Meeting in Remontny
On February, 16 National Association of sheep breeders and the Ministry of Agriculture and Food of Rostov Region held a meeting on "State and prospects of development of sheep breeding in Rostov Region". 
     The event was held in Remontnenskiy district which currently has 320,000 sheep and 4 stud farms. Participants of the meeting were: Mikhail Egorov, Director General of National Association of sheep breeders, S. V. Polulyashnaya, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Food of Rostov Region, Marina Selionova, Director of the Russian Research Institute of sheep and goat breeding, Doctor of Agricultural Sciences, Yu. A. Kolosov, Professor of Don State Agrarian University, Marat Khalkechev, head of wool processing plant "Quest-A", A. P. Pustovetov, head of Remontnenskiy district as well as experts of NASB and the Ministry of Agriculture and Food of Rostov Region and heads of leading sheep breeding farms in the region.
   Mikhail Egorov presented a report on the situation in the sheep breeding industry at the beginning of this year. According to operational data, the number of livestock of sheep and goats in the Russian Federation was 24,796,900 heads which is 0.2% less than it was at the beginning of 2016. The Karachay-Cherkess Republic and Stavropol Krai are among the leaders in the industry. The North Caucasian Federal district has reduced the number of sheep and goats by 251.7 heads.
   At the same time, as noted by Mikhail Egorov, Rostov Region has increased the number of sheep by 2 times since 2000, making it 1,179,500 heads.
    According to NASB, the minimum price for fine wool produced and sold by agricultural producers in 2016 was 150 rubles per kilogram while the maximum price was 270 rubles. Rostov sheep breeders received 265 rubles per kg of wool along with subsidies for fine and semi-fine wool. 
    This year the sheep breeders of the region will receive unprecedented government support. The region has allocated substantial funds for the support of livestock breeding, including sheep breeding. They’ll receive 1,700 rubles for a stud ewe, 190 rubles for a hog and 130 – 140 rubles for a kilo of fine and semi-fine wool. 
      According Mr Egorov, this is a serious support and it should help to increase the livestock population and quality of fine wool.
The head of the plant "Quest-A" Marat Khalkechev expressed his willingness for mutually beneficial cooperation with manufacturers of wool and offered several scenarios of this cooperation. Yu.  Kolosov, Professor of Don State Agrarian University, told the audience what science can offer to sheep breeding, and Marina Selionova told about her impressions from visiting Australia. 
     After the plenary meeting, the participants got acquainted with the livestock of the stud farm "Mir" in Remontnenskiy district.
   In addition, the delegation of National Association of sheep breeders visited a sheep farm of Magomed Abdulayev, the senior shepherd of the stud farm "Pervomayskiy", Remontnenskiy district. Together with the head of the enterprise S. I. Riabokon they viewed the animals, exchanged opinions and plans for further improvement of livestock.

Astrakhan Alfalfa UAE For Cows
    According to the Department of Agriculture of Kamyzyaksky district, a local farmer made a contract to supply alfalfa collected on an area of nine hundred hectares in the UAE in 2017. 
    The total area of this crop in the district is more than two thousand hectares. The crop delivered to the UAE will be used for feeding cattle on local farms. 
    According to the farmer, the contract for the supply of alfalfa was also signed by one of agricultural firms from neighboring Kazakhstan. Both manufacturers have already started the process of unification which will be completed in late February. 
    "Livestock producers from the UAE have to buy the green mass in Australia. Because of the distance between the continents, the time of delivery of alfalfa is quite large. Delivery of this product from our region will take much less time, the quality of our product is no worse than the Australian. We intend to export alfalfa in containers by sea through Iran," said the farmer. 
"Krestyanskie Vedomosti"

Feed and Figures
   According to the international study of Alltech in 2016, the global production of feed exceeded 1 billion tons for the first time, which is 3.7% more than in 2015 and 19% more than in 2012. According to Aidan Connolly, Vice-President and Change Manager of Alltech, it says about efficiency increase and harm reduce to the environment. In monetary term, the world market volume of feed is $460 billion. 
Leaders of the global feed industry are China, the USA, Brazil, Mexico, Spain, India, Russia, Germany, Japan and France. Fifty six per cent of all feed mills of the world are concentrated in these countries which produce 60% of the total feed. 
   According to the company, the growth in the industry was mainly due to increase in fodder production for beef cattle, swine, and aquaculture and Africa, Asia and Middle East countries have become major regions of production.  
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