Belshina-Agro chooses DeLaval to set up modern mega-operation in Belarus

Stockholm / July 9, 2009. Belshina-Agro, a filial of OAO Belshina, has chosen DeLaval International as supplier of modern dairying solutions, including 12 Voluntary Milking Systems (VMS), to a 1000-head farm in the Belarusian Mogilev region. VMS is the DeLaval robotic milker, the latest dairy technology designed to meet the extreme requirements of automatic non-stop milking.

We chose to partner with DeLaval because of its global leadership in the industry and its experience in automation technology and mega farm operations," Belshina-Agro Vice Director General Alexander Kozlov said. 

The VMS’s complete automatic equipment allows for round the clock milking designed to optimize quality milk yield to help farm managers run dairy operations more carefully, professionally and productively. 

"Belshina’s choice is an acknowledgment of DeLaval’s strong position in automated solutions as well as of milk producers’ confidence in the quality and competence of our company," DeLaval Regional President Europe, Middle East, Africa, Australia and New Zealand Jan Ove Nilsson said. 

The VMS 2009 has just hit the markets. According to Nilsson it brings yet another round of enhancements with more than 30 new features improving user friendliness, overall performance and safety. With energy consumption at an all time low, ranging between 15 and 25 kW per ton of milk, VMS is one of the most cost efficient milking systems in the world, capable of harvesting 2000 to 2500 kg of milk per day. 

Productivity in the dairy farming business is defined by scale and efficiency. With the VMS technology, dairy managers have more time on their hands to deal with issues regarding business, herd management, health, genetics and feed-tables. Thousands of milk producers credit the VMS for making dairy production more profitable, predictable and easier to manage. 

The VMS recently hit the 5000th sales mark. The DeLaval robot also celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. And the first units sold are still productively operating -regular upgrades have been available over the last decade. The Mogilev mega farm will be the world’s largest VMS operation.

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