Cherkizovo completes major pork production project
Jul 17, 2017
Russia’s agricultural holding Cherkizovo is expected complete the construction of a large swine complex in the Lipetsk region by the end of 2017.
The complex will involve 1 sow farm and 7 nursery and finishing sites the in region, Elena Trifonova, Cherkizovo’s official spokeswoman told Pig Progress. She added that by the end of 2018, another, similar complex should be completed.
Pig expansion plans are crucial for Cherkizovo
Speaking late June to Russia’s media RBK, Cherkizovo CEO Sergey Mikhailov said the 2 complexes in central Russia are crucial for Cherkizovo as they will nearly double the company’s general pork production capacity to 300,000 tonnes. Cherkizovo pumped about 7 billion roubles (US$118 million) into these complexes, Mr Mikhailov said.
In 2016, Cherkizovo produced 184,600 tonnes of pork, Ms Trifonova said. Last year, the company increased its output by nearly 6% compared to 2015. That was mostly related to the implementation of an on-farm genetics improvement programme, according to company’s annual report. The programme was aimed at improving animal welfare and ensuring increased vitality, thus achieving higher weight gains.
New swine farms in the pipeline
Meanwhile, Cherkizovo plans to start construction of the 7 pig farms in the Penza region as well, nearly 420 km away from the Lipetsk production site, according to information posted on the website of the regional government on June 5.
Within this Penza project Cherkizovo plans to rear nearly 560,000 heads of pigs per year to produce 58,000 tonnes of pork. The company hoped to have these facilities ready by 2019. Earlier, Mr Mikhailov had estimated the cost of the project to be at 5.6 billion roubles (US$94 million).
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