Ekosem-Agrar, the German holding company of Russian milk producer Ekoniva Group, has built its largest dairy cow facility to date in Siberia’s Novosibirsk region.
With space for 6,000 dairy cows, the facility named ‘Elban’ will achieve a milk output of around 180 tons per day when at full capacity.
A smaller facility for 3,550 dairy cows is also currently being built in Novosibirsk. This will increase the group’s number of dairy cows in the region from around 12,900 today to around 17,000 in 2020.
In total, the Siberian EkoNiva subsidiary now employs more than 1,000 people with three dairy farms and its other agricultural activities in the Novosibirsk region.
Stefan Dürr, CEO and main shareholder of Ekosem-Agrar, said: “The newly constructed facility in Novosibirsk is one of the world’s largest and most modern dairy cow facilities. We are thus setting standards in terms of efficient milk production and can almost double our milk output in the region to approx. 400 tons per day.”
The group is currently building a total of 15 facilities in seven regions of Russia, with a total capacity of around 50,000 dairy cows.
Last year, Ekosem-Agrar launched its EkoNiva dairy range, consisting of products such as fresh milk, kefir, sour cream, curd, butter, yogurt and cheese.
Ekosem-Agrar said it aims to address the growing number of quality-conscious Russian consumers with the range.
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