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The Better Country team visited Nikola Petrović from Lipovac, who told a family story about dairy cattle breeding, which began in 2014.
Namely, Nikola graduated from the Faculty of Agriculture in Belgrade, Department of Agrarian Economics, and after dissatisfaction with his job, eight years ago he decided to import the first heifers from Austria and, later, Germany. Male calves are sold seven to ten days after calving because they are not fattened. The emphasis was on milk production, and in order for the production to survive, it was necessary for Nikola and his father to work 20 hours a day and invest in mechanization.
They are not only engaged in cattle breeding, but also in farming, so that they can produce enough food for cattle. They cultivate about 80 hectares of land, where most of the land is leased, and the rest (about 20ha) is their land.
All cows are exclusively Simmental breeds, tolerant and resistant to cold and winter. As Nikola explained, the most important thing for cows is good ventilation of buildings. One hundred heads is their goal, and 70% of it should be used for the husband.
The plan is to build a new facility, a new barn modeled on Western European standards, where her husband will be robotized. That is why it is necessary for them to work on the genetics of new heads that come to the husband, use seeds that give good udder quality, which are then intended for the robotic husband.
The key to success is top nutrition, top care, top husband and top reproduction. Without these four items there is no good result.
Source: Bolja Zemlja by www.boljazemlja.com.
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