Second batch of cows to fly-in this month, number to reach 4,000 by August

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Qatar’s ‘Baladna Farm’ project on Wednesday announced the arrival of the first batch out of the 4000 cows scheduled to come before mid-August.

The flying-in of the cows is part of Qatar’s dairy products expansion plans and it is in accordance with the efforts of the country to find alternatives to the products hitherto imported from the siege countries.

It was after setting up air-conditioned pens that can house as many as 10,000 cows that the first batch of 165 was flown-in, said John Joseph Dorr, Head of the farm.

The cows arrived from Germany via Hungarian capital Budapest, last night. Another batch of 130 cows will arrive in the next two weeks and by mid-August, the number will reach 4000, John Joseph said. The production is to start by the beginning of November 2017.

The farm aims to bring in more than 25,000 cows in total, he said. The procedures to fly them in from across Europe and other countries including Australia, New Zealand and the United States have begun, he said.

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The Qatari market requires about 30 tonnes of fresh milk per day, and at present, the local production covers only 10% of the demand. The rest is being imported from Turkey, informed John Joseph.

The “Baladna Farm” project was established in 2014 as part of national efforts to achieve self-sufficiency in the field of livestock production and dairy industry.

Published on 12 July 2017

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