TRYNESS TEMBO, Lusaka
ZAMBEEF Products has completed the construction of the US$1.5 million rotary milking parlour at Kalundu Dairy
Farm in Chisamba.
This is expected to enable the company milk about 2,500 cows a day.
Zambeef products head of retailing, marketing and corporate affairs Felix Lupindula said operating at full capacity, the plant will enable the firm to produce over 60,000 litres of milk a day to feed into its 100,000 litres installed processing plant at Huntley.
In a statement availed to the Daily Mail on Friday, Mr Lupindula said the firm intends to construct a further four barns, each with a capacity to house 300 cows at a time in anticipation of the rotary increased capacity of milking over 2,500 cows a day.
“Zambeef Products’ Kalundu Dairy Farm is gearing up for industrialisation of the local dairy sector with the construction of the largest state-of-the-art rotary milking parlour in Zambia and Central Africa.
“The dairy industry in Zambia has great potential with much room for growth and Zambeef remains committed to making key investments, such as the rotary milk plant, which plays a key role in propelling that growth forward,” he said.
Mr Lupindula also said a further 30,000 output supplemented by small-scale farmers will boost the current production of 23,000 litres.
Commenting on the development, Kalundu Dairy manager Willa Vorster said the new facility will enable management to get information from every cow daily.
Mr Vorster said the parlour includes a maximised cooling system designed to maintain the integrity and freshness of the milk, with storage tank temperatures kept at regulated optimum levels.
“On this new system, we can get information from every cow, day and milking. It also gives us milk yield, peak yield in that session, duration and the conductivity of the milk which is the indication of mastitis and also blood levels,” he said.