In A.G.R. Group told about the development of animal husbandry at the holding's enterprises

Volodymyr Zolotar, the head of the livestock development department, recently gave an extensive interview to the Poltava newspaper Zorya. In particular, it was about the development of animal husbandry at the enterprises of the holding A.G.R. Group.

First of all, Volodymyr Zolotar described the current state of affairs of the holding in the field of animal husbandry. Today there are three farms, the largest of which is Kharkiv, with 350 dairy herds, as well as in Lokhvytsia and Vovkivsky. The number of cattle on the three farms is 1,350, of which 665 are cows. A total of 55 people work in animal husbandry. There is also a feed mill, which produces 4-5 types of feed for their own needs.

Vladimir Zolotar also told how the farms of A.G.R. Group for 4 years.

“Our farm is a milk factory. We try to create comfortable conditions for both animals and staff. This is good lighting, natural ventilation, water pressure boosting stations. The latter are needed so that the cows are sufficiently watered - in the heat they drink up to 100 liters of water per day. All production processes (feed, cleaning, milking) are automated. We produce 11.5 tons of milk per day. The average milk yield before the heat was 21 kg of milk per cow per day, now decreased to 20. 4 years ago, the cow received an average of 4.5 liters per day. There were 515 cows, now there are 665. That is, in 4 years the number of cows has increased by 150. According to modern technology of keeping cattle, 80% of the diet should be mono-feed - silage, haylage, hay, straw, feed. In summer, we add fresh green mass, up to 7-8 kg per cow, 25% of the diet, ”says Zolotar.

Also the head of the livestock development department at A.G.R. Group told how it is possible to obtain products that meet modern requirements:

- There are really very high demands on milk producers now. The content of somatic cells, antibiotics, etc. is controlled. To get milk, the quality of which meets the conditions, requires a lot of work with staff. Training people is even more important than technology, so we train milking machine operators and locksmiths who service milk pipelines. It was at the Kharkiv farm that we installed an automatic milk line last year, which washes itself after milking. He collects water, controls the temperature, collects acid and alkali for washing. Refrigeration equipment is also washed automatically, without human access. Whereas before two climbed into the refrigerator and washed it with brushes, now it is enough to press two keys.

Our farms have milk blocks, the laboratory uses tests with the help of the Ecomilk device and indicators. The laboratory assistant in each trade and transport consignment note indicates the content of fat, protein, density and temperature of milk. We are very careful that after treatment with antibiotics milk does not get into the general hopes. There is a special test for each antibiotic.

The full text of the interview can be found here