20 owners and specialists of Georgian milk farms have been studying milk production technologies during the 10-days practical seminar, organized by the Association of Milk Producers (AMP) of Ukraine.
The seminar includes 2 educational modules: “Reproduction and animal health” and “Feeding and forages”. At the training were discussed the following topical issues for Georgian dairy husbandry: forages technologies, feeding of different groups of animals, optimizing reproduction of the herd, care of the fresh cows, increase of the safety of animals and others.
During the training course Georgian farmers acquired theoretical knowledge from the best experts of dairy husbandry of Ukraine and consultants of AMP, as well as had a possibility to visit milk farms in different regions of Ukraine – Vinnitsa, Odessa, Kherson, Dnepropetrovsk, Poltava and Zhytomir. All farms from the programme differ by the size of herd, type of keeping, milk production technologies, organizational structure, as well as the volume of investments.
All participants highly praised the level of organization, the quality of content and the possibility to receive consultations from the specialists directly. Mr. Tamaz Banetishvili, the owner of Geo Farm, says that already in the first day of the training in Ukraine the experts helped him to correct the ration of milking cows for his farm in Georgia. This resulted in increased milk yield for 150 litres more daily (there are 30 milking cows). “I plan to expand the farm. The acquired knowledge and visits to the Ukrainian farms helped me to create a new vision and strategy for my future modern farm”.
It is important to mention, that the Georgian farmers now have the possibility to interact with experts, get access to educational materials and other useful information through the newly created website.
The second phase of the educational seminar is planned for August 2016 and it will contain two modules: “Keeping. Milking. Young stock breeding” and “Farm management and dairy farm economics”
Capacity building of Georgian farmers is jointly conducted by the Association of Milk Producers of Ukraine in the framework of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) through the project “Improving food safety in Georgia’s dairy sector – Phase II”.