RUSSIA - In order to develop livestock breeding in the Primorye region of Russia, 660 dairy cows have been flown in from Germany.
The cattle was acquired by "GrinAgro", a large cattle-breeding complex located in Khankaisky area, reports ZRPress.
As reported by the regional Department of Agriculture, the animals were transported on four flights of Boeing 747-400 airplanes.
The aircraft can accommodate 165 cows per flight according to experts.
The animal unit of the breeding stock from Germany will cost about 260,000 rubles ($6,341).
The cows will come to Primorye with all the necessary documents. Upon arrival, the animals will be registered by the representatives of Rosselkhoznadzor (Federal Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance Service) according to Russian law.
The breeding cows previously imported in Primorye successfully acclimatised and gave the first offspring.
Each pedigreed cow can produce up to 10,000 pounds of milk per year which is three times higher than the average cow. This is three times as higher than the production at the average commercial farm.
Currently the regional agricultural sector forecasts the real prospect for filling the market of Primorye with high-quality dairy products.
The practice of the recent years has shown that one modern farm launched with highly productive cattle can increase the production capacity up to 10,000-15,000 pounds of milk. This is approximately the same as the current production of one or two areas.
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