Damate to build a feedlot for 50 thousand heads of sheep in the Karachay-Cherkess Republic

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Damate Group has started construction work on the site for sheep fattening with a capacity of 50 thousand heads in the Karachay-Cherkess Republic. Investments in the project will amount to 540 million rubles. The first stage of the feedlot will be launched in the summer, and the work will be completed in early 2022.

The ceremony of laying the foundation stone of the new enterprise was attended by the head of the Karachay-Cherkess Republic Rashid Temrezov, Board Chairman of Damate Group Naum Babayev and the CEO of the company Rashid Khairov.

The new farm will be built as part of the Damate mutton production project in the North Caucasus Federal District. The goal of the project is to bring the production of mutton in the region to a new higher technological level.

         "Taking into account the resources and peculiarities of Karachay-Cherkessia, the agricultural sector is a priority for us. In particular – animal husbandry. We have a good potential for the development of sheep farming, where in recent years we have shown a stable growth in the number of livestock. Last year, such a large investor as the agro-industrial holding Damate came to the region with a large-scale long-term project. The first thing I want to note is that the investor is focused on supporting private sheep farms in Karachay-Cherkessia, so that they always have a guaranteed market. I am sure that the comprehensive approach implemented by the company for the development of sheep breeding, including processing and genetics of livestock, will help Karachay-Cherkessia to become a leader in Russia in sheep breeding and lamb production in the coming years," Rashid Temrezov said.

"Intensive development of sheep breeding through the introduction of effective reproduction technologies, fattening and the wide use of genetics will allow us in the foreseeable future to create in the region a high-quality meet-type sheep population, which means that the product will be competitive in the domestic market as well as in the export one," said Naum Babayev. "The involvement of the local population with its deep traditions and vast experience in sheep farming will lead to the formation of a whole class of modern sheep farms and will play a positive role in increasing the employment and living standards of the rural population."

The existing production site in Udarny village, where a livestock farm was previously located, was chosen for construction. The site has a favorable geographical location and is located 50 km from the reconstructed meat processing plant in Cherkessk. Its construction will provide the plant with high-quality products.

On an area of 47 hectares, a number of objects will appear: cowsheds, pens, feed tables. In addition, an administrative and household building, a feed storage warehouse, biological safety facilities will be built, and all necessary utilities will be tied in. Damate plans to purchase all the necessary agricultural machinery: feed dispensers, mixers, telescopic and mini-loaders, nine tractors.

The technology on the new farm will match the one already successfully tested on other sites of the company. Lambs weighing from 28 kg will be purchased from local farmers, fattening will take 45-60 days, depending on the incoming weight. Slaughter and processing will be carried out at the Damate plant in Cherkessk.

Damate Group started lamb production at the end of 2018 and plans to produce about 12.6 thousand tons of products per year. Investments in the new direction will amount to 2.7 billion rubles. These are the company's own funds and attracted ones from Rosselkhozbank JSC. The project provides for the construction of breeding grounds and feedlots for 54 thousand cattle stalls, the reconstruction of a meat processing plant and the creation of a service company. As a result of the project, about 150 jobs will be created; priority will be given to local specialists with experience in sheep farming.