The Irish trade mission to the Gulf states is taking in the 46,000-head dairy farm operated by Almarai in Saudi Arabia. Patrick Donohoe reports from Al Badiiah.
Welcome to the Almarai’s Al Badiiah dairy farm in the Saudi Arabian desert.
Almarai has six farms in total.
There are 46,000 animals on this one farm.
23,000 cows are calving in total this year on this farm.
600 cows will calve between 12 and 18 March.
All feed is imported.
The cows produce 960,000 litres every day.
A milk truck like this ones leaves the Almarai farm every 40 minutes.
2,600 calves are fed twice a day on milk.
The calves are weaned at 77 days.
Three years ago, the Irish Farmers Journal paid another visit to Almarai’s Al Badiiah farm. Watch the video below:
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