Caring for cattle, from a kibbutz to China

08.06.2011                      6.Siwan, 5771                      Schawuot 1

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Caring for cattle, from a kibbutz to China

An Afikim-based dairy company exports its herd management technology to over 50 countries.

Pinpointing exactly how comfortable a cow is with her surroundings is critical to her resultant milk production, according to a kibbutzbased dairy farming company that has now exported its milking technologies to 52 countries around the world.
The company, AfiMilk, is run by S.A.E. Afikim, which until about a year ago was fully owned by Kibbutz Afikim in the Jordan Valley near the Sea of Galilee, since the firm’s establishment 33 years ago, according to company data. Producing electronic milk meters during its early years, AfiMilk now distributes advanced software systems that provide tools for farmers to manage every single aspect of their herd on site or remotely through the Internet, with details as precise as how much each individual cow has rested, explained Pinhas Gur, a sales representative for the company who also used to be a dairy farmer himself. The “herd management systems” also extend to sheep and goats, and even camels, he said….