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How to start a successful dairy business

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Dairy production has the potential to be a profitable business opportunity for farmers in Africa. There is always room to grow, both for beginner farmers as well as more established players.

Central Milk is able to assist farmers in establishing a successful dairy business.

Central Milk is able to assist farmers in establishing a successful dairy business.

Adding value

Smaller farmers have the opportunity to “add value” to their milk by putting up a factory and entering the market place. Dairy farmers can either produce milk and sell to the larger companies or become smaller distributors of their own products.

The following products can be produced on a dairy farm:

  • Fresh milk – straight from the farm, not pasteurised (be careful for the unpasteurised bacteria)
  • Pasteurised fresh milk as well as traditional sour milk
  • Drinking and eating yoghurt (flavoured cultured milk)
  • Cheese products

Equipment

South Africa-based Central Milk can supply dairies with the equipment to produce the above-mentioned products. Central Milk manufactures most equipment required by the dairy industry. Whether you need process equipment for milk, sour milk, cheese or yogurt, the company has technology and products to suite your requirements.

The company has been involved with the establishment of various successful dairy businesses across the African continent. “In Botswana we’ve supplied a yoghurt and sour milk factory; in Zambia a company bought our equipment to produce milk, sour milk and a bit of cheese; and we were also involved with two large dairies for the King of Swaziland. In addition we’ve also supplied a number of projects in Zimbabwe and Mozambique,” says Anton Gilfillan, managing director of Central Milk.

Packaging and marketing

While planning a dairy facility, it is important to consider packaging and marketing strategies, which is essential to the success of any new dairy business.

Important factors to consider are:

1. To bottle products is the most common way to do it. Plastic bottles and lids, however, are expensive and are not readily available in certain countries.
2. Sachet packaging, from 200ml to 1ltr, is more affordable and is easily available.
3. The “Ama tap-tap” system, a new concept approved in South Africa, allows for products such as milk, sour milk, juice and yoghurt, to be sold to the public’s own containers. Benefits of this system include:

  • Product is sold while it is still fresh
  • It is much cheaper because there is no container involved (client brings own container)
  • The work for the dairy farmer is minimised.

Conclusion

Dairy farming is not just about milking a cow under a tree. It is a business opportunity and a business must have a plan in place. The success of any dairy business depends on two things:

1. The motivation of the owner and his/her skills
2. The dairy’s marketing strategy


Contact details

For more information about Central Milk’s products and services, contact Anton Gilfillan at:

Email:
info@centralmilk.com

Websites:
www.centralmilk.com
www.fix-trade.co.za


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  • lashelly.k. mambwe(mrs)

    We are a farmers group in Itezhi-tezhi district rural of Zambia and traditional livestock farmers, we have plenty of land and 100 traditional breeds cattle. we want to modernize it by construction of paddocks, kraals, dip tank and installation of water treatment also cross breeds our cows with diary breeds like the Jersey and the Frisian. What we are lacking is start up capital for the above activities to commence, how do you help us please we are poor we want to uplift our living standards through more production of dairy milk through out the year for more income.

  • mohubedu jeremia napo

    I am a south african living near the town marble hall in ephraim mogale municipality in moutse west. I want to start a dairy farming. I am a retired teacher. I am having a land of about 10.4 hectors.

  • http://invalid OGWANG FRED

    hello, am Ogwang Fred a Ugandan from Gulu District northern Uganda. am in need of literature for a mini dairy processing plant, i would like to process yogurt, powdered milk and pst milk including parking on a small scale. please help me send the photo’s for the equipment’s and their prices in US$. Thanks

  • Mohammad Ali

    I am willing to buy 40 cows for this milk bussiness.. But i will be keeping these cows in a 600 yards house… So is it possible that i can start my bussiness over here in this house … As i dont have a farm?? I have also hired 10 people who will take care of the cows and will collect the milk from the cows …. So i want to ask that can my bussiness flourish this way…..

