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    OOO "Rozhdestvo"
    Rozhdestvo, Prtushinsky rayon
    Vladimidskaya oblast
    601105, Russian Federation
    Tel/fax:8 (49243) 2-52-89; 2-52-93
    E-mail: rozhdestvo@yku.ru

  • OOO Rozhdestvo Farm Complex

    OOO Rozhdestvo Farm Complex

    Owners: John and Nina Kopiski
    Farm Managers: Lorin and Katie Grams
    Located in Vladimir Oblast, Petushki Region, Russia
    1800 cows, 600 spring heifers, 800 young stock
    Breed: Danish Holstein-Friesians and German Brown Swiss
    Milk production: 8000 litres of milk per year


    John and Nina Kopiski began building up Rozhdestvo some years after making a substantial investment in Russian agriculture with the purchase and rebuilding of Bogdarnia farm, an old defunct collective farm with a 300 strong dairy herd. The challenge to build the “western style” Rozhdestvo dairy began in 2003, when the owners choose DeLaval to be their milking partner. The initial project entailed building a facility for 1040 cows and young stock. It was completed in April 2005 when the first cattle arrived. In the spring of 2006, the Bogdarnia milking herd was merged into the new Rozhdestvo facility. “Today we are filled to maximum capacity with over 3100 head.” Initial investment in Rozhdestvo was privately funded. However, the increase in herd size in 2006, the construction of a second 2 x 12 parlour and other buildings were financed under the Presidential National Plan for Agriculture. Employees of the farm are paid a monthly bonus for euro standard milk.

    Farm Management

    “We have a ten member management team and 28 employees working around the clock with the cows. We have five veterinarians on staff, each with separate specialties including reproduction, hoof trimming, fresh cow, sick animals and mastitis. We also have a head veterinarian that takes care of all medicine buying and documentation for the authorities.”

    Nutritient Management

    Free stalls are cleaned during each milking and manure alleys are cleaned with a Bobcat to a central canal when the cows go to parlour for milking. All manure flows through the canal to an agitation pit and out to one of two 10m3 manure lagoons. From this lagoon, slurry manure can be pumped underground up to four kilometres away where it’s then spread on the fields via an umbilical Tramspread pump system. “We can pump the two lagoons down (20 million litres) completely in five to six days of continuous pumping. It really saves us a lot of time and wear and tear on equipment using this system.”


    The herd is fed a TMR ration once per day. All feed is mixed and distributed in one of two “Storti self propelled” mixer wagons. “We feed ten different rations. The ration consists of 60 percent corn silage which is grown on our land. Concentrates are shipped in to complete the mix. Grass silage, corn, gluten, brewers waste, Soya, minerals, beet pulp, peas, urea and molasses are some of the typical ingredients found in our rations. All rations are formulated and programmed into a computer chip which is plugged into the mixer wagon. Rations are mixed according to programmed recipe, cutting down on possibility of human error.”


    “Crops are planted and harvested under the guidance of our head agronom. He has 22 employees and has land as far as 22 kilometres away from our base. We have a total of 4500 hectares on which we raise 1200 hectares of maize which is mainly used with an American seed. We also have 800 hectares in Katmax grasses (a Danish blend) and 1000 hectares for small grains. The remaining lands are fallow and rotated; although we can say that we still have sufficient lands to produce fodders for a larger herd. This year our average yield of mass per hectare is 28 tons but we aim to be closer to 35 tons per hectare in 2007.” All maize is chopped and stored in bunker silos and all grasses are made into wet bails using a McHale Fusion bale press/wrapper. In 2007 the farm harvested 9000 wet bales and 30,000 tons of maize silage.


    “All our cows are milked in a DeLaval double 24 parallel parlour. The parlour is fully equipped with auto ID, activity meters, rapid exit, Blue Diamond stalls, two automatic sort gates and a Herdsman crowd gate.” The farm also uses ALPRO® transponders, activity meters, auto cow brushes, water fountains, manure pumps, cooling tanks, an auto wash system and automatic manure scrapers. Milking is done three to four times per day. “We also currently have a double 12 parallel parlour being constructed. This parlour will be used to milk all fresh cows (up to 160 DIM) and our hospital group. These animals will be milked three times per day. The addition of this new parlour will allow us to milk the rest of the herd in our existing double 24 parallel, three times per day.”

    Milk quality

    “We ship approximately 36 tons of milk each day. All milk is high quality Euro standard and is shipped to Danone. Somatic cell counts average 151,000, milk fat is four percent, protein is 3.46 percent and the bacteria count averages less than 100.” All clinical mastitis cases are pulled immediately and moved to a treatment group. “We test all fresh cows for sub clinical mastitis and perform monthly somatic cell analysis on our cows to detect sub clinical cases.”

    Young Stock and Replacements

    “At the beginning of 2006 our herd consisted of 1400 Danish Holstein-Friesians and 285 German Brown Swiss. We have over 900 head of young stock from the initial herd and have recently purchased an additional 600 Danish Holstein replacements. This now brings the total dairy herd to 2000 with approximately 600 transition heifers at Rozhdestvo. All heifers are transported to our heifer farm (Bogdarnia) at two months old and return to Rozhdestvo 30 days before calving.” “All cows are pregnancy checked via an easi-scan ultrasound machine. Our personnel use this technology to predict pregnancy at 32 days post insemination. Since we began using this tool we have experienced a great improvement in reproduction. All cows are put onto an Ove-synch protocol and first insemination is before 68 DIM. First service conception rate is 55 percent.”


    “Cow comfort is of the utmost importance. Our cows are loose housed in open, naturally ventilated barns with curtains. Cows lie on rubber filled mattresses from ProMat and can wander over to our DeLaval auto cow brushes to be groomed. Fresh cows (up to 160 DIM) are milked four times per day, while later lactation animals are milked two times per day.” “Calves are housed outside in calf hutches from one day old until 60 days old. They are fed 20:20 milk replacer. The calf death loss is less than two percent for the year and we have been very happy with the results. Once heifers reach six months old they are shipped to our heifer raising facility, which is our old tie stall farm remodelled for 1500 heifers in loose housing. The cows are inseminated and return to us one month before calving.”


    The farm’s management has drawn up a plan for a new 3300 cow facility that includes two double 20 parlours and flush cleaning of the entire farm on a site opposite to the current complex. If the project proceeds, the plan would be to break ground in the spring of 2007 and be milking by winter 2007.

    Source: Milkproduction.com