With the extreme climatic conditions in
these desert countries where the temperatures in summer soar
above 55 Deg C and drop down to 5 Deg C in winter, with bone
chilling drafts. In spite of such adverse weather conditions
and with severe shortage of cultivable land and water resources,
the kind of commercially viable and world-class Integrated
Dairy Farming activity these countries are carrying out is
beyond anyone's imagination.
Saudi Arabia has 3 giant dairy companies
viz. Al-Marai Company Ltd., Al-Safi-Danone, and Al-Nada Dairy,
who not only cater to Saudi national dairy products requirement,
but also are major exporters to other Middle Eastern countries.
Let us see the profile of Al-Marai Company Ltd. headquartered
in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Largest integrated dairy company in
the world with a total herd size of 45,000 Holstein Friesian
cows (pure bred) on their 3 farms.
- Operates the largest dairy processing facility (1.5 Million
Largest dairy and foods company in
the Middle East, with a 40% share of the fresh dairy market
concentrating on the production and sale of high quality
fresh dairy food fresh laban, fresh milk and fresh yoghurt
as well as a wide range of processed cheese, butter, juices
- Employs more than 4,000 staff drawn from more than 30
Almarai is the first dairy farm in
the world to gain ISO 9002 accreditation. Voted "World's
Food Plant of the Year 1998" by the US-based "Food
The Almarai Dairy System concentrates
on animal well being through top-class husbandry techniques,
feed patterns and content, health and fertility schedules,
coupled with environmental control and world-class stockmanship
skills at farm level.
The pedigree herd of Holstein Friesian
Cows is fed top quality forage, which is grown on the
Division's own arable farms, and a range of concentrates
on a zero grazing basis. Forage is grown in 8,000 hectares
of desert under modern irrigation systems.
Another giant dairy in Saudi Arabia, Al Safi
Danone is a part of the Al Safi organization, which owns the
world's largest integrated dairy farms at a measurement of
7,500 hectares with more than 30,000 Holstein Friesian cattle
reared on one single farm. These figures have helped the company
reach a world record-breaking title and being entered into
the Guinness Book of World Records.
Al-Nada Dairy from Saudi Arabia has similar
Integrated Dairy Farm and has been rearing around 19,000 Holstein
Al-Rawabi Dairy in Dubai and similar ones
are successfully carrying on the integrated dairy activity
on inconceivable scale in Abu Dhabi, Oman and Kuwait.