It features modern technology for optimal animal comfort and milk production, such as cooling systems, milking parlours, feed storage and waste management systems. The farm also has living facilities for 25 employees and a training centre for local dairy farmers.
Arla’s contribution to local milk production
The farm received 216 Danish Holstein heifers from Arla’s farmer owners in Europe in May 2023. The Holstein-Friesian breed has a much higher expected yield per cow compared to the local breeds. The farm is expected to produce over 10 tonnes of milk per day, which will be processed by Arla’s dairy plant in Kaduna State, to supply locally produced dairy products to Nigerian consumers.
Arla Foods’ Senior Manager for Raw Milk Supply and Production, Mr Snorri Sigurdsson, said that the farm is a showcase for sustainable and efficient dairy farming in Nigeria. He noted that the farm will also provide training and support to up to 1,000 local dairy farmers to improve their milk yields and quality, animal welfare and farm profitability.
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Shaping the future of dairy in Nigeria
Arla Foods’ Executive Vice President and Head of International Business, Simon Stevens, said that the farm is part of Arla’s long-term commitment to shaping the future of dairy in Nigeria. He said that Arla is working with public and private partners to support the development of the Nigerian dairy sector as part of the country’s efforts to increase local food production.
The farm was officially inaugurated by His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, who commended Arla Foods for its contribution to the development of the state and the country.
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