According to Mikhail Mishchenko, Director of the Dairy Intelligence Agency, today the number of cattle is decreasing throughout Russia, both in small and large companies. At the same time, the overall growth of milk production recorded by the Ministry of agriculture does not mean anything, and the whole situation is nothing more than a serious systemic crisis in the industry, reports The DairyNews.
"There is a very serious systemic crisis. The reduction of livestock will lead to further devastation of agricultural land and reduce the market for crop production. The fact that in the USSR we exported less wheat than now does not mean that the situation is better - then all the wheat was used to feed 20 million cattle. Today, the number of livestock is much lower, and surplus forage is exported at a low price. This is a big mistake, because we do not produce food, but produce wheat, which eventually returns to us - milk, meat, and other products from livestock fed with it", commented Mikhail Mishchenko.
We will remind, earlier the Chairman of the Board of Soyuzmoloko. Siberia, member of the Board of the National Union of milk producers Soyuzmoloko, General Director of the holding MolSib Igor Eliseenko noted that in some areas of Siberia, due to the obvious lack of feed, farms with a low level of milk yield are likely to be forced to stop farming. At the same time, according to the expert, this will not have a big impact on the volume of milk production.