155 French Montbéliarde dairy cattle imported
The Khishigten Nuudelchin company started a project to establish a dairy farm last year in Mongolia, and as a result, 155 Montbéliarde cattle were imported from the Montbéliard region of France. The cattle arrived at Chinggis Khaan International Airport via Beijing on a Qatar Airways airplane at 12:50 p.m. yesterday. The cattle were put in wooden enclosures.
The farm for the cattle is currently under construction in Arkhus soum of Tuv Province. Montbéliarde dairy cows gives 25 liters of milk high in protein per day, while Montbéliarde bulls are typically bred for beef.
The cattle sent to Mongolia are 20 months old, and the cows are all four months pregnant. They will calve in Spring 2014. The cows will give three tons of milk per day in total, and they eat alfalfa, bran, and silage. They are able to be used for dairy for nine years.
The dairy farm will be completed at the cost of seven billion MNT in total. If transportation expenses are added, each cow purchased is worth eight to ten million MNT.
CEO of Khishigt Nuudelchin, J.Battugs, said, “It is possible to export the Montbéliarde cattle if we breed enough of them. The farm complex will be operational in two months and then we will see our first products. The cattle has adapted to harsh climates, such as Russia, very well and they are therefore expected to greatly benefit Mongolia without much loss.”
The company took a 1.8 billion MNT loan with a three percent interest rate for a four year term from the Ministry of Factory and Agriculture (MFA) to start its dairy farm. Chief of the Livestock Husbandry and Policy Implementation Managing Authority of the MFA, M.Ganibal, also said, “As part of our program to ensure sustainable prices for main food products, around 3,000 cattle will be imported. Most of them will be for beef. The reason for this plan to import cattle for beef while Mongolia has abundant livestock and dairy products is to develop intensified farming, keep meat prices sustainable and reduce beef shortages.”
Khishigten Nuudelchin is a subsidiary of Nuudelchin Group, which owns mining prospecting, extraction and rehabilitation operaions, construction material manufacturing, flour mills, crop farms, and livestock sector companies nationwide and is now expanding its operation with dairy farming with a specific plan to develop cheese-making in Mongolia.
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