May 25, 2023

Girolando crossbreeds pave way for dairy revolution in Nigeria

Isese Festival

By Emeka Anaeto

FrieslandCampina WAMCO has announced the successful crossbreeding and birth of 25 Crossbreed Girolando calves achieved locally across various farms in Oyo, Ogun and Kwara states.

The company said this development spearheads a production revolution and transformation of Nigeria’s dairy sector.  
The announcement made by the dairy company’s Executive Director, Corporate Affairs, Ore Famurewa, explained that the Girolando breed is a composite of ‘Milking Gir’ from Brazil and Holstein Friesian from the Netherlands and has produced tremendous results for many decades in Brazil, leading to its transformation to a world power in dairy production. 

“In addition to having a high milk yield, the Girolando breed is heat-tolerant, tick-borne disease resistant and possesses other characteristics ideal for production in tropical countries like Nigeria.

The Girolando calves are the first generation of a new high milk-producing breed in Nigeria” Famurewa said.