About the project

  • Contact Details: Mr. Gugulomuzi Ngcobo
  • Client: Summerhill Dairy Farm
  • Category: Milk Production
  • Address: Stapylton-smith@futurenet.co.za
Summerhill Farm is a dairy farm located in Donnybrook, about 20 km outside of Ixopo. Mr. Ngcobo, the farm owner, bought the farm in 2003 through private purchase and initiated a dairy enterprise in 2009 using his own funds. The farm is 123 hectares in extent and currently milks 140 cows, with 60 heifers in calf, five bulls and uses artificial insemination for production. Furthermore, the farm is planted to 20ha of yellow maize, 11ha of rye grass and kikuyu pastures with a potential carrying capacity of 300 cows. The ADA assisted this dairy farm by providing amongst other things animal feed to mitigate against the impact of drought, construction of a 20 point herringbone dairy parlour with bulk tank room and vet room, supply and installation of milking equipment and construction of stock handling facilities and access road infrastructure. The ADA intervention resulted in the farm obtaining higher milk yields from the improved pastures and stock watering and has peaked at approximately 2 500L per day under the current herd size of 160 cows. The milk from the farm is supplied to Creighton dairies as input stock and is packaged and processed into various products for the retail market. The dairy farm now has 13 employees who are milking cows, performing farm maintenance and general work.