Establishing & Managing Commercial Dairy Farm training held at SADI
The course helped dairy farmers and potential investors get acquainted with various essential components of commercial dairy farm management and to acquire basic information to plan, establish and manage a commercial dairy farm.
Solve Agri & Dairy Institute (SADI) organized training course on “Establishing and Managing Commercial Dairy Farm” on April 26-29, 2017
The week long training course was attended by over 10 participants including farm dairy farm owners and potential investors. This training was also the continuation of SADI’s series of trainings on establishing and managing commercial dairy farm aiming to help dairy farming emerge as a profitable business. The course had an extensive focus on various issues related to commercial dairy farming including farm feasibility, management skills, feeding, breeding, housing, young-stock, health, waste management, cost price calculations etc. The course helped the participants learn the necessary functional dairy farm components including SOPs and KPIs of a commercial dairy farm and farming skills to be successful in the rapidly changing dairy farming industry. Senior trainers and resource persons having hands-on experience in the relevant fields were engaged to conduct the training while interactive and participatory mode of training also enhanced the learning process.
In order to give practical understanding, the farm excursions were also organized. Participants spent a full day at two different dairy farms including an open shed and an environment controlled shed that brought an opportunity for participants to practically observe and learn on various aspects of farm management in both types of housing systems.
The training concluded with the certificate distribution ceremony on Saturday evening. Head of Solve Agri & Dairy Institute, Dr. Muhammad Rasheed and General Manager Solve Agri Pak Dr. Waseem Shaukat were present at the occasion.
Expressing his views about the training, training participant Mr. Khuram Akram (who is a Businessman from Sialkot and is potential investor for dairy farming) said that he has been considering investing into dairy farming and for the purpose has long been looking for a platform to understand the complete details of this business. This training has substantially helped him achieve the level that he needed to be sure before making decision to go into this business. He appreciated SADI’s critical role in guiding the new comers into this business in a holistic manner where they are fully made aware of all pros and cons, opportunities and threats pertaining to this business. Another training participant Mr. Iqbal Mallhi (who is running his small dairy farm in Gujrat district) said that training has changed his approach towards dairy farming and now he is capable of transforming his business on commercial lines. He expressed his gratitude towards trainers and management at SADI for organizing such a wonderful training course. Another training participant from Muzaffargarh, Mr. Fawad Dogar (who is running his commercial dairy farm) said that the training has substantially improved his understanding towards modern dairy farming needs from an overall perspective, he has been extremely satisfied with the course contents, trainers and the way it was organized.
Speaking on the occasion, Solve Agri Pak’s General Manager Dr. Waseem Shaukat appreciated the participants from their active participation in the course. He emphasized the need of utilizing the learnings from this course in practical situations. He said that Solve Agri Pak has been significantly contributing towards human resource development besides being the most reliable one-stop solution provider for the livestock & dairy sector in Pakistan.
Later certificates were distributed among participants.
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SADI organized feedlot fattening training on ‘Farm Construction & Mechanization’
Four days training funded by USAID Agriculture Market Development (AMD) project was organized for feedlot fattening farmers in Multan.
Solve Agri & Dairy Institute (SADI), on behalf of USAID Agriculture Market Development (AMD) Project, organized 4 days training on “Construction of Feedlot Farm & Mechanization” for the feedlot farmers on January 24-27, 2017 in Multan. The specialized training was delivered for a group of 25 participants selected from 13 feedlot fattening farms in Pakistan with an objective to enhance their knowledge and skills related to feedlot fattening. The training focused on some of the important aspects including feasibility assessment for 500 animals’ feedlot farm, site selection, housing layouts, construction and farm mechanization for medium to large scale feedlot fattening business.
The training was facilitated and delivered by Solve Agri Pak’s technical experts and trainers including Dr. Muhammad Aleem Bhatti, Eng. Jamal Yousaf, Dr. Khuram Ihsan and Dr. Muhammad Rasheed. Participants were engaged through participatory discussions, group work, exercises, demonstrations and rigorous brainstorming sessions. This helped them develop firm understanding on feedlot fattening business’s core important areas of feasibility, construction and mechanization.