  • krideepbaruah

    I m from india. Want to strt a dairy firm

  • darison andrew

    I would like to be supplied with equipments here in Tanzania am starting diary bussines I am nee of all equipments like Cooler tank,

  • pramesh parmar

    plase give me some idea about dairy industries in ujjain

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  • Courage Agamah

    I want to start a dairy business but I need some information from you

  • Rajesh Sheoran

    Dear all i also want to start a dairy farm. But i havnt more adavanced ideas abt it. If you have some snaps of your dairy plnt and better ideas thn pls share wid me on- rksheoran766@gmail.com

  • ankita

    dear sir I am seeking to open a dairy but i have no idea from where to start the business.kindly help me with starting up a dairy.

  • jairus Anale

    Please sir am very much interested in starting the milk producing company in Kenya can you help me with ideas and how to get the machines to process the milk.

  • Shadab hasan siddiqui

    HELLO, I am from chhattisharh I want to start a milk product firm, i have some idea but not perfect plz help

  • Akhilesh

    sir I am from bihar champaran,and i would like to make a large scale milk production plant in Champaran but I have no any Idea about this purpose so please obligate me.i am IT professional,i have ability to run this business also agree to do this work. thanks sir pls give your feedback on mail ak47kumar74@gmail.com and mo. no-9915801248

  • Mohsin

    Hi, I am located in tanzania, and I am looking forward to invest in the dairy product business, kindly contact me so we can further discuss on this matter. My mobile number is: +255 784725462. Thanks – Mohsin

  • kasabekar

    Dear Sir, its been a week know that i m interested in Diary Business in Mumbai . I am from Mumbai . And i m looking for got plot to start this business.To be honest sir i don’t know much about this business . I am take advice from other ,and going through internet for business ideal .Early morning i had read about your Ideal For Diary Business. I would like to request could u plz give me such good idea to run this busiess or if i can run this business with you together (Parter) . You can contact via sending mail.THANK YOU SIR AND HAVE A NICE DAY .my mobil no ….07208395923

    • abdul rauf

      Ok ap start kren sir this is best business

  • RAVI

    plz makeout how to start a dairy industry

  • Salome

    Hallo my name is Salome, I need a Quote for a dairy – 6pin milking machine 6 cows at a time for milking. I need a Quote on the building and the equipment needed for milking and cooling the milk. Please if you can assist me. My e-mail address : carleck@mtnloaded.co.za

  • Kyaw Zaw or Shank

    Dear Sir, its been a week know that i m interested in Diary Business in Myanmar . I am from Myanmar . And i m looking for got plot to start this business.To be honest sir i don’t know much about this business . I am take advice from other ,and going through internet for business ideal .Early morning i had read about your Ideal For Diary Business. I would like to request could u plz give me such good idea to run this busiess or if i can run this business with you together (Parter) . You can contact via sending mail.THANK YOU SIR AND HAVE A NICE DAY .

  • Hilary Joseph, Jamshedpur India

    I am interested starting Diary Farm in Jamshedpur India. The place Jamshedpur has vast potential in this field and very few reputed diary diary milk products are available. We have around 100 cows wherein 1000 plus liters are milk is produced. I am interested in starting a good venture and have sound capital for initial invest. Would request your support and guidance if we can partner and do this venture in the place. Please feel free to discuss with me on my 09204759342 if interested or else please guide me to produce quality diary products to cater to our state of Jamshedpur, Jharkhand, India..

    • Diwaharan S

      Hi Hilary

      Have yu started Dairy unit..
      Expecting your reply

      Regards
      Diwa S

  • Johan

    I used to be a dairy farmer in SA, the price we get per liter does not make it profitable at all. It cost you more to feed than you get for your product

    • goitsemang ngubula

      I am in Botswana Iam looking for a dairy partner. I have land and water but i dont have enough funds if you are interested please let talk.
      Goitsemang

  • Magdeline Mokgetlhe

    Kindly avdvice on the quotes of equipments to start a dairy plant producing Cheese; Yoghurt and Amasi

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