Dairy Farming in Southern Chile is not unlike farming in New Zealand except the returns are much better
Dairy farming has lots of potential in Southern Chile. Already one New Zealand dairy company called Manuka amongst others has got itself firmly established. Seventy per cent is owned by five cornerstone investing families, including the Van der Heyden family, and Mark and Diane Townshend of Fonterra fame.
Since establishing operations in early 2005, Manuka has now established itself as a significant foreign investor in Chile’s dairy industry. So much so that Manuka now milks 25,000 of Chile’s total dairy herd of 450,000. Compare that to New Zealand’s total dairy herd of 4,500,000 and you can appreciate the potential for growth in the industry. The farms are on similar latitude to Palmerston North, although the climate is probably more akin to Southland’s.
The farms comprise 22,500 hectares, of which only 8,000 are currently being milked off. Current production is 105 million litres per annum, with a view to increasing that to 250 million litres by 2020. Chile is truly the sleeping giant of the dairy world, with a great temperate climate to grow grass, cheap labour, and is politically stable.
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