I have gone to my friend Santhosh Singh’s farm before, but quite a lot has changed since our visit. First, Santhosh gave it name — Amrutha Dairy Farm. But later decided to not put up signs anywhere. Why? We’ll get to that later.
Amrutha Dairy Farm is located in Haalenahalli, Madhure Hobli, Doddaballapura.
I mean, here’s a map of its location.
Beyond that, all I can say is: good luck finding it on your first try!
The weather seemed nice for this visit
It is a bit of a challenge to find the farm, but if you follow the direction path highlighted on Google Maps, you can get there with relative ease if you use your phone as a GPS device.
We parked inside the farm. This is the farmhouse Santhosh and his brothers built.
The dairy farm was set up nearly 4 years ago. The initial plan was to setup a milk processing center, but when Santhosh realized the heavy investment that was required, he realized it would be better just starting off with just producing milk for the time being, and slowly ramp up.
Santhosh *only* has around 30 cows
Santosh is parallely working on a heifer rearing project (heifer is a young cow before she has had her first calf). This is to contain the operational costs on the business, such as drought in the area for consecutive years. So yeah, like many Indians, even these guys suffer from water and electricity problems. They also have a hydroponics system which can produce very nutritious green fodder (up to 1ton per day) and this was built completely from scratch by them after taking technical help from some guys in Europe and New Zealand.
Hydroponics is a method of growing plants using mineral nutrient solutions, in water, without soil. They have such a facility in the farm.
They feed the cows a hybrid napier grass grown at the farm and maize procured from nearby farms along with prescribed nutrients
This might look like a lot of cows but only 6 cows are ready to produce milk
The farm has some extra land which Santhosh and his brothers are contemplating how to best make use of.
When word spread about Amrutha Dairy Farms, a Netherlands-based group came to India and approached Santhosh to join hands with the farm to set up a milk processing plant to produce products like khova, paneer and cheese. Continue reading “Visit to Amrutha Dairy Farm, a learning experience” »