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Russia Turns to Technology as Herds Decline

09 March 2009

RUSSIA - Russia is one of the world's fastest growing dairy markets but declining cattle numbers are starting to limit further growth. That means the Russian dairy industry is turning to technology to boost productivity.

Half of Russia’s milk is produced on small farms and private households. Most government support for the dairy industry has been focused on larger players – with more than 2000 cows, reports Russia Today. But increasingly its being realized that with a little technology small can be beautiful, said First Deputy Prime Minister, Viktor Zubkov.

“We need to have standard projects for small farms and private households. It can be a small project of 20,30 or 100 cows. We need new technology, and we are ordering that here in Sweden at Delaval.”

The Delaval company has over 130 years of history specializing in high technology for the dairy sector. A computerized system shows key milk data, and enables every last cow to be monitored.

With a declining dairy herd, Russia needs to increase the productivity of every cow to maintain the total production levels. Russia is looking to Sweden for advanced technology to make it's dairy sector more efficient.

TheCattleSite News Desk


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