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Communal farmers informed what dairy production entails

Communal farmers informed what dairy production entails

Five cattle farmers from communal areas were recently taken through a one-day blitz training session to show them what opportunities commercial dairy production may hold for communal dairies.

The training was done at the state-of-the-art dairy Superfarm in Mariental, owned by Namibia Dairies. This was only the first phase of training and will be follow up by more sessions as part of the mild producer’s dairy farmer training project.

According to the Director: Agri-Business at Namibia Dairies, Borney Britz, the farmers were taken on a farm tour by one of the managers, Neville Hembapu who explained the basic requirements and processes involved in the day to day operations of the Superfarm.

Said Britz: “The tour educated the farmers on the critical aspects relating to calf and heifer rearing and how it differs in some instances from beef cows. Other topics covered the daily fodder requirements and the importance of quality fodder and sufficient water. Then certain basic aspects regarding health, diseases and treatment of cows were explained followed by a session on herd growth, animal handling and daily herd management.

From the cows, the focus shifted to the industry when the basic principles and processes in the production of milk at a commercial scale were explained.

“The day provided us with the opportunity to share some knowledge on the dairy industry in particular dairy farming and we trust that the interest, passion and commitment shown by the farmers will serve as a starting point to further build our local dairy industry” said Britz.

Namibia Dairies is a subsidiary of the Ohlthaver & List Group.

About The Author

Daniel Steinmann

Brief CV of Daniel Steinmann. Born 24 February 1961, Johannesburg. Educated at the University of Pretoria: BA, BA(hons), BD. Postgraduate degrees are in Philosophy and Divinity. Editor of the Namibia Economist since 1991. Daniel Steinmann has steered the Economist as editor for the past 29 years. The newspaper started as a monthly free-sheet, then moved to a weekly paper edition (1996 to 2016), and on 01 December 2016 to a daily digital newspaper at https://economist.com.na. His editorial focus is on economic analysis based on budget analysis, dissecting strategic planning and assessing the impact of policy formulation. For eight years, he hosted a weekly talk-show on NBC Radio, explaining complex economic concepts to a lay audience in a relaxed, conversational manner. He was a founding member of the Editors' Forum of Namibia. Over the years, he has mentored scores of journalism students as interns and as young professional journalists. He often assists economics students, both graduate and post-graduate, to prepare for examinations and moderator reviews. He is the Namibian respondent for the World Economic Survey conducted every quarter for the Ifo Center for Business Cycle Analysis and Surveys at the University of Munich in Germany. He is frequently consulted by NGOs and international analysts on local economic trends and developments. Send comments to [email protected]