In the presence of Andrey Travnikov, Governor of the Novosibirsk Oblast, the facility named "Elban" was officially opened after a construction period of about one year.
The facility includes six stalls for 1,000 dairy cows each, two large milking carousels for 72 cows each and a high-performance cooling system for 240 tons of milk.
At full capacity, Elban achieves a milk output of around 180 tons per day. Another smaller facility for 3,550 dairy cows is currently being built in the region. This will increase the number of dairy cows of the Group in the Novosibirsk region from around 12,900 today to around 17,000 by 2020.
By the end of 2019, the annual milk yield of the group is expected to rise to more than 800,000 tons.
The new facility will create around 170 new jobs. 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 15 facilities in seven regions in Russia, with a total capacity of around 50,000 dairy cows. All facilities are subject to the Russian government's subsidy program with non-repayable subsidies as well as low-interest investment loans that are fully financed.