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Dairy

Quality dairy production

High quality milk is an essential food for human beings all over the world. HVA International has built up a long-standing experience in the dairy production chain from the production of roughages to the processing of the raw milk. The production can take place on large integrated farms or on smallholder farms. HVA International has supported clients with developing projects concepts, preparing complete business plans, supervising the establishment and training to project staff.
 

Medium and large scale projects

One of HVA International’s main fields of experience is in medium and large scale integrated dairy farms, combining production of roughage and concentrate feeds, animal production and on-farm processing. Creating such mainly self-supporting units have proven very successful to achieve sustainable dairy development in countries with under-developed dairy production chains. Special attention is given to produce a year-round supply of good quality roughages and to prepare feeding rations according to the dairy animals’ requirements including where appropriate, Total Mixed Ration (TMR) feeding. This integrated approach to livestock feeding systems is the basis for a sustained high animal production and herd fertility.
 

Production and processing

Marketing of the raw milk produced is a vital aspect of dairy farming. Large farms will transport their raw milk by tanker to the processing plant. HVA International has also ample experience in the management of milk collection schemes from smallholder dairy farmers including milk quality control and milk payment system. In most instances dairy extension is a vital part of these projects.
HVA International’s ability to provide integrated solutions for improving production and organising the supply of good quality milk to the factory is well appreciated by clients in both the private and public sector. In this way HVA International has helped many clients in Asia and Africa with their projects from the concept to the implementation. Knowledge transfer is always a key focus point, therefore training of the project staff is essential.

Zimbabwe – Dairy Processing Plant

A complete technical & financial Feasibility study was prepared, subsidized by the RVO, for the establishment of a dairy processing plant producing yoghurt, ice cream, sterilized milk and sterilized dairy fruit mix with a daily capacity of 70,000 litres milk. The Project included the establishement of milk collection centres in the course of the first years.
A particular aspect of the study was the utilisation of solar power. Under the Zimbabwean conditions the generation of electrical power by means of diesel generators was very expensive and not economical. Therefore solar power was used to generate the bulk of the electrical power required.

Oman – Milk Collection and Processing Study

HVA International implemented a techno-economic feasibility study for a milk collection scheme and milk processing plant for cow and camel milk. The objective was to establish a large network of milk collection points (96) and milk chilling centres (7). The herders were supported through extension and training. The dairy processing plant with a daily processing capacity of 70,000 litres was designed to produce and pack pasteurized cow and camel milk, pasteurized laban, pasteurized yoghurt, UHT milk and six different fruit juices.

Products

HVA has more than a century of accumulated experience in worldwide agricultural and agro-industrial development. Building on its experience and expertise in developing and managing its own integrated tea, sugar, oil palm, rubber, cassava, natural fibre, fish-, and shrimp farm operations, HVA International has established a full-service consultancy and management firm and has diversified its activities into other crops and sub-sectors, such as dairy and poultry production, providing its services to a wide range of projects for private clients, government and parastatal organisations or funded by international development agencies.

HVA International specializes in providing technical assistance, consultancy services, consulting engineering and management for projects in the following sectors:

  • Livestock production
  • Crop production
  • Agro-processing
  • Aquaculture production

Many projects executed by HVA International are integrated, including primary production and processing. An overview of HVA International’s capabilities in these sectors is presented below:

Farm advisory and support services

  • Applied field research and extension
  • Outgrower schemes of integrated agro-industrial projects
  • Milk collection schemes
  • Artificial insemination services
  • Input supply and rural credit
  • Marketing

Farm projects

  • Medium scale market-oriented crop and livestock production
  • Commercial farming (dairy, beef fattening, mixed farming, field crops)

Integrated agro-industrial projects

  • Sugar, tea, oil palm, vegetable oil
  • Dairy, poultry, feed mills
  • Privatization and restructuring
  • Management

Aquaculture projects

  • Audit and improvement of processes from the hatchery to end consumer
  • Consulting on the improvement of water quality and water treatment
  • Fish pathology related services
  • Strengthening of the Food Safety capacity
  • Strengthening of the fish-products quality
  • Fish food Innovation
  • Traceability methods and systems
  • Feasibility studies for new projects
  • Services for the improvement of the production efficiency
  • Web-based application for monitoring and managing fish-farms

The services comprise both inland and marine projects, and all the major types of production systems such as re-circulation systems, ponds, and sea cages.

Nigeria – Crossbreeding Farms 2016

 

HVA provided Livestock consultancy for the development of a crossbreeding and dairy extension project in Nigeria. The local milk production can best be stimulated through the higher milk production of crossbreds dairy cows. The project will produce these F1 crossbreds (Holstein Friesian x Bunaji) and train the farmers on the management, fodder production and feeding of these animals. The produced milk will be collected and processed.

CHI Farms (Nigeria) (2016)

 

HVA provided Livestock consultancy for the development of a crossbreeding and dairy extension project in Nigeria. The local milk production can best be stimulated through the higher milk production of crossbreds dairy cows. The project will produce these F1 crossbreds (Holstein Friesian x Bunaji) and train the farmers on the management, fodder production and feeding of these animals. The produced milk will be collected and processed.

Dutch Lady Vietnam Food and Beverage Company

 

On the request of the client, HVA International conducted a feasibility study for the establishment of a dairy development program in the Provinces around Ho Chi Minh City in 1993. Based on the outcome of this study, the Dairy Development Program (DDP) was started in 1995. The aim of the DDP is to increase local milk production and improve the milk quality. The Increased local milk production generates additional income for the local farmers and furthermore helps to  reduce the import of milk powder which has to be paid for in foreign currency. The milk collected through the very successful milk collection scheme is processed in a dairy plant owned and operated by the client. HVA assigned the Dairy farming Specialist (long term) and short term experts in animal husbandry, artificial insemination and veterinary support services.