With 80 cows and 20 calves Lilly leads her dairy farm venture to silver jubilee
Wayanad: Lilly’s Farm in Ozhakodi near Mananthavady in Wayanad is about to complete its silver jubilee. At a time when the farm completes its 25 years, Lilly, the person who started this venture will complete her 30 years in the dairy farming sector. In the long journey, Lilly has encountered many problems but her endurance nailed them all.
Lilly switched to the dairy farm when returns from black pepper and areca nut cultivation in nine-acre land plummeted. She bought 15 cows and started the farm.
However, despite her expectations and calculations, the fortunes were less in the initial years. She realized that dairy farming is not simple and it needs a rigorous approach. Lilly decided to get trained in it. She approached many veterinary doctors, farm owners, attended workshops, talked to experts and others to learn each part and parcel of dairy farming.
The learning process did not go in vain. Step by step Lilly understood the things and made her pursuit.
Now she is well equipped in dairy farming. She even knows how to make medicines and procedures during the pregnancy period of cows. Lilly has emerged as a professional in the field. She knows what works and what don’t. She could judge who get more yield from cows. With these lessons, she expanded the activities from the milk collection to various dairy products on an experimental basis.
When the number of cows increased, she mechanised the farm. She now owns a dairy farm brand producing products from the range of 900 to 100 litres of milk. It has a good reach in the market and online traction. The items include curd, paneer, buttermilk, ghee and butter.
Lilly by now has bagged two states and one national award for her achievements in the farming sector. She now is providing occupation for around 14 individuals. Both her children Tony and Telmy have joined with Lilly’s venture. According to Lilly, learning things technically is a must to prosper in the sector.