Dairy cows enjoy air-con luxury in Qatar’s desert

Dairy cows are the unlikely inhabitants of huge air-conditioned sheds in the deserts of Qatar. A dairy business is aiming to provide the country’s milk after trade boycotts from Saudi […]

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By Jonny Bairstow

Dairy cows are the unlikely inhabitants of huge air-conditioned sheds in the deserts of Qatar.

A dairy business is aiming to provide the country’s milk after trade boycotts from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain cut off its supply.

Baladna Farm, located about 55 kilometres from the capital city of Doha, uses the structures to keep the animals and their milk cold – outside temperatures can go as high as 48°C on the farm.

Currently, 1,800 Holstein cows make up the herd but the goal is to reach 14,000 cows in the near future.

Their manure will be used as a rich source of sustainable fertiliser and could even have other purposes in the region.