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Dairy herd numbers in Russia declined to historical minimum

The total size of dairy herds in Russia declined to 7,8 heads in 2021. According to Lyudmila Manitskaya, a Chairman of the Board and the Director of Dairy Union of Russia, it is a historical minimum for Russian animal farming. She spoke on the current state of the industry at the VIII International Dairy Business Forum of the EAEU, devoted to dairy production and processing, held from September 6 to 8, 2022 in Sochi.

Dairy herd numbers in Russia declined to historical minimum
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According to data provided by the Dairy Union, there were 20.6 million heads of dairy cows in Russia in the beginning of the 1990s, 7.9 million heads in 2020, and 7.8 in 2021. “It is a historical minimum. Every year, out of recent ones, we arrive at being 100.000 heads short,” said Lyudmila Manitskaya.

The size of cattle herds in Russia has also been declining. In the early 90s the total number of cattle was 57 million heads, which reduced to 18 million heads by 2020. In 2021 it decreased to 17.7 million heads. “And, unfortunately, this is again a historical minimum,” outlined the expert.

According to her, the decline in number of cattle is caused, among other reasons, by the rise in feed prices and energy tariffs, regulatory enhancement, and investment challenges (up to reorientation to crop production).

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English version, 8 Sep 2022 13:13
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