Zambeef invests K12m in dairy sheds expansion

ZAMBEEF Products has invested K12 million in the expansion of two dairy sheds at Kalundu Farms in Chisamba.

And Zambeef milks about 19,000 litres of milk per day from 815 cows at Kalundu Farms.

Zambeef dairy manager Justine Pigou said the company had this year invested between K11million and K12 million in the construction of two sheds which would house a total of 300 cows each.

“We are currently in the process of building two big sheds which will house 300 cows each and these will be environmentally controlled houses,” Mr Pigou said when addressing officials from the Botswana Embassy in Zambia at Kalundu Farm.

He said the company intends to increase production per cow from the current 25 litres to more than 30 in the next two to three years.

“We hope by the end of the expansion we will be producing in the region of 45,000 litres a day rather than 19,000 to 20,000 a day.

“We are at a development stage, we are currently looking at growing our herd from current 800 plus milking cows and we want to push that to about 1,500 milking cows that means we will be in the region of 3,000 livestock units on the farm which includes the young stock bulls,” he said.

Mr Pigou said the company was looking at increasing efficiencies at the farms, while the dairy divisions had already become one of Zambeef’s most successful divisions.

Speaking after the tour of Zambeef, Botswana High Commissioner to Zambia, Tuelonjana Ditlhabi-ohphont said her government supported food production and security.

She said she would continue to link the two countries to foster economic growth

“The purpose of our visit is to come and appreciate the model of farming and food production, which is very simple. They are doing a lot without major investments so this is something we want to learn from Zambeef as Botswana and we have diversified products which are interesting,” she said.