n Farmer’s Weekly - Ugandan dairy industry benefits from US experts : new farmer - cover

Volume 2016, Issue 16011
  • ISSN : 0041-848X



In 2012, the CEO of a large commercial dairy operation in western Michigan in the US, Wendell van Gunst, was invited by Partners Worldwide (PW) to travel to northern Uganda to study the local dairy environment. PW, a faith-based NGO, works in 27 countries where unemployment and poverty affect communities, and links up businesspeople with local entrepreneurs. Wendell's company, Country Dairy, is a family-owned dairy business where 1 400 Holsteins cows are milked three times per day, and about 1 400 replacement heifers are raised. The operation also has a milk processing and bottling plant where cheese, ice cream and other retail dairy products are manufactured. Embryo flushing is utilised to improve herd genetics, and bulls and heifers are sold to the local dairy industry. South African-born Johan Vosloo is the herd manager at Country Dairy. Prior to moving to the US, he worked extensively as a dairy extension officer in the Humansdorp and Tsitsikamma region for the then department of agriculture in the Eastern Cape.

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