How to start a dairy farm

Dairy farming is one of the largest and most important agricultural industries in the country. Kireshni Naiker, a dairy farmer from KwaZulu-Natal, explains that running a dairy farm takes a deep passion.

“[When starting a dairy farm], there are a lot of other factors to consider but I would say, venture not just for the financial gain, but because you are passionate about it, ”advises Naiker.

Naiker holds an Honors BA in Animal and Poultry Science from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. She rose through the ranks of the dairy farm hierarchy, from intern to junior dairy manager. She spent some time in Tasmania, Australia, where she worked as an intern on a dairy farm.

Kireshni Naiker, a dairy farmer from KwaZulu Natal.  Photo: Supplied / Food for Mzansi
Kireshni Naiker, a dairy farmer from KwaZulu-Natal. Photo: Supplied / Food for Mzansi

β€œI was born and raised in the city and had no previous experience or exposure to agriculture. The reasons that prompted me to venture into agriculture are a pure passion for the industry that came from me. “

She explains that dairy farming takes hard work, commitment and dedication, not to mention a lot of money.

“[Starting] a [dairy] Operating from scratch requires a huge amount of start-up costs, and it will take you years to start seeing a return on your investment.

Some of these costs include infrastructure such as cooling facilities, milking parlors and sheds. The day-to-day operation of a profitable dairy farm also requires electricity, water, cow feed and dairy equipment.

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