Zimbabwe has a dairy cow population of over 30,000 dairy cows. Holstein is the primary breed, but there are also Jersey and Red cows and some local breeds in Zimbabwe. Crossbreeding is also very common and works well for those who practice it. Dairy businesses are growing; however, milk production needs to be higher to meet the rising demand for dairy goods, putting pressure on food producers.
“Zimbabwe has good possibilities for the dairy industry if the political situation allows it to happen,” says Ajs Kirk, herd manager of Red Dane Farming, VikingGenetics’ distributor in Zimbabwe. Originally from Denmark, Ajs moved to Zimbabwe almost 50 years ago with his family. His father, Wolle Kirk, was a Danish farming pioneer in Zimbabwe that many still remember.
“Local milk production is too low compared to the consumption, and that’s why there is room for new dairy herds. Milk can be produced in an intensive system as we do or in an extensive system, which we also have on our farm,” adds Ajs.