SAS Dairy & Agro a dairy integration project of SAS Family started establishing a Hi Tech Dairy farm in Bangladesh comprising Purchasing pure breed dairy & cattle with an aim to produce quality milk and beef to cater the basic nutritional (protein) requirement of the people of the Bangladesh. For the purpose the farm will have a 60 Milking cows herd, and then scale it to 200 within 3 – 5 years. Good quality of milk will be produced only from the farm managed on scientific lines. We never touch the milk starting from milking to marketing and handing over it to our valuable consumers. The cows will be reared, with best pedigree history having 100% blood of exotic breed. These cows are provided best cow comfort in the sheds .Cows will be maintained as totally disease free by giving all types of vaccines, spraying germicide on the floor on daily basis and spraying of sodium carbonate in the environment. Side by side the project will undertake cattle development activities by establishing a Cattle farm.
SAS Dairy & Agro is the Pioneer Beef fattener in Bangladesh. We produce fat free quality Meat organically. Our main aim is to produce quality Meat and Milk.
Milk is among the most highly regulated foods in the country. Maintaining milk’s freshness and quality is a job that starts at the farm and continues through processing. From the time the milk leaves the cow’s udder, it is chilled to about 38 degrees and remains cold in a stainless steel tank. Milk is picked up at dairy farms every day of the year and is shipped immediately to a processing plant where it is tested, pasteurized and bottled.
Quality Starts on the Farm
Farmers pay special attention to the diets and living conditions of their animals. Just as some people consult dietitians to help them eat right, many dairy farmers consult with feed nutritionists to design a well-balanced diet for their cows. Nutritious feed is the first step toward good milk. Properly sanitized equipment and thorough cleaning of the cow’s udder before milking is equally important. As the cow is being milked, her milk flows through refrigerated pipes to a sanitized bulk tank where it is immediately cooled down from her body temperature — about 100 degrees F — to 38-45 degrees F. This preserves freshness and guarantees safety. The milk is then picked up by a milk truck, which serves as a giant refrigerator on wheels.
On-farm Testing Happens Daily
Before the milk is delivered to the plant, the truck driver takes a sample of the milk to test for impurities, such as antibiotic residues, that would compromise quality. If antibiotic residue is detected, the entire tank of milk is immediately discarded, never to reach America’s families. The farmer responsible for the impure milk may have to pay the cost of the entire truckload of milk, so each farmer’s incentive to maintain milk quality is high. Government data indicates that less than one tanker in 1,000 tests positive for drug residues, a sign that the system is working.
Farm Inspections are Routine
Inspectors from state regulatory agencies and milk processing plants make surprise visits to farms on a regular basis. These unannounced visits are just one more set of checks and balances to make sure animal living conditions are clean, milking equipment is being properly sanitized and the facilities in general provide a safe working environment for all.
Treating animals with respect and compassion is part of every dairy farmer’s heritage. Simply put, no dairy farmer can succeed without healthy and content cows. Farmers recognize that good animal welfare practices lead to the production of high-quality, safe and wholesome milk, and they’re constantly seeking ways to improve the comfort of their animals.
Dairy cows are indeed the stars of the farm, and they are treated as such. Maintaining a healthy and comfortable herd of cows is job number one. Dairy cows receive regular visits from veterinarians, and farmers work to assure their cows’ comfort. Many dairy farms feature bedding made of white sand that makes for a clean and cool area where the cows can rest. Large barns provide shade from the Florida sun, and the combination of fans and sprinkler systems produce a cool mist. Farmers also make sure cows have their hooves trimmed, something they call a “cow pedicure.” Cows have all-day access to fresh water, and an animal dietitian creates diets to assure a cow gets exactly what it needs to function at its best and produce wholesome milk.
Dairy farmers rely on experts in nutrition for advice on feeding their cows. Dairy nutritionists recommend scientifically formulated and balanced diets that consist of hay, grains, protein sources and other vitamins and minerals. Sometimes the nutritionist incorporates recycled ingredients such as citrus pulp, brewers’ mash and whole cottonseed, which add valuable nutrients to the feed. Much of the feed is a byproduct of another industry. For example, Florida leads the nation in orange juice production, and all of that citrus pulp makes for tasty and nutritious feed for the cows, instead of ending up in a landfill. Another important part of a cow’s diet is water. Cows get thirsty and can drink anywhere from 25 to 50 gallons of water a day. As a result, farmers make sure their cows have access to clean water at all times.
Many of Florida’s farms utilize free-stall barns, meaning the cows are free to move about to eat, drink or rest whenever and wherever they like. These barns also provide shade and protection from the elements. Inside these barns, farmers provide comfortable bedding for the cows in the form of sand, wood chips, recycled shredded rubber or water mattresses. Most Florida farms also use a system of spray misters and large fans to keep the cows cool.
During milking, dairy farmers and their employees are constantly checking and monitoring their animals. Nutritious diets, comfortable living conditions and solid medical care are all part of taking good care of their animals. That includes regular veterinarian check-ups for the entire farm to keep an eye on the wellness of the herd. Vaccinations and prompt treatment of illnesses are among the many practices used by dairy farmers to ensure healthy herds. Cows are no different than people in that they sometimes become ill and require medical care. Farmers work with large-animal veterinarians, who can diagnose and treat an illness with the proper medication. Any cows that receive medicine to aid in a speedy recovery are removed from the healthy herd and won’t rejoin it until their milk tests free of antibiotics. Milk that tests positive for antibiotics is not permitted in the food supply and is immediately discarded.
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