The Eight Conference of milk producers of the Republic of Srpska “From information + innovation to rural transformation”, Gradiska, B&H

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The Eight Conference of milk producers of the Republic of Srpska titled “From information + innovation to rural transformation” organized by the Dairy Farmers Association of the Republic of Srpska in a period February 27-28, 2023 in Gradiska, Republic of Srpska, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

About 180 milk producers, distributors of dairy inputs, officials, and guests from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Serbia, and the Czech Republic participated in the two-day consultation. During the Conference, milk producers received a lot of valuable information about the information in the field of digitization of agriculture, milking cow health, animal nutrition, and productivity control. The SWG received a certificate of appreciation as a special sponsor of the Conference.

Dairy Farmers Association of the Republic of Srpska is registered since 1996. The Association has over 440 members from 26 municipalities in the Republic of Srpska. A smaller number of members are from Brcko District and the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina. On an annual level, this Association produces about 42 million liters of milk and represents a group of producers with the highest average production per cow in Bosnia and Herzegovina, which amounts to over 7,100 liters of milk in standard lactation. The association has had the status of a breeding organization since 2018, and since 2020 it has had the first registry book harmonized with the EU and local norms in this area. When it comes to breeding and selection work, the Association acts in accordance with the Law on Animal Husbandry of the Republic of Srpska, relevant regulations of the European Union, and in accordance with ICAR (International Committee for Animal Recording) rules.

In addition to breeding and selection work, the Association is actively working on improving responsibility towards nature and the environment. First of all, this is to be achieved by improving the well-being and health of dairy cows, thus