One of our key priorities in social investment is to contribute to the development of our industry and support training activities aiming at overcoming skilled labor shortage in the industry. Thus we offer a variety of training opportunities to dairy farmers, students and entrepreneurs.
As of the end of 2017, a total of 18,736 people have attended training programs at our Training Centers and 31,739 people have visited the centers since the date they started their operations.
We are aware that dairy farmers need to gain financial strength by improving the quality and productivity in production operations so that sustainability can be achieved in dairy farming. With this awareness, we offer, as an integral part of our social responsibilities, dairy farming training programs free of charge to dairy farmers at the Dairy Farming Training Centers which we established in Karacabey in 1998 and in Aksaray in 2010 and share with them the necessary information, expertise and experience so that they can produce milk which meets high standards and achieve increased productivity.
Within the framework of the cooperation protocols that we signed with Uludağ and Aksaray Universities as part of University-Industry cooperation, we also cooperate with them for the training programs offered at our Dairy Farming Training Centers. Thanks to the Protocol that we signed with the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry in 2000, farmers can receive certificates approved by the Ministry at the end of their training. Thus, we have created one of the good examples of Public - University - Industry cooperation by incorporating also the public into this cooperation.
By offering training, we do not only contribute to the development of the industry and our country, but also aim to prevent risk of disease due to illegal production and poor production practices, manage potential risks in the supply chain and ensure that customers can consume higher quality milk and dairy products.
At our Dairy Farming Training Centers located in Karacabey and Aksaray, we offer practical and theoretical training to the participants on the following topics:
- Investment requirements in dairy farming
- How to grow fodder plants and feed, and management manure
- How to feed animals
- Biosafety in dairy farming, herd health and how to fight against animal diseases
- Birth hygiene and metritis
- Milking systems and raw milk quality criteria
- Farm income-expense accounting, government support for animal husbandry
- Protection of the environment, occupational safety
- How to record and evaluate data
In 2016, we started to organize one-day thematic trainings at the request of dairy farmers and people planning to invest in dairy farming.
So far we have organized training events on subjects such as how to design farms and shelters for dairy farming, how to take care of and feed animals, how to grow fodder plants and make silage, biosafety, herd health, etc. We also publish training materials and books on these subjects.
In 2017, we revised our training program and materials based on up-to-date information and the feedback received from our dairy farmers.
The survey conducted among dairy farmers in order to measure the impact of the training and to offer more effective training indicated that 9 out of every 10 respondents achieved a significant increase in the amount and quality of the milk they produced and therefore their income had increased as a result of the training.
Our Dairy Farming Training Centers located in Karacabey and Aksaray as well as the training farms within these centers are open to all visitors. People may visit the centers, directly observe the operations, and get information on the subjects on which they need information.
In 2017, we began to send text messages to 15,000 milk suppliers on a weekly basis to provide information on important subjects in the field of animal husbandry, animal diseases in particular.
As part of this practice, we sent 802,374 text messages to our dairy farmers in 2017. Our dairy farmers report that our training practices and informative text messages make positive contributions to their business processes.