Vietnamese milk producer’s hi-tech cow farm certified as Asia’s largest

The dairy cow farm of Vietnamese milk producer TH True Milk has been acknowledged as the biggest in Asia

Vietnam’s Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat (R) gives the third-class Labor Medal to a representative of TH True Milk on behalf of the state president during a ceremony at the Vietnamese firm’s headquarters in the north-central province of Nghe An on May 16, 2015.

The India-based Asia Book of Records organization on Saturday recognized the dairy farm of Vietnamese milk producer TH True Milk as the biggest hi-tech cow raising facility in Asia, with a certificate granted during a ceremony at the firm’s headquarters in central Vietnam.

The Vietnamese milk producer had to compete with many contenders from China, Mongolia, India, and Middle East countries to win the title of Asia’s largest hi-tech dairy cow farm, Dr. Biswaroop Roy Chowdhury, general director of the organization, said at the ceremony in Nghe An Province.

The large size of the herd and the application of technologies provided by Israel, the U.S., and Europe in raising cows and managing the farm gave TH True Milk a very big advantage during the evaluating and voting process, Dr. Chowdhury said.

After reviewing the track record of the firm in association with a field survey and actual evaluation from experts on dairy farms in Nghe An, the organization finally decided to bestow the certification as the biggest hi-tech dairy cow farm in Asia on TH True Milk, he said.

Earlier this year, the Vietnam Livestock Association nominated TH True Milk as a candidate for that Asian record.

After drawing a comprehensive comparison with all dairy farms in Asia, the organization confirmed in February that it would certify TH True Milk’s as the biggest hi-tech dairy cow facility in Asia.

The US$1.2 billion dairy farm, put into operation in October 2009, applies automatic and professional cow raising technologies from Israel and a veterinary management process of New Zealand standards.

Currently, the farm has 45,000 cows, of which more than 22,000 are lactating at 30-40 liters per cow every day.

It aims to raise 203,000 cows by 2020. 

TH True Milk was honored at the same ceremony with a third-class Labor Medal conferred by the state president for its operations and contribution to the community.

Thai Huong, chairperson of TH Group that owns the TH True Milk brand, was included in the Asia's Power Businesswomen 2015 list of U.S. magazine Forbes.

Huong was the newest representative of Vietnam in this list after entering the milk business in 2009 with a commitment to change the nature of the industry in the country, according to Forbes.

Since that year, her TH Group has invested $450 million in importing and raising cattle to produce clean milk using Israeli technology.

The group is rearing its cows on an 8,100-hectare area and planning to raise the area to 37,000 hectares, Forbes said.

TH estimated that its 2014 revenue exceeded $200 million with a market share of one-third of the domestic fresh milk business.

Huong, 57, began her business in 1994 and is the founder of Bac A Commercial Joint Stock Bank. Today, she is still the chairperson of the bank.

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