When I was starting my dairy farming project, I had a clear objective in mind: I wanted the dairy farm to run on modern guidelines, treat it as a process-oriented business instead of a lifestyle and have time to pursue other projects as well!
The details as to why I wanted a dairy farm can be seen on this post here, but the problem with the advice I found on dairy farming in general, had the following two major problems:
- The advice I got did not suit an “urban lifestyle”. I do not have a village to go to and live life there! I wanted a dairy farm, run it REMOTELY so I can pursue and manage other projects as well! People usually told me that I had to live at the farm, stand on top of the staff to ensure they’re doing their job etc. It was good advice, please note, but it was coming from people who did not do the business like I wanted to do it.
- or advice was centered around a “rich businessman”! Especially the person heading SMEDA casually told me that if I did not have 50 lac of rupees, do not do dairy farming! WHAT!? I obviously did not have that kind of money but such advice was very, very problematic as it suggested that it is NOT POSSIBLE to start a dairy farm in Pakistan with smaller investments.
As you can see, I was in a fix at the time! Both sets of advice were given based on their own experiences, and it was not something I wanted.
So I just went ahead and found teachers who had done what I wanted to do! I suggest you find those people too. Actual dairy farmers who have done what you’re trying to do. In my case, it was harder to find such people, but once I did find them, I am glad to report, that it worked out just fine. Alhumdulillah!
I wish you the best!