The Extensive Bush Dairy

The Extensive Bush Dairy (E.B.D) incorporates a simple trailer as the milking parlour. It is run on natural pastures or veld using cross-bred cattle that can survive in a harsher environment than pure-breds. Milking machines can be fitted for a big herd, but hand milking is recommended to begin with.

Extensive Bush Dairy at milking time

Feeding inside the Extensive Bush Dairy

Milking in the Extensive Bush Dairy

Extensive Bush Dairy cows

The E.B.D. will naturally improve pastures as a result of cows moving to different grazing spots every day, fertilising the ground wherever they move with their manure. Cows will have very few cases of mastitis as they are moving around and there is no chance for bacteria to build up, and their hoof health will be preserved.

Production with cross-bred cows is lower than with pure-breds, but the maintenance and start-up costs of the Extensive B.D. and of cross-bred cows are much lower than for the Intensive B.D. or a traditional parlour that uses pure-bred cows. Irrigation is also not required which is a major saving.

The E.B.D and M.A.R.S pens for raising calves can be set up in one day, and moved easily to where the best pastures are. An E.B.D is a good step for a small-scale farmer wishing to progress to a medium-scale level.

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