Vietnamese dairy maker TH Group inaugurated a high-producing dairy farm in Volokolamsk district, Russia’s Moscow Oblast, on January 31.
The farm is the first of its kind for TH Group and part of a high-tech dairy farming and processing complex and food projects, worth 2.7 billion USD in total, in Russia.
It received the first 1,100 high-producing Holstein Friesian cows, imported from the US, on January 3. Milk productivity is expected at 11 – 12 tonnes per cow every 305 days, helping the farm produce 30 tonnes of milk a day.
Thai Huong, founder of TH Group, said her business will continue building farms and importing cattle to finish phase I of the project this May.
With total investment of 500 million USD, the project is set to cover more than 50,000ha and farm 45,000 cows. When fully operational, it will produce more than 234,000 tonnes of milk per year.
Aside from the dairy farm project in Moscow, TH Group is also building a dairy farm in Kaluga Oblast and plans to unveil the facility late in the first quarter of 2018.
The firm also signed agreements on investing in Tyumen Oblast and the Republic of Bashkortostan and is preparing to carry out another dairy project in the Russian Far East.
According to Russia’s National Dairy Producers Union, there were 8.25 million dairy cows in Russia in 2016, producing 30.7 million tonnes of fresh milk. However, the country had to import about 7.2 million tonnes of milk and is still facing a shortage of milk supply.