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EuroTier 2014, a magnet for real pros


EkoNiva has participated in a major international animal husbandry exhibition, EuroTier 2014, held in mid-November in Hannover. The company display stand presented EkoNiva-Farm, an agricultural holding company which is a leader in Russia’s milk production and supplier of stockbreeding equipment. EkoNiva-Tekhnika brought to the exhibition over 50 customers to familiarise them with the latest achievements in animal husbandry.

By Svetlana Weber

Controlling the farm by a single device

There were really things worth seeing. Two hundred seventy technologically new products, the best animals and latest software drew in the guests like a magnet.

Ulrich Huelman, FEA Farm Technologies executive director, said at the press conference that despite the crisis milk production in the world will continue to grow, which is why the company is putting its bets on the development of integrated system solutions for all areas of dairy animal husbandry. His words were proved by the innovative products that won awards of the EuroTier exhibition.

The 365 FarmNet software won a silver medal. This makes it possible to integrate all the production-related data in crop production, veterinary, milking, feeding. The data can all be analysed by the farm management using a single software.    

Another “silver” went to the cooling system of the animal recreation area. Fitted under the ledge is a pipeline for circulating water which cools down the animals’ body. This eliminates thermal impact, enhances animal comfort, increases the milk yield and saves up to 75% of electric power as compared to traditional cooling by a fan.

Full automation

Russian farmers displayed a keen interest in the GEA Dairy ProQ automatic carousel system. It needs no milkmaid presence since each milking unit is a separate module with a robotised arm.

“In case of a breakdown or replacement of the equipment, the entire carousel can be left running,” says Anatoly Nosulenko, EkoNiva-Farm sales department manager. It suffices just to close one unit, dismantle the equipment and carry out the maintenance. So it really looks like the servicing of the future.” 

Incidentally, next year EkoNiva-Farm plans to install such a carousel system with 72 units at one of the Kaluga oblast farms.

Endless perfection

To everyone’s joy, other manufacturers of equipment also came up with new products.  Fligel demonstrated its popular ASW trailers fitted with stainless steel sideboards instead of zinc-coated ones, which makes it possible to use the machine in more aggressive conditions. Also on display were new 8 to 10 animal transport trailers. The John Deere Company presented an updated cabin of a fodder combine harvester and the Korn Crackle new grain added threshing machine. The latter essentially improves the throughput capability due to cone-shaped rollers. At the BvL stand, the Russian guests watched a new towed fodder mixer with a self-loading unit. JCB showed off its most powerful telescopic loader 560-80 with a lifting capacity of 6 tonnes and a boom length of 8 metres, as well as new small “telescopes” 516-40 and a frontal loader 435S with increased engine power.

After visiting the exhibition, Gennady Nepomnyashchy, Director of EkoNiva-Tekhnika expressed the common opinion as follows:

“Despite all the difficulties and adversities, farmers understand that re-equipment is inevitable. Procrastination equals death, for once they stop they will hopelessly fall behind.”  

But nobody is going to stop. After the exhibition, the farmers went to see some German farms, to familiarise themselves with new technologies in operation, and to discuss what they have seen.

In search of an ideal farm

The programme of EkoNiva-APK stockbreeders was just as fully packed. They were anxious to see the new products on the market, expand their outlooks and resolve some production-related problems.

The specialists held a number of meetings with companies participating in the tender to supply bull semen and animal breeding equipment. In particular, they were interested in integrated software for feeding and identifying the livestock. 

“We’re going to introduce the chipping of all animals,” says Valeria Serebrennikova, head of the pedigree department. “Here at the exhibition, we met with companies involved in production of chips, reading devices, software and other products that help us automate veterinary registration of animals.”    

Among the guests welcomed at the EkoNiva stand were students from Germany, Netherlands and Austria who wished to take probation training with the company’s farming divisions. They included our compatriots studying abroad. They wished to learn the terms of traineeship, open vacancies and prospects for subsequent employment. Incidentally, 20-odd foreign students are now internes getting practical training on the EkoNiva farms. 

With optimism

In the framework of the exhibition, a conference was held to discuss milk production in Russia. Company president Stefan Duerr noted that today the state is giving substantial support to Russia’s dairy industry and the prices are fairly high, which provides an opportunity to grow and develop. The optimism was bolstered by Airat Khairullin, deputy of the State Duma and president of the National Milk Production Union. In an emotional speech, he talked about the errors of the past and the prospects for the future.

“Since the founding of the Russian Federation, we’ve positioned ourselves as the suppliers of power resources. In 1991 though 2002, we actually ruined the dairy production sector. But in 2005 the value system was reconsidered. So today we are working seriously to replace imports. I’m sure that Russia will become an efficient farming power.”

Sergey Ivanov, director general of the Pakhma Closed Joint-Stock Company in Yaroslavl oblast said:

“The exhibition convincingly shows that the current trends in the development of equipment are automation and robotics. Each year it becomes smarter. A new class of tractors comes along, economically effective, with highly productive and environmentally friendly engines. This cannot fail to impress!”

Alexander Plyakin, AgroTekhGarant deputy director general and agricultural project manager added:

“I’ve watched the automatic carousel system with interest and quite liked its cooling and milk storage systems, as well accessories for calves in the calving section. These new technologies substantially increase productivity and reduce the role of the human factor.”