|Technical Guide for SMEs in the Dairy Industry (CDI, 1999, 74 p.)|
|PART 1 - DAIRY FARMING|
In practice, dairy farming is a delicate process. The cow and the feed are the major elements. In effect, the cow only yields what you put into her.
The best exotic dairy cow, if poorly fed, will produce a quantity of milk comparable to that from indigenous breeds. A good diet is required, adapted to the cows output.
Dairy-farming policy is synonymous with genetic improvement programme, where the biotechnological tools have a select place.
Finally, a close watch must be kept on the cows environment, since the slightest disturbance acts as an inhibiting factor on milk secretion.