On April 2, top managers of John Deere (USA) paid a visit to EkoNiva.
Timothy Murphy, Global Director of Large Tractor Product Line at John Deere, and Dennis Docherty, Vice President for Sales and Marketing for John Deere in Europe, North Africa and Middle East, accompanied by Sergey Didenko, Head of Russian branch of John Deere Agricultural Holdings, Inc., visited Verkhniy Ikorets dairy (Voronezh oblast).
Stefan Duerr, Director General of EkoNiva-APK Holding, Ramon Schenk, Deputy Director General for Production of EkoNiva-APK Holding, Bjoerne Drechsler, Deputy Director General of the management company EkoNiva-Tekhnika Holding, and Ivan Vorobyov, Executive Director of EkoNiva-Chernozemye, welcomed the honourable guests and gave them a tour of one of the region’s leading dairy farms.
‘The first thing that catches my attention is the people’, says Dennis Docherty. ‘What I see here is a great passion for their trade, a deep understanding of how the farms operate and a wealth of experience. Being a diversified company – engaged both in hi-tech agricultural production and farm machinery dealer activity, EkoNiva stands out in the market. Besides, the company makes substantial investment into the social sector and the education of young specialists, providing an outstanding example of a business that contributes significantly to the prosperity of the country. I have to say I am really impressed with Stefan Duerr’s outstanding ability, which has enabled him to set such a powerful business up in such a short period of time, by masterly tapping into all the opportunities available. It is a great honour for us to cooperate with such a company.’
Stefan Duerr showed the partners around the dairy, where they got insight into the herd management system with the help of DairyComp Herd Management Software. The guests also took a look at calves in their hutches and their housing conditions. They even witnessed the birth of a Holstein calf.
After the tour of the dairy farm, the parties discussed the specifics of applying precision farming technologies in EkoNiva, saw the John Deere AG-DATA Integrator service in action and outlined ways of partnership in the near future.
‘EkoNiva impresses us both in terms of the scale of production and the technologies that are being adopted there’, says Tim Murphy. ‘Since the launch of the first dairy farms, the company has come a long way and created a highly efficient production model, which is constantly being improved while being promptly implemented in each new project.’
According to Timothy Murphy and Dennis Docherty, the innovative technologies, which are being successfully introduced by EkoNiva in dairy farming and crop production, provide the company with the opportunity to set world-class production standards.
By Aleksandr KUTISHCHEV