Dairy farming

EkoNiva-APK is the leader in milk production in Russia and Europe. In 2021 the milk yield reached over 1 million 117 thousand tons. Holding’s operations produce about 3,200 tonnes of milk (as per 01.05.2022).

Dairy production

Five livestock breeding enterprises are engaged in milk production. The total herd is about 220,000 head (as per 01.05.2022), including 112,000 dairy cows.

Over the past few years, the company has launched 40 high-tech free-stall dairy facilities including a robotic dairy. Existing dairy farms have been reconstructed and upgraded using the most cutting-edge livestock breeding practices.

EkoNiva’s livestock breeding operations manage Simmental, Brown Swiss, Holstein, Red-and-White cattle. The young stock is on open lots, in individual hutches and group igloos. Close attention is paid to the quality and composition of feed. Standardised and balanced rations for the livestock are made with consideration of their lactation performance and physiological condition.

Milking takes place in herring-bone, parallel, rotary and robotic parlours. All milking parlours are fitted with cooling equipment. The herd is managed using Dairy Plan software ensuring total control over the dairy herd.

Efficient feeding of the herd is carried out using Eko.Feed software of EkoNiva.

Specialists working at EkoNiva’s livestock breeding enterprises upgrade their qualifications on a regular basis by taking trainings on dairy farms in Germany and Russia and visiting the largest domestic and international trade shows.

99% of the milk produced by EkoNiva is sold at a premium (the top class, by quality, in the Russian classification system). The milk is processed and sold under the company’s own brand EKONIVA as well as supplied to third party processors, among them Danone Group, ZAO Molvest, АО Tulsky molochny kombinat, ООО Liskinsky gormolzavod, Foodland Group, DMK Group, LP Syr Starodubsky, АО Belgorodsky molochny kombinat, AO Zolotye luga, ZAO Umalat, ООО AGROMOLKOMBINAT Ryazansky, Trading Company Kiprino, АО Progress, ООО Agrofirma Optina (Kozelsk milk processing plant).