EkoNiva, the most prominent raw milk producer in Russia and Europe, has started operating in the Northwestern region of the country where the holding has acquired an agricultural asset in Volosovo district, Leningrad oblast.
Peterburgskaya Niva is now operating on the premises of OAO Trud enterprise which has been specialising in producing extra class milk for 65 years, it is also engaged in crop farming in order to provide feedstuffs for its own herd. The total agricultural land area is approximately 3,900 hectares. The enterprise is one of the largest milk producers in Leningrad oblast — their daily milk yield is about 20 tonnes. The total herd size is 1,580 head of Holstein cattle, of which 760 are dairy cows. The herd is housed in Zimititsy village in a modern dairy equipped with the Swedish equipment DeLaval.
‘Leningrad oblast is the ninth Russian region for us’, says Stefan Dürr, President of the EkoNiva Group of Companies. ‘First of all, we find this area attractive because of its high economic value for Russia and elevated buyer interest for dairy products. As we entered the Northwestern region, we significantly approached our strategical objective — becoming the first integrated producer that can offer high-quality dairy products covering the territory of the entire country.’
In the future the company plans to expand substantially its local raw milk production in the Northwestern region. Apart from purchasing more land areas and farms, EkoNiva is going to build two new modern dairies in this region until the end of 2022. The main short-term goal is producing around 200 tonnes of raw milk per day for Saint Petersburg and Leningrad oblast. Considering such an increase in milk output, it might be necessary to build its own processing plant. Meanwhile, EKONIVA treats will be supplied to Leningrad oblast from Voronezh and Kaluga oblasts. The products are to enter the chain stores of the Northern capital and its vicinities within a few weeks.
By Tatyana IGNATENKO