Today the market of feed additives is very diversified and characterized by a high level of competition. Sometimes it is not enough just to offer good products. Agricultural producers hope to get additional value from the cooperation in the form of services, advice and other things, while the product itself becomes only one of the instruments of the general program solutions.
In a previous article we examined the causes and predisposing factors of the spread of mastitis in cows («Milk and Farm», № 1, February 2016). Violation of the veterinary and sanitary standards of housing and milking technologies underlie occurrence of mastitis, and the absence of timely diagnosis, isolation of sick animals and their treatment leads to the spread of the disease. Total economic measures aimed at reducing the incidence rate of cows with mastitis should include three main strategies:
In recent years, more and more Ukrainian dairy farms are looking for opportunities to reduce the cost of milk production. The largest item of expenditure is feed. No wonder that in the information publications there are a lot of materials about silage and haylage, because their quality is the key to the health of animals and regular yields. But the question of what corn is more useful for cattle — dry or wet — and how to store it, is not closed.
The ideal reproduction in high-performance herd is considered as follows: the service period — up to 85 days, conception rate after the first artificial insemination — more than 50%, conception rate — less than 1.7, and the duration of calving interval — not less than 390 days. Achieving these objectives is quite difficult due to a number of different factors. One of the conditions of survival of embryos and successful course of pregnancy is considered in the content of amino acids in the diet of dairy cows. About the results of various studies of this issue during the Eastern European Dairy Congress told the doctor of veterinary medicine, lecturer at the University of Illinois Phil Cardoso.
During Agroinvesforum, about which we have already mentioned in the journal materials, I asked Vadim Andrushchak, director of «Potinger Ukraine», about investment sentiment which now prevails in the market. Planned for a few minutes short interview quietly grown into a large and deep conversation, by which I was very impressed. I hope that the reader will not remain indifferent.
Independent Ukraine has set its sights on the industrial production of milk at the beginning of 2000. The starting point for many was a model farm and dairy holding school «Agro-Soyuz». Over time, new technologies have begun to take root in other Ukrainian farms. While some step by step moved forward, others argued, thought if to build or reconstruct, new farm — Ukrainian Milk Company (UMC) — quickly rushed in the history.
In each issue, we talk about the best international practices. This time, we share an experience of independent consultant from the United States Lindell Whitelock on example of a dairy farm Larson Acres. For many years, he accompanied the project and is convinced that the effectiveness of the farm is based on two things — the right personnel policies and successful reproduction. These issues will be covered in two materials, but first — PERSONNEL.
The Eastern Europe Dairy Congress was held from 2 to 4 March in Kiev. The main event in the dairy sector gathered more than 2,000 participants at the exhibition center «KyivExpoPlaza» — managers and specialists of leading dairy farms, authorities, commercial companies, dairy processing enterprises, industry associations, international organizations, financial institutions, embassies and the media. The forum gathered delegates from more than 20 countries, including the US, France, UK, Germany, Netherlands, Italy, Finland, Estonia, Poland, Georgia, Serbia, Kazakhstan and others. The event was organized by the Association of Milk Producers of Ukraine (AMP), Ukrainian Agrarian Council (UAC) and Dykun company. The Congress was supported by the Ministry of Agriculture, FAO and the EBRD. During the event the specialized exhibition on dairy farming was held which was attended by around 100 companies-market leaders.
What is expected from the fresh cows? A healthy calf, a good feed intake and high productivity, and at least five lactations. But transition period which is very important is not usually mentioned. What should be done to minimize health problems now and in the future to get the maximum production, and good reproductive performance, on the Eastern European Dairy Congress told Phil Cardos, the doctor of veterinary medicine, lecturer at the University of Illinois.