Agricore Holding shared experience of American cattle grazing technology

The issue of economy and profitability plays an important role in the American technology of cattle grazing. This was stated by Aleksandr Budnyk, the chief livestock production technologist at Agricore Holding.

“Speaking of the range-fed technology of breeding a specialized meat breed calf, the cost of one day with feeding goes within UAH 4-5 provided there is grass and mother's milk. Here he grazes for about 6 months and as a result, weighs an average of 240 kg," he said.

In his opinion, in case a calf is additionally fed, it may have a higher weight gain.

"But here the question of economics comes to the fore. Milk or a substitute of whole milk must be provided. A calf needs to be given a granule or feed instead. And I'm not talking about the salary of the worker who will water this calf and take care of it,” Alexandr Budnyk explained the mathematics of beef cattle breeding.

Agricore Holding total head of beef livestock is 6 thou. head. According to Yuri Gudz, the Head of the Livestock Branch of the Agrain group, the total number of livestock in Ukraine, including small farms, is about 30-35 thou. head at most.

The new infographic guide Agribusiness of Ukraine 2017/18 is available by the link.

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