The fifth stop on the The United Soybean Board See for Yourself Program’s visit to PROAN, an enormous agricultural enterprise located in the northeastern part of the state of Jalisco, Mexico, was at the group’s dairy operation.
Genetics and selection, according to management at PROAN’s dairy farm, are key to success. Every effort is made to keep the 5,000 head dairy operation as sanitary as possible. The cows are artificially inseminated and calve at two years of age and from then on, one calf every year.
There are 2,307 cows for milking purposes. Cows are milked three times per day, twenty-four hours per day, with production of 75,000 liters of milk per day. The milking process is automated, with a fifty-rour stall rotary parlor for milking the Holstein cows. All the milkers wear gloves. The cows are dipped before and after milking and wiped with cloth towels.
The milk is pasteurized and shipped to both Dannon and Alpura processing plants.
Cows at PROAN are milked for 7 years.
Cows are fed corn sileage and alfalfa.
The size, efficiencies, biosecurity practices and composting practices at PROAN are impressive.
There simply weren’t enough hours in the day to see the entire PROAN operation. We saw a presentation on the swine operation but did not visit it. We were told that PROAN’s swine operation consists of 45,000 sows, with an average of 22 pigs per sow per year. One unit, according to our hosts, had a 26-pig average.
It is interesting the extra steps PROAN is taking to be sanitary and biosecure although in Mexico, many are not legally necessary. To say PROAN is an impressive operation would be an understatement. Many of the participants in the USB See for Yourself Program marveled at the attention to detail and sheer size and scope of the operation.
PROAN is distinguished for its efficient transportation system, which is known as “JUST-IN-TIME.” Close attention is paid to logistics and specialized equipment to ensure prompt delivery of products. PROAN’s central location makes marketing products in 26 states of Mexico with delivery time of only 24 hours doable.
Our final stop on the PROAN visit was at a beautiful hacienda where our hosts fed and entertained us well.
The main course? Your choice of pigeon, chicken or lamb taco. Most tried some of each. Our hosts treated us to some traditional Mexican candies to end the meal – and day – on a high note!
The mariachi band played lovely music while we enjoyed our meal and conversation.