15 October 2014 - Nestlé has inaugurated the Dairy Farming Institute located in Shuangcheng, Heilongjiang Province in Northeast China. It is one of the company’s biggest dairy investments that will help modernise Chinese dairy farming practices to enable farmers to meet the country’s fast-growing milk demand in a sustainable manner in the years ahead. Nestlé is investing around CHF 30 million in the Dairy Farming Institute.
“We have a history of developing milk districts and the Nestlé Dairy Farming Institute is an extension of this,” said John Cheung, Nestlé China Chairman and Chief Executive.
With dairy operations in China for over 25 years, Nestlé has already established three milk districts in China, in Shuangcheng, Laixi in Qingdao and Hulunbeier in Inner Mongolia. China is one of the fastest growing markets for milk products globally and the market could almost double in volume by 2020 from current levels.
The principles and practices for Sustainable Dairy farming, within the Sustainable Agriculture Initiative Platform (SAI), will serve as a basis for the institute’s teaching curriculum and training activities; in addition to the expertise of Nestlé and its partners. The SAI principles and practices are aimed at responsible production of safe, quality-assured dairy products.
The institute will include classrooms, laboratories, dormitories, and three different sized training farms to facilitate the training courses. The institute expects to train around 700 students annually through 17 different course offerings.
The Dairy Farming Institute’s business partners are Alltech, Alta Genetics, Avery, Boehringer Ingelheim, East Rock, Elanco, Foester Technik, GEA, Goke•Storty, IFCN, Land O’Lakes, SCR, Zoetis, as well as academic partners at the University of Wisconsin Madison and Northeast Agricultural University in Heilongjiang Province.