Anatoliy Artamonov, Governor of Kaluga oblast, undertook a working visit to Ferzikovo district. The governor visited several agricultural, industrial and social objects, including Kaluzhskaya Niva.
The company is building several large-scale dairies and reconstructing Koltsovo dairy which will be used for housing approximately nine thousand head of young stock.
‘The reconstruction of Koltsovo dairy commenced in October, 2017’, says Aleksey Savenkov, Executive Director of Kaluzhskaya Niva-East. ‘We are planning to complete the work by the end of 2018. Boldasovka dairy (for 1,800 head) and Aristovo dairy (for 2,800 head) already operate at full capacity in Ferzikovo district. In October, 2017, we started building Sugonovo dairy (for 2,800 head). The construction will be completed in April, 2018. In February, 2018, we also commenced the construction of a dairy for 2,800 head in Bogdanino village.’
Young stock at Koltsovo dairy is raised in accordance with American practices, which are new to Russian farmers. ‘Previously, the calves stayed at the dairy for two months after birth’, shares Andrey Kamenskiy, Chief Herd Manager of Kaluzhskaya Niva-East. ‘Now all newborn calves will be transported to Koltsovo dairy where they will stay until they are 15 months old. The calves will receive 3.5 l of milk replacer and concentrates produced at our farms (ad lib) three times per day.’
Koltsovo dairy will employ 37 people. Currently, the company is hiring vets, AI technicians and farm workers. Thefarm will include five cow barns with the total capacity of 4,500 stalls, nine calf barns for 2,500 head, 2,000 individual hutches, a feed centre and a milk house for calves.
‘Currently, 1,100 Holstein heifers, which are to be transported to Sugonovo dairy, are kept in three barns of Koltsovo dairy’, continues Andrey Kamenskiy.
Anatoliy Artamonov commented on the extensive experience of Kaluzhskaya Niva in implementing modern technologies and underlined that the development of agricultural companies leads to positive changes in the rural areas: the number of working places is increasing and the demographic situation is improving. It means that people look into the future with optimism and are ready to work to achieve their goals.
By Darya DENISOVA