Dairy farming is a class of agriculture for long-term production of milk, which is processed (either on the farm or at a dairy plant, either of which may be called a dairy) for eventual sale of a dairy product.
Establishing a dairy herd; Routine management practices; Management of young and replacement stock; Reproductive management in a dairy herd; Feeding the dairy herd; Milk secretion, milking and milk quality
Importance of Dairy Production
Milk and dairy products play an important role in a healthy, balanced diet. They are rich sources of calcium which is easily absorbed by the body. This mineral, along with other nutrients present in dairy foods, such as protein, magnesium and phosphorus, is essential to build and maintain strong bones.
- On-farm employment can be increased by dairying because it is a labor-intensive activity.
- Dairying can provide farmers with year-round income and help them diversify risk across enterprises.
- Development of the dairy sector can have important multiplier effects throughout the value chain from the farm to retail food stores.
- Milk-producing animals can make use of feeds that cannot be used directly by people.
- Expansion of a countryʼs dairy industry can improve a nationʼs food security and nutrition.
The Structure of Uganda’s Dairy Industry
Prospects for Ugandaʼs Dairy Industry
Ugandaʼs Dairy Corporation has been targeted for privatization, but its status is currently in limbo. The failure of the Finance Ministry to either privatize, or withdraw the privatization initiative has created difﬁculties for the industry.