A Closer Look at the Sophistication of Southeast Asia's Largest Dairy Farm in East Java

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Blitar, Suarajatim.com – PT Greenfields Indonesia has just started building its second dairy farm after 2 decades of successful operation of the first one. Built on an area of 172 hectares in the highlands of Wlingi Blitar, the location which is 1,100 meters above sea level is claimed to be the largest livestock farm in Southeast Asia. Not only that, this farm also uses the most modern technology today.

“The farm that we started is three times bigger than the first location in Gunung Kawi. When it operates in 2018, the amount of fresh milk production from the two Greenfields farms in East Java will reach 200 tons per day," said Edgar Collins, Managing Director of AustAsia Dairy Group, the company that oversees PT. Greenfields Indonesia.

Edgar Collins, Managing Director of AustAsia Dairy Group Edgar explained that to produce the best quality milk, happy cows are needed. For this reason, this farm is made in such a way as to pamper the dairy cows so that they feel at home in their cages.

Heru Prabowo, Head of Dairy Farm Indonesia, PT Greenfields Indonesia explained that the cowshed here uses a closed, ventilated cage system. In addition to shade, air circulation remains smooth (canal ventilation). This circulation is assisted by several fans both near the cage and from above. Interestingly all fans work automatically based on room temperature. And officers can also control it via an application from a smartphone remotely.

Second, Heru explained that later milking will already use the rotary milking parlor system. So that milking time becomes more efficient. Not only that, each cow has an RFID Number which is monitored computerized so that it is well recorded how much milk each cow produces. Cows become easy to know when it will be milked again with the best results.

In the cattle feed sector, delivery boxes have also been used which automatically provide measurable and efficient feed for cattle.

Cows also need a good lighting system. Pregnant cows require bright conditions such as 18 hours of daylight (adjusted for the origin of Australian Holstein cattle). Then the 200 lux lamp can be adjusted according to the condition of the cow. Light settings can also be controlled via a smartphone.

New dairy farm in Wlingi - located on 172 hectares of land with an investment of Rp. 600 billion - able to accommodate up to 9,500 dairy cows. The first phase, a total of 2,000 dairy cows will arrive in August 2017 and will be ready to be milked in February 2018.

The second farm in Wlingi is an environmentally friendly farm by using a biogas-powered power plant, purification and recycling of waste, recycling of sand for bedding for dairy cows, and the use of cow dung as fertilizer.

“In addition to implementing good manufacturing practices, livestock will also use the most modern and efficient equipment, systems and technologies available in the livestock industry in Asia, and even in the world; These include a rotary milking parlor system for a more efficient milking process, a tunnel barn for better cow comfort, as well as electricity from a biogas-powered power plant obtained from processing livestock waste,” said Heru.