“We do sell Montbeliarde cow milk in raw form. We also process it into yoghurt, butter and cheese. There are many milk shortages. I no longer need to send employees to collect milk in the surrounding villages.
I have had this ambition for over 10 years. I started dairy production with local cows. It takes a tremendous amount of energy to get something close to nothing. So, I took upon myself move on with hybrid dairy cows. I went to buy them in the city of Banyo. The villagers had been able to make crosses. The result by now has been standing tall. Two hybrid cows account 35 litres per day in Maroua, 20 in the morning and 10 in the evening. My dream is coming true, thanks to support from government through PRODEL and the World Bank.
If the hybrids give me at least nine litres of milk per day, I am not afraid of saying that this figure is multiplied by at least two. In fact, this is already the case. I get 20 litres of milk a day. But there was a prerequisite. It has to do with plenty water and feed conditions. I am trained and know what to expect. These are demanding dairy cows. From my previous experiences with other breeders who own the same cows in France and Senegal, I know what it is all about. It is unbelievable to disappoint the government. This is a very strong act in favour of the rural world. Our suffering was exacerbated by the import of milk powder. However, the government should not abandon us. We need continuity in terms of technical monitoring and health surveillance.
The efforts made with the maiden non-performing cows will be enough to guarantee success with the Montbeliarde. We went for the Montbeliarde breed because of the same microclimate with Senegal. There are several breeds. But the Montbeliarde adapts best to our environment. It’s good to have these animals. But their management is draconian. They produce according to both their health and diet. We have increased the amount of fodder fields.