The training included both in-house sessions as well as field excursions at farms. Participants also had an opportunity to analyze and discuss several aspects for setting up a feedlot farm from the beginning. Practical demonstrations of various types of machinery that can be utilized by feedlot farms were also organized. Participants took special interest in exploring and learning about various types of machinery including Total Mixed Ration (TMR) wagons, harvesters, bailors, grinders & mixers etc. An on-site briefing was also arranged on operational matters of these machines. Participants also undertook various guided assignments during the training while they also delivered group presentations on the last day. Special evening sessions with meat exporters were also arranged on daily basis to enhance linkages and strengthen value chain.
The training concluded with the appraisal and certificate distribution ceremony held at Ramada Hotel in Multan Friday afternoon. Solve Agri Pak’s General Manager Dr. Waseem Shaukat and USAID AMD’s Livestock Consultant Dr. Dilshad Hussain graced the occassion. On behalf of the training participants, Mr. Iqbal Khan from Balouch Feedlot Farm Lodhran lauded the initiative taken by AMD project and executed by Solve Agri Pak. He appreciated the training methodology adopted during the training that helped in participatory learning. He declared the course as being the first of its kind that covered crucial aspects of feasibility and beginning of the feedlot farm. The course lead trainer and Solve Agri Pak’s expert Dr. Muhammad Aleem Bhatti appreciated the participants for their keen interest and involvement throughout the training program and wished them all the best in their successful ventures in feedlot fattening.
Speaking at the occasion, USAID AMD’s Livestock Consultant Dr. Dilshad Hussain said that the course was first among a series of training courses planned by AMD project for capacity building of feedlot farmers in Pakistan. He appreciated Solve Agri Pak’s team for successful execution of the first training course and anticipated that this training will add value in feedlot farming in the country. Solve Agri Pak’s General Manager Dr. Waseem Shaukat extended his gratitude to the USAID Agriculture Market Development project for providing this opportunity to Solve Agri Pak for organizing and conducting training courses for feedlot farmers. He said that feedlot fattening was a new concept in the country and had been slowly gaining momentum these days. Solve Agri Pak as the leading one-stop solution provider for livestock, dairy and related agriculture sectors has always been at the fore-front in new initiatives in livestock sector. This first and unique training, which will be followed by several other topics, will pave the road to success for feedlot farming industry in Pakistan, he said.
Later the certificates were distributed among training participants. Solve Agri Pak’s Capacity Building Manager Dr. Muhammad Rasheed presented the vote of thanks. It is worth-mentioning that next training will be held on “Selection and Procurement of Animals for Feedlot Farms” next month.
Mastitis Management Can Reduce Losses and Improve Profits at Dairy Farms
Mastitis Management seminar was organized in Lahore for awareness of dairy farmers about mastitis and its management.
As a part of Solve Agri & Dairy Institute’s awareness programs for dairy sector, a seminar on “Mastitis Management” was organized. This seminar was organized in Lahore in collaboration with Solve Agri Pak (Private) Limited and CID Lines. It was attended by a large number of key stakeholders from dairy sector including corporate & commercial dairy farmers, public and private sector institutions, dairy development & extension services organizations. Mr. Ronny Schelfhout from CID Lines presented in details about mastitis management, including its impact and strategies to manage mastitis at dairy farms to reduce losses.
Solve Agri Pak also launched in collaboration with CID Lines a unique mastitis management program for Pakistan dairy farmers at this occasion. Solve Agri Pak’s General Manager Dr. Waseem Shaukat outlined the key highlights of this mastitis management program and informed that partner farms under this program will be helped in managing mastitis & reducing losses through a unique set of tools, services and products.
SADI gets recognized by Skills Development Council
Solve Agri & Dairy Institute (SADI) has been formally recognized by Skills Development Council Punjab Lahore (National Training Bureau, Ministry of Federal Education & Professional Training, Government of Pakistan) as a formal vocational training institute with a mandate to provide trainings in the field of livestock, dairy & related agriculture trades. Speaking at the occasion, Dr. Muhammad Rasheed (Incharge, SADI) said that this recognition is a milestone that will help SADI to focus more on skills development and provide market oriented training courses to the general public along with the professional in-service capacity building.