Dairy farming is a form of agriculture for long-term production of milk or other dairy products. It may also include the breeding of dairy cattle. Dairy farmers may produce raw or processed milk or a variety of dairy products. They may also raise calves for sale or slaughter. Dairy farmers must manage the health of their cows and must ensure that their facilities are safe for human handling and animal welfare. They must also maintain the proper quality of their milk and other products.
A dairy farm has to meet high production standards to be profitable. Modern dairy farms use sustainable practices to improve the productivity of their herds and reduce the environmental impact of their operations. These practices focus on plant and soil biodiversity, which promotes healthy ecosystems and helps achieve high-quality milk products with less agrochemical input.
Life on a dairy farm revolves around the milking parlor. Each lactating cow will visit the parlor at least twice a day to be milked. A great deal of engineering goes into designing milking parlors and machines to increase efficiency; every second saved in milking a single cow adds up over the herd. Centralized dairy farming developed around towns and villages where residents could not have their own cows or did not have enough grazing land to keep them.
The Botany at Dairy Farm was designed by DP Architects, one of Singapore’s most recognisable practices. Their past projects include the People’s Park Complex and Golden Mile Complex. They have also designed several developments in the Hillview area, including Midwood and its neighbours, 8 St Thomas, Frasers Tower, Woodleigh Residences and Dairy Farm Walk. This particular development is situated in the Outside Central Region, where you’ll find landed homes, condominiums and public housing. It is surrounded by Cycling Paths and Nature Walks that allow you to explore Chestnut Nature Park, Zhenghua Park or head up to Dairy Farm Quarry and Bukit TImah Nature Reserve for some challenging hiking.