The site was just bush and heavy forest, and an old spray race that used to breakdown every hour
In the Beginning
Milk was transported every morning fresh from the cows in milk cans on a small pickup and delivered to our sales shop at EAGEN house where people would come with all sorts of containers and have it measured by the litre and sold on cash basis.
The demand for our high quality, unadulterated milk was so high that it was sold out even before the pick-up arrived. People would come as early as 7am and leave their containers in line like they do at water wells, and a couple of hour after offloading the cans would be empty. The scene was always very chaotic, like a village marketplace because of the numbers and the amount of milk.
Our first deliveries used to be about 350-400 litres. We now process about 200,000 litres a day!
THE JESA STORY
50 local cows were brought from Bugerere to remove ticks from the grass
First herd of Friesian cows was airlifted from Holland (the cows refused to drink the swamp water and we had to carry water daily in jerrycans from Kampala until an underground borehole was dug)
Processing commenced with only full cream fresh milk, fresh cream and butter being offered
Imported the first automated milk parlor in Uganda from Denmark capable of milking 12 cows every 10-20 mins
Began taking in milk from other farms
Production of yoghurt commenced
Production of UHT milk commenced
Flavored milk introduced
Dairy Blend introduced
Planned major expansion commences