EkoNiva-APK is one of the leading agricultural holdings in Russia. Agricultural enterprises of the company operate over 460,000 ha (as per September 1st, 2018) in Voronezh, Kursk, Novosibirsk, Kaluga, Ryazan, Orenburg and Tyumen oblasts. The total workforce engaged in agricultural production amounts to approx. 9,420 employees.
Dairy farming is the company’s priority area of activity. EkoNiva-APK is one of the largest milk producers in Russia and Europe. The daily output of the company amounts to approx. 1,500 tonnes of milk (as per December 3d, 2018). In 2017, the milk yield reached 300,000 tons. The total livestock population is approx. 130,000 head, of which 63,000 head are dairy cows (as per December 4th, 2018). State-of-the-art livestock handling technologies and efficient herd management ensure rapid increase in production volumes.
Pedigree and Beef Cattle Breeding
Farming enterprises of EkoNiva-APK are engaged in breeding pedigree cattle of Simmental, Brown Swiss, Holstein Black-and-White and Red-and-White, and Hereford breeds.
The beef cattle enterprises involve natural pasture grazing of suckler herd until the young beef cattle reach 6 to 7 months of age with subsequent sale to feedlot operations. The total beef population is 6,300 head, including 2,000 head of breeding herd.
With over 20 years of experience on the Russian seed market, EkoNiva-APK is a leading seed company specialising in field crops. The company produces approx. 30,000 tonnes of certified seeds of cereals, pulses, perennial and annual forage grasses annually. Cooperating with leading plant-breeding institutions based in the USA, Europe, and Russia, it offering farmers the world’s best genetics, which has been subjected to rigorous testing in EkoNiva’s fields. The enterprise is an active member of the plant breeding community. EkoNiva-Semena is a member of the National Seed Growers and Seed Breeders Association of Russia The company works in successful cooperation with other seed-growing enterprises and state executive and legislative authorities to improve the legislation regarding seed breeding and growing and to protect intellectual property, thus contributing to the development of the Russian variety and seed market.
EkoNiva’s crop growing industry is mainly aimed at production of feed for the company’s own livestock. In addition, the agricultural enterprises cultivate cereal, pulse and industrial crops. The gross yield of grain in 2017 reached approx. 278,640 tonnes (including grain corn). The company intensively employs precision farming and other advanced technologies to ensure high yields while maintaining soil fertility.
The company has four milk processing plants in Voronezh, Kaluga and Novosibirsk oblasts, where it produces a wide range of exclusively natural dairy products under the Academy of Dairy Sciences and the Big School Break brands.
The Academy of Dairy Sciences agritourism project aimed at popularization of milk, healthy lifestyle and careers in agriculture is underway in Voronezh, Kaluga and Novosibirsk oblasts. Over 6 years, 40,000 children and adults have visited EkoNiva’s farms.
One of EkoNiva enterprises in Kaluga oblast is engaged in organic farming. It grows field crops and beef cattle. All the products conform to Regulation No. ЕС834/2007.
The company does a lot to enhance staff qualifications and to attract young specialists. Regular training and education abroad, favourable working conditions and an efficient system of incentives ensure high potential of the company’s team of employees.
EkoNiva-APK takes an active part in the social life of rural communities. The company supports sports clubs and educational facilities for children, takes an active part in cultural events and invests into village infrastructure projects.