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The world’s largest integrated Al Safi dairy farm is one of the most attractive sights for tourists to visit in Al Kharj.
Arriving at the Farm
The trip to the farm takes 1 and half hours of traveling from Riyadh to the side area of Al Kharj.
- Al Safi dairy farm location.
While you enter the parking of the farm, tourist buses wait for you up to the capacity of 40 tourists at a time.
Entering the farm
The farm administration provides you with a guide as well who enhances your knowledge regarding farm activities and segments.
The internal area of the farm territory has to be traveled through tourist buses arranged by the farm administration.
Anyone who wants to visit the farm to observe milk preservation and packing processes going on in the world’s largest farm is warmly welcomed by management unless there are some security issues.
Inside the farm
Once you are ih the Al Safi dairy farm, you will expose to a new world full of natural environment and livestock. It gives an outlook of a village full of cattle with the latest machines implanted everywhere.
Security and hygiene arrangements are highly advanced inside the farm which employs qualified experts and the latest technology. The guide will explain to you a brief history of the farm with revolutions and developments that occurred over time.
How big is Al Safi Dairy Farm?
The farm was established in 1979 under the ownership of Prince Abdullah Al Faisal who purchased 6,500 cows straight away from the Netherland and imported them into Saudi Arabia.
Initially, it was not possible for livestock to maintain survival in Saudi Arabia due to hot and dry weather conditions. The Prince brought the best breed which could survive even intense weather conditions.
With the passage of time, the farm increased the number of cows from 6,500 to 50,000 Holstein cows. The half-breed is adult and produces high-quality milk and meat whereas the rest of the population is based on calves.
Mating of Cows at the farm
The mating process of cows is also advanced at Al Safi Dairy farm. Cows are impregnated in artificial ways so that maximum female cows can be produced.
The hormonal and chromosome balance is controlled by artificial means so that male cows or bulls are produced in limited quantity.
A Higher number of female cows produces a higher volume of milk whereas male cows are kept under careful consideration until they become 7 months old.
At the age of 7 months, male calves are sold to meat companies to be sold in the market for meat consumption.
Young cows are kept in special care unit 29 kilometers away from the farm where milk-producing cows are kept. The milk generating area of Al Safi Dairy farm is known as the milking parlor. Until calves are recognized as male or female they are properly caged.
Only female cows can move freely on the farm. A veterinary doctor keeps on checking cows each hour to ensure the quality of health. The feed of cows is imported from UK, Canada, and the US.
How much milk do cows produce?
On daily basis, a single cow produces at least 40 liters of milk. The cows who give more milk are treated as VIP cows and produce up to 70 Liter of milk each day.
The farm has gone into a partnership agreement with the French company Danone. The major brands of Al Safi farm are Danette, Safio Activia, Danao and Actimel.