Already Reports of a 15 Per Cent Increase in Crimean Cattle Herd23 October 2013
UKRAINE - Cattle numbers for the Crimea region have increased 15.1 per cent since the start of the year, official government reports show.
Major increases have also been reported across Zaporizhia, Mykolaiv, Khmelnytsky and Odesa, regions that have been historically low on cattle.
The year’s increase relates to both beef and dairy industries from the first of January this year, up to and including September.
Most of the increase came from beef cattle while a 0.8 per cent lift was seen in the dairy herd.
Expansion has been driven by government a policy to subsidies cattle purchases, this has been introduced to boost the livestock sector and subsequent scope for exports.
Agricultural Minister, Mykola Prysyazhnyuk said: “It is the large animal industry that needs help to attract private investment. This will improve the production technology, to increase the volume of livestock and livestock products, which ultimately will reduce imports. The State is also encouraging farmers to join cooperatives, through which you can also achieve these results."
Meanwhile, the national herd has increased 2.6 per cent overall to 5.2 million head. Reports have confirmed the Ukraine’s biggest cattle regions are Vinnytsia, followed by Lviv and Pooltava, all with over 300,000 cattle.
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