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In Saudi Arabia where summer temperatures can exceed 120 degrees Fahrenheit, it's difficult to imagine a successful dairy farm being operational there. This is because milk can quickly spoil and breed dangerous bacteria at high temperatures. However just north of the Saudi capital in the heart of the desert lies one of the world's largest dairy farms called Almarai. Read More
The Almarai Company maintains a dairy farm with a herd of over 60,000 Holstein-Friesian cows, which is one of the best breed of cows in the world. Holsteins can comfortably produce an average of over 10 gallons of milk per day and this is the quota that Almarai's cows are expected to produce each and every day. However, to keep the cows producing in such extreme temperatures, the company has to create an oasis in the desert. They ensure the cows are extremely comfortable year round using state-of-the-art technology.
The Almarai diary farm provides sheds for the cows that are equipped with fans and state-of-the-art misting and air sprayers which are necessary to keep the cows cooled to a target range of 70 to 75 degrees. Simply spraying the cows down with water can create very harmful conditions, so a lot of forethought had to go into designing the farm, and the cows are treated like royalty.
If a cow can no longer produce its daily quota of of approximately 10.6 gallons per day then it's not hard to guess what eventually happens to the cow. The cow becomes hamburger meat.
Almarai's formula for treating cows like royalty has allowed them to become the largest vertically integrated dairy company in the world. They realize that "happy cows" produce lots of milk, which is similar in many ways to our life. As long as you and I "produce milk" which essentially means working hard, we will be treated well no matter where we are. However, if we stop producing milk or our quota falls too far from expectations, then we will essentially become hamburger meat, just like the cows on the dairy farm.
*The photo used is courtesy of Hamburgerbed.com.