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Russians build large modern breeding farm in heart of ASF area

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A new breeding farm for almost 10,000 breeding stock will be built near the village of Merchanskoe of the Krimskii area in Southern Russia. High security measures are planned to keep African Swine Fever out.

The company Kubanstroyrealizatsiya plans to begin construction of the large farm complex in June 2012. Total investment money is $16 billion roubles (US$ 530 million). The complex will have a completely closed production cycle.

Feed plant, slaughterhouse
It will have its own feed plant with a production capacity of 25 tonnes per hour. In addition, there will be a slaughterhouse with a capacity of 1,000 head a day. The production volume of the new complex will be about 120 tonnes of pork and other products on a daily basis.

The breeding stock of 9,800 head will be brought in from Austria. Construction is estimated to last about 1.5 years; completion is expected in the beginning of 2015.

The project is implemented jointly with the Polish company Progress Poland. Dmitry Solonnikov, market analyst for ‘Expert’, a distinctive feature of the new complex will be unprecedented security measures, almost resembling a nuclear plant. These are considered very important, since the new farm will be built in the epicenter of the Russian African Swine Fever zone.

New pig facilities
Competition in the market is very low at the moment. Vladimir Kasyanov, general director of Agrocomplex Kanev Bacon, said: “New pig facilities have a minimal risk for African Swine Fever (ASF). In addition, the competition on the market in southern Russia is currently very low. ASF dramatically cleared the market: many pig farms closed, private farms reduced the size of their herds, as they can not provide the necessary veterinary security. In short, new complexes will have great prospects for the future.”

(By Vladislav Vorotnikov)

by Vincent ter Beek

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