Foresight Engineering implemented the Importation of 9500 pregnant heifers in a three-phase project. The dairy development project aimed to move Sri Lanka towards self-sufficiency in local milk production by improving the local dairy industry and also to make the rural economy stronger.
The infrastructure of the Bopaththalawa Farm Complex was enhanced in 2012 to meet the needs of the 2000 pregnant heifers imported from Australia and also to improve the efficiency of daily operations by the establishment of a fully integrated dairy system.
Phase 2 of this project saw the NLDB Ridiyagama Farm newly constructed with a state-of-the-art dairy farming facility with fully automated milking parlors & infrastructure facilities to make it became Sri Lanka’s largest dairy farm. 2500 pregnant heifers were imported to this farm upon its completion in 2015.
In 2017, 5000 pregnant heifers were imported from Australia & New Zealand to be distributed amongst 68 farms in the districts of Kandy, Nuwaraeliya, Matale, Kurunegala, Vavuniya, Puttalam and Badulla. This phase of the project targeted the establishment of a sustainable small to medium commercial dairy enterprise by developing farms with modern concepts and good farm management techniques.The Importation of Dairy Animals Project enhanced the existing facility to a state-of-the-art dairy one that would support the new heifer and bull calves, which also benefitted local farmers as they expanded their own dairy farm.
This project was backed by Wellard Rural Exports (Pvt) Ltd, Australia.
9500 high breed, heifer cows were imported to support the local economy.
Three phases of the project were completed in 2012, 2015 and 2017 respectively.