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by CityVista
on 14/1/20

Imported cattle were soon found to be infertile and riddled with disease

A number of Sri Lankan dairy farming families have been left devastated after investing in a fresh milk scheme which saw the import of dairy cattle from Australia and New Zealand. Dozens of cattle in local dairy farms have died following a government brokered import deal with Australia’s largest cattle exporter, Wellard Ltd, which Sri Lankan dairy farmers say, has left them broke and desperate.
Following the import of the heifers, farmers were faced with grave issues including low quality of cattle, low dairy yield, inadequate technical support from Wellard, and in many cases, death of the imported cows.