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.
As promised, one more piece of information from Lindel Whitelock, and this time about reproduction program on the dairy farm «Larson Acres» (Evansville, Wisconsin). Thanks to this program they have high productivity and a sufficient number of calves to repair their own herds and for sale.
Denis Sergienko, Counseling Center ADM
You can only manage what you can measure.
Peter Drucker Ferdinant
My own history with a comparative economic analysis of milk production began in 2013, when I worked as the head of an agricultural enterprise. It was interesting to compare our farm with the other, which may work more effectively. And it was not just the operating parameters (eg, milk yield), but also the cost of production, the level of conversion costs for feeding in revenue from the milk and others.
In Ukraine the relation to growing calves of dairy breeds for meat is unambiguous. Yet a lot of farms fatten them. We decided to talk about the North American experience of keeping and fattening animals in this category.