Even though Ukraine produced 10.3 billion kg of milk in 2017, or 1.5% of global milk production, only 4.3 billion kilograms or 42% of this milk is processed due to farm holding size, milk quality, and milk collecting logistics challenges.
The dairy industry is a priority for the economy of the Netherlands. The country exports 85% of its dairy products and occupies 20% of the world market in this segment. The Dutch know well how to efficiently produce high-quality milk, they are not afraid of competitors, and for the sixth year willingly share their experience and innovative technologies with Ukrainian farmers. This year, the Netherland experts were accepted at Kischentsy LLC in Cherkasy region on September 18.
Manure is a by-product of milk production, and sooner or later each farm faces the problem of its utilization. Sergey GRYAZNOV, director of sales in the North, Central and South America and Central Asia of the BAUER group of companies, tells about world practice and trends in manure treatment methods, as well as the feasibility and peculiarities of using its solid fraction for bedding.
In 2017, the average annual milk yield in LLC Veleten in Sumy region reached 11300 kg of milk per milk cow. To this result, the farm went gradually, honing the technology. It was possible to get acquainted with them during the National Farm Day - on August 28 the dairy complex opened the doors for everyone.
Happy villages, where business executives work, who care about the community. These include Denikhovka, which is in Tetiiv district of Kiev region. Oleg Balagura was born and lives there, the head of the State Enterprise «Shekhchenkovskoe».
The last two years, the topic of an additional source of profit for milk producers - fattening cattle dairy breeds - is actively discussed at various Ukrainian events. So, in November last year during the exhibition Ukrainian Food Expo the first congress of producers and exporters of beef Ukrainian Beef Congress was held. Then the participants even received a business plan for the fattening of the bull calves and a business plan for the organization of the slaughter and primary cattle processing complex developed within the framework of the special project of the FAO and the EBRD.
Feeding highly producing cows, and especially during the transition period, is still a real challenge for farmers and nutritionalists. How to maintain high productivity, health, and the ability of cows to reproduce?
On August 6, a training seminar for veterinarians of dairy farms was held in Uman. The event was organized by Association of Milk Producers in cooperation with Milk Quality Control Laboratory UmanLabs and Estonian University of Natural Sciences.
In previous issues of the magazine, we talked about the value of ensiled pressed beet pulp and the economic feasibility of its use in cattle feeding, based on the results of research and practice of German dairy farms.
We used to consider foreign experience as reference and take it as an example. Meanwhile, in Ukraine, there are a number of dairy-commodity farms that have reached production indicators of the world level, including reproduction.