An exclusive genetics partnership has been entered between VikingGenetics and Arla Foods to help meet Nigeria’s growing demand for dairy commodities.
The deal will allow Arla, which launched its dairy farm in Kaduna State recently, to use 100 per cent X-Vik sexed semen from VikingGenetics bulls in the herd.
By exclusively using sexed semen, the outcome will be even more VikingHolstein heifer calves to expand the herd. In the near future, heifers could also be sold to other farmers in Nigeria for them to benefit local production further.
“Arla aims to increase the cows’ milk yield, and introducing Nordic cattle genetics into the Nigerian market can unlock much of the untapped potential in the country’s dairy industry,” the Export Manager for VikingGenetics, Mr Seppo Niskanen, said, adding that, “Together, Arla, VikingGenetics, and Livestock Genetics of Africa have selected the right bulls to achieve this.”
Ahead of unveiling its new farm in Kaduna on May 26, 2023, VikingLivestock imported 216 Danish VikingHolstein heifers on May 9.
The heifers, which will be inseminated with 100 per cent sexed semen from VikingGenetics bulls, are housed at a brand-new facility focused on animal welfare and house up to 750 dairy cows.
The cows were brought into the country to help meet the growing demand for milk.
Nigeria has one of the fastest-growing populations in the world, putting pressure on food producers’ ability to meet the demand of nearly 40 per cent of the current market for milk and milk products.
“VikingGenetics is honoured to support Nigeria’s agricultural growth and is eager to participate in this long-term partnership. We are delighted to bring our robust and healthy Nordic dairy cattle genetics to Nigeria,” the CEO of VikingGenetics, Louise Helmer, said.
“With a daily production of 30 to 40 litres of milk, VikingGenetics’ breeds can benefit areas where farmers experience average yields of 1-2 litres daily. Helmer added that this would greatly help farmers and their communities, increase yields, boost income, and enhance access to nutritious food,” Helmer added.
It was gathered that this collaboration would involve the delivery of livestock, semen, and expert advice, ensuring that Arla and the Nigerian farmers receive a complete, ready-made solution.
This provides the farm with high-quality genetics and animals with high milk yields that will support dairy production in Nigeria for years.
“With this project, we share our knowledge, create an economically viable off-take market for local milk and show a way for the future of Nigerian dairy farming,” Arla Farm Manager, Snorri Sigurdsson, stated.