The state-of-the-art dairy farm by Watawala Dairy Limited (WDL), a 100% subsidiary of Watawala Plantations, is a Board of Investment (BOI) registered project and is situated in Watawala, Ginigathhena in a 50-hectare land. The project commenced in March 2016 as a pilot project called ‘Lonach Farm’ with 120 cattle, three cow houses and a milking parlour.
Watawala Dairy Limited imported 246 heifers directly from Australia and New Zealand in 2018, and 928 cows were purchased from the Government of Sri Lanka in 2017 at a concessionary price under an agreement to develop the local dairy industry. All cattle purchased are high yielding, of superior genetics.
Today, the farm manages a herd of 1, 600 dairy cattle (1000 adult cows and 600 heifers). Out of the total cattle, 800 are milking cows, and 200 are dry cows. Furthermore, the company has employed two veterinary surgeons to attend to animal health.