Boosting Meat and Milk Production
Belarusian and Russian specialists have started implementing a Union State program “Animal Feeds”
Raw Materials are Paramount
The practice shows that the existing animal feed production in Belarus and Russia cannot meet the growing demand of livestock, poultry and fish producers for high quality and balanced feeds. This requires new advanced solutions, technical upgrade of animal feed plants and extensive research.
To this end, Belarus and Russia have come up with a Union State
In 2015, Belarus is expected to export $7 billion worth of farm produce, up 2.5 times over this year’s target. This is a very ambitious task taking into consideration that the agricultural export is dominated by meat and dairy products. Almost 60% of Belarus’ dairy products and up to 40% of meat products are sold abroad. Therefore, it is clear that Belarus has to boost meat and dairy production in order to meet this target. This requires high quality feeds. Russia is facing a similar challenge. Meeting domestic needs for high quality meat and dairy products and poultry also necessitates producing local high quality animal feeds.
program “Development of promising resource saving, eco-friendly technologies and equipment to produce biologically balanced animal feeds (“Animal Feeds”). The program was approved at the session of the Union State Council of Ministers in Moscow on 15 August.
This program was initiated by agricultural scientists and ministries of our countries. Russian and Belarusian specialists came to the conclusion that we are facing common problems and have common views on modernization of our feed plants. Therefore, we could unite our efforts to address technical and technological issues in feed production, Director General of the Scientific and Practical Center for Mechanization of Agriculture, Candidate of Sciences Vladimir Samosyuk said.
At present, the need for biologically balanced animal feeds in Russia is estimated at 46 million tonnes per year, in Belarus 7.5 million tonnes. However, the feed plants of the two countries produce only about 29.2 million tonnes, including 4.7 million tonnes in Belarus. The deficit in animal feeds is obvious, to say nothing of their quality and composition.
Other challenges facing the industry include a deficit in protein feedstock, inadequate processing of secondary raw materials and wastes of the food and agricultural industries. The needs of the domestic feed production sector are met only by 60-65%; part of fodder grain is fed to cattle without making any feeding plans, which leads to excess consumption of feeds.
The animal feeds we produce contain from 65% to 80% of fodder grain, while in the U.S. the figure stands at about 50% and in the developed countries of the European Union at 38%. Nevertheless, the meat and milk yield of animals fed to foreign animal feeds is higher because these feeds contain vari-
After renovations, Kletsk Animal Feed
Mill can process grain with increased moisture content. All product parameters
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