The team of the magazine «Milk and Farm» is always glad and ready to visit even the most distant corner of Ukraine, if they produce milk there. We are convinced that any dairy farm that operates and continues to develop under current conditions is worthy of attention. For this issue, we were looking for the experience of doing business from west to east, from Lviv to Kharkiv region, where in the Kupyansky district, in the village of Kurilovka, we got acquainted with the dairy complex «Nadiya». The farm is diversified, but dairy cattle breeding is one of the main activities. According to the results of 2016, 40% of the income was received from milk production.
Often the solution of the problem is very close, but we do not notice it. Moreover, we can even know it, but it is so obvious that we do not attach importance to it. The same applies to the dairy productivity of cows.
The dairy complex owned by LLC «Kishchentsi» (Dobraya village, Mankovsky district, Cherkasy region) is one of the most intriguing objects on the dairy map of Ukraine. The Dutchman Kees Huizinga manages the farm for many years. For the development of the dairy sector he hires foreigners.
In fact, the dairy business is the process of constant convertion of feed to milk. Unfortunately, the principle that «the cow eat less and give more milk, she should be fed less and milked more» does not work. Therefore, each farmer asks the question: how can the funds invested in the feed be turned into milk? How to improve the conversion of feed? Let’s look for the answer together.
A recent survey of dairy farms in Wisconsin, where cows milking more than 13.5 thousand kg of milk per cow, showed that not a high concentration of concentrates in the diet, but the quality of roughage determines the level of milk production.
Evgeny Krishtal, Project Manager, «High-Quality Silage Hybrids of Limagrain»
Reserves for improving the quality of corn silage are always there. The main thing is that the head and employees that are involved in the harvesting should know where they can hide.