VikingGenetics and VikingLivestock are proud to announce an agreement with Arla Foods to be exclusive genetics and livestock partners for their new farm in Kaduna State, Nigeria.
The agreement included the delivery of 216 Danish VikingHolstein heifers imported into Nigeria by VikingLivestock on May 9th. The heifers, which will be inseminated with 100% sexed semen from VikingGenetics bulls, are housed at a brand-new facility focused on animal welfare and house up to 750 dairy cows.
The farm, which opened on May 26th and is Arla’s first outside Europe, will help meet the country’s growing demand for dairy commodities. Additionally, the partnership aims to support local dairy development in Nigeria by serving as a training facility for local producers.
By sharing knowledge from European farmers about milk quality, herd management, animal welfare, and cattle breeding, Arla hopes to support the development of local dairy farming in Nigeria.
“The population in Nigeria is growing rapidly and is set to almost double in the next 30 years. This puts enormous pressure on food systems to deliver affordable nutrition, and if we look at dairy, there is a need for continued import but very much also an upscaling of local production with more efficient dairy farming. With this project, we share our knowledge, create an economically viable off-take market for local milk and show a way for the future of Nigerian dairy farming,” says Arla Farm Manager Snorri Sigurdsson.