FCW seeks to transform dairy sector, delivers country’s first crossbreeds
FrieslandCampina WAMCO, last week, announced the successful crossbreeding and birth of 25 Crossbreed Girolando calves at various farms in Oyo, Ogun and Kwara states.
Speaking with The Guardian, the dairy company’s Executive Director of Corporate Affairs, Ore Famurewa, explained that the Girolando breed is a composite of ‘Milking Gir’ from Brazil and Holstein Friesian from the Netherlands and has produced tremendous results for many decades in Brazil, leading to its transformation to a world power in dairy production.
“In addition to having a high milk yield, the Girolando breed is heat-tolerant, tick-borne disease resistant and possesses other characteristics ideal for production in tropical countries like Nigeria. The Girolando calves are the first generation of a new high milk-producing breed in Nigeria,” she said.
The company continues to contribute to the development of the dairy sector and national food security through its Dairy Development activities and partnerships such as the Value4Dairy Consortium.
Launched in April 2021, the Value4Dairy Consortium is made up of four strategic partners, FrieslandCampina WAMCO (Nigeria’s foremost dairy Company), URUS (the largest cow genetics company in the world), Barenbrug (a leading grass seed company) and Agrifirm (a leading feed and supplement company in the Netherlands), is making progress in implementing sustainable strategies to fast-track growth and development of the Nigerian dairy sector, with proven track records in various agri-related value chains.
FrieslandCampina WAMCO and URUS Group LP, the global leader in cattle breeding and dairy herd management programmes, selected the Girolando breed for introduction to Nigeria and subsequently signed an agreement with a local breeding farm-SMAP Farms Limited. The strategic partnership will maximise success in crossbreeding and increase milk yields on local farms sustainably.
Last year, 1400 Girolando semen straws were produced and 610 artificial inseminations were achieved and 25 Crossbreed Girolando calves have been birthed to date. FCW said it sees this key milestone achievement as an important step to give smallholder farmers access to affordable good-yield dairy cows in Nigeria. The company, as well as other partners of the Value4Dairy Consortium, added that they remain committed to providing scalable solutions to agri-related challenges in the Nigerian dairy sector.