In the early nineties EkoNiva started its operations as an organic farm. Twenty years later, the company launched an organic project again. Since 2012, the project has been implemented in Savinskaya Niva in the Mosalsky district of Kaluga Oblast.
Key areas of activity: beef and dairy farming, crop production. Currently, the total beef herd numbers 750 head, dairy cows — 710 (as per 16.07.2021).
Beef cattle breeding is performed by cross breeding the low yielding local cows with Aberdeen-Angus bulls in order to improve their beef characteristics. The Company uses cost-effective housing and feeding technologies. In the summertime, the cows with calves are kept on open pastures restricted by an electric fence; in winter the cows are transferred onto spacious outdoor wintering facilities and weaned calves are transferred to the lots for raising and finishing.
At the moment, the company is developing productive long-term pastures and renovating outdoor wintering facilities and feedlots.
The company uses own-produced feed. In order to provide a sufficient forage supply, 13,100 ha of land (as per 16.07.2021) are used for production of organic cereal and forage crops. The priority is on organic farming technologies: minimal tillage, forbidden use of genetically modified seeds, crop protection chemicals and artificial mineral fertilizers. Instead, organic fertilizers such as compost and green manure are applied. The share of perennials and pulses in the crop rotation makes over 60% of the cultivated land of the farm, which is the reason to a high soil fertility level.
Prevention is the basis for animal health care. No antibiotics are used for treatment.
The farm has been supplying organic grain to Germany since 2016. All the products are certified in accordance with Council Regulation (EC) No 834/2007 and StO Agrosofia Standards.
2, Sadovaya St., Savino, Mosalsky district, Kaluga Oblast, 249930
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