Posted on July 17th, 2009
They started with 2,000 cows imported directly from Australia, and in the years that followed the mother cows gave birth to more than 3,000 offspring. Now, this farm in Lanao Del Norte who has a population of more than 5,000 heads of cattle is the biggest dairy farm in the country today.
The diary farm is owned and managed by the Lanao Foundation Inc. (LFI) in coordination with Lanao Del Norteâ€™s provincial government. Chief of the provinceâ€™s veterinary office, Dr. Usodan Samporma said the diary farm received a lot of help from the Dimaporos.
He said, â€œThrough the able leadership of Rep. Abdullah Dimaporo, former governor of Lanao Del Norte, the dairy was birthed and it is now a reality. It was pursued by his wife Imelda (former governor) and his son, currently governor of the province Gov. Mohamad Khalid Dimaporo.â€
In connection with the dairy farm, a milk processing plant has been constructed at the Bangaan, Sultan Naga Dimaporo (formerly Karomatan). â€œThe milk processing plant can operate 24 hours a day with a capacity of 72,000 liters of milk from 20,000 head of cows,â€ Samporna said.
Every morning, 103 cows produce 344 liters of milk. The milking parlor located at Barangay Barakayo, Sultan Naga Dimaporo which is about four kilometer away from the milk processing plant. Samporno said the milk is distributed to a milk feeding program covering Lanao Del Norte, Cagayan de Oro and other neighboring provinces.
LFI also entered into an agreement with Land Oâ€™Lakes (LOL), the biggest milk cooperative in the world. With the said tie-up, the dairy farm will be more aggressive in distributing the milk in the entire island of Mindanao.
One of the provisions of the agreement is for LOL to supply LFI with cow breeders from the US, and they will buy the cowsâ€™ offspring from the dairy zones which they established. One dairy zone will be put up in Luzon and Visayas. Mindanao already has the LFI.