Masserie Saraceno e Az. Agr. Bochicchio


Still uncontaminated landscapes


High quality milk produced, bottled and sold within the same chain.

A happy example of how proper nutrition of animals, along with careful management of the stable and business processes, can contribute to a successful growth of the dairy company.

“Masserie Saraceno” began with about 30 Friesian cows imported from Canada in the early seventies, now it has a herd of about 510 cattle in the barn and 225 are milking cows.

The Bochicchio Farm initially dedicated its work to the cultivation of fodder. Today, it is an advanced farm with a very modern dairy plant.

The farm Masserie Saraceno is a modern livestock enterprise with 160 hectares of fodder autumn-winter cover ( oats and rye grass) and spring –summer cover(corn and grass). Dedicated completely to the care for their lands, their animals and a safe and wholesome milk supply has lead this Dairy Farm to expand and grow into a successful reality.

It is the path taken in 40 years of the history of Masserie Saraceno, a large cattle farm in Atella (Pz), founded by Domenico Saraceno, who now leads it with his son Marco.

Domenico Saraceno is an important figure of the lucania livestock, in the years when the Basilicata region lived the era of the Friesien cows, Domenico Saraceno founded his enterprise Masserie Saraceno importing the Friesien cow from North America.

The merit goes largely to him for the growth of the company and the passage of the dairy milk plant.

Now, in collaboration with his son Marco the company has continued to expand, increasing and obtaining the completion of the milk supply chain.

Many professional figures contribute to the growth of the company among these is the most faithful the vet Dr. Felice Sassano.

Nowadays, Domenico is presently involved in running the fields. Instead, his son Marco runs the stable, biogas plant,the milk chain and dairy production. He works with his sister Paola who handles the business comunication and marketing sector.

Azienda Bochicchio Rocco, is a farm located in a town called Filiano. The Farm has always cared for the breeding of dairy cattle: currently they breed around 120 heads of Italian Friesian and Jersey cows.

The founder Vincenzo Bochicchio gave the company to his son Rocco who now leads it with his own son Vincenzo.

Following the footsteps of those who came before them, from one generation to another, it is very simple to figure out the success of our milk supply chain FATTORIE DONNA GIULIA.

Each cow of the two farms, produce 30 litres of milk thanks to their qualified experience in the field of farm management.

The animals raised on the farms are diveded into homogeneous groups according to their age and weight.

This kind of organization gives us the possibility to follow a correct nutrition in a precise way and adapt it to the real needs of all the animals.

The growth and success of the two farms is due also to the importance given to careful rations for the animals.

Thanks to the collaboration of expert nutritionists who guide us in choosing the best raw materials that make up the daily ration for the cow.

We raise all our cattle in free housing, but with a distinct difference between milking cows and the rest of the herd.

Milking cows are bred on bunks in the main body of the barn, directly connected to the millking parlor, separating primiparous cows from multiparous ones. The separation is due for two reasons: first, to diversify and take care of the feeding of the two gruops and to avoid that the first time mothers suffer the effect of the social hierarchy between animals.

In each bunk soft rubber mats are placed, covered by straw and renewed periodically.

Instead, the other heads of cows, from young cattle of various ages to dry cows, are stationed in collective boxes on deep litter with straw, that is added every other day and renewed completely every week, in order to ensure the best hygiene for the animals.

Only the calves are housed in individual boxes, until two months of age, that is, until weaning and they are fed twice a day with reconstituted milk powder.

Instead the calves from the 120 days to 8 months receive a specific animal feed for their growth needs based on a mixture of hay, grass, silage, triticale and raw materials such as soybeans and corn, according to the physiological needs of the group and the period of the year. Even the group of heifers from eight to ten months are fed with specific feedings according to their specific needs.