19th September 06:18 AM
Average milk production per cow increases to 6.5 liters this year
By Dhanjay Deo
Thursday 12/09/2019

Some good news for the Dairy Industry as average milk production per cow is hitting 6.5 litres this year compared to 5 litres last year.

The Chairman of Fiji Cooperative Dairy Company Limited, Simon Cole while confirming this says increased production requires a better understanding of the management of a cow through lactation.

He says initiatives are underway to improve calf production and farmers should look at ways of bringing not productive cows back into production.

Cole says the increase in production can be attributed to the recent 14% rise in milk price paid to the farmers.

Dairy farmers are now getting 97 cents per litre of milk. Those farmers who are registered for VAT are getting $1.06 cents per litre.

Currently, local dairy farmers are supplying around 6.2 million litres of milk annually for local consumption.

262 dairy farmers supply milk under the Fiji Cooperative Dairy Company Limited while there over 100 other dairy farmers who conduct their operations themselves.

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