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Straight on to milk galore!


Milk production is becoming an increasingly popular branch of the Russian farming sector. The shortage of raw dairy materials and, hence, the high demand for and price of the end products make this business particularly attractive. 

By Yulia Salkova

The EkoNiva-Chernozemye and Molvest companies have held a joint Field Day dedicated to efficient dairy production methods. Molvest is a major milk processor with dairy production facilities of its own. EkoNiva-Chernozemye is a leader in the supply of imported farm equipment, including for fodder procurement. Thus the theme of dairy production was addressed in different aspects.

As revealed by Anatoly Losev, Molvest director general, they were urged to take up animal husbandry by the shortage of domestic high quality raw materials and lack of support from the state. 

“In Russia today 16 million tonnes of milk are supplied for processing, but consumption exceeds this figure by a third,” says Anatoly Losev. “The gap must be filled by our own production. This is all the more reasonable considering that we have all the terms and conditions for this. Our purchasing price for milk is higher than in Europe.”

Arkady Ponomaryov, the founder of Molvest, noted that the current situation in the world and, hence, the still harder work in the field of food security of our country, have given farmers a new chance. Today there are all prerequisites for turning the branch, considered until recently as dead weight on any farm, into a profitable business with highly efficient production.

The guests were introduced to modern technologies at the new dairy facility of the Novomarkovskoye LLC farming enterprise, with livestock numbering 3,000 milch cows kept loose. Once it reaches the designed capacity, it will turn out 22,000 tonnes.

As Vladimir Pulin, Novomarkovskoye LLC general director said, the varieties of cattle chosen for the complex, Montbéliard and Jersey, ensure high productivity and maximum calving rate in addition to superior fat content of 4 to 6% and albumen of 3.5 to 4.5%. Today the average milk yield per head is around 7,000 litres. As early as next year, this is expected to grow to 8,000. The fodder supply is crucial for the growth of milk yield. Having studied many proposals, the farm opted for fodder procurement equipment from EkoNiva-Chernozemye.

This was shown in action, i.e. twelve John Deere machines and systems, from tilling tools to fodder procurement complexes.  

The JD R450 self-propelled mower fitted with the JD 955 reaper (operating width 5.5 m) appealed to guests thanks to its high operating speed of up to 25 km/h. As noted by Eduard Ivanov, head of the sales department, this green “little bird” will outdo, in terms of production, many towed and mounted mowers. Even the “butterfly” type of mower with an operating width of 9 m is inferior to it.

The JD 1745 (16 row) drill plants out without gaps and twins due to the unique design of the MaxEmerge XP sections. Fitted on it are capacious fertiliser bins. The drill moves equally well across all types of soil.

The guests chose the JD 2623 disc harrow as the best tilling aid for seeding fodder crops. This implement has different grip widths (up to 15 m). The JD 2623 frame is very strong, with a good deal of redundant strength, like all the operating subsystems of the machine.

John Deere tractors with capacity from 129 to 430 hp performed as traction suppliers.

“We decided to pool the two companies’ efforts to demonstrate the advanced technology solutions available for fodder procuring,” says Ivan Vorobyov, EkoNiva-Chernozemye executive director. “We accompanied this with demonstration of modern milk production for the farmers not only to convince them that it is possible, but also to supply them with maximum information on the subject, and to enable them to exchange expertise and discuss the issues of mutual interest.”

After the event the guests shared their impressions.

“Today everyone understood that doing dairy business profitably is quite realistic,” says Arkady Ponomaryov, founder of Molvest and a State Duma deputy. “However, we must move towards abundant milk production on efficient equipment. In my opinion, EkoNiva-Chernozemye supplies farm machines best suited for the Russian farms. It’s to the company’s credit that it offers precisely what is needed by each individual farm. I should also point out the servicing provided by EkoNiva-Chernozemye. It is among the best available in Voronezh oblast and beyond.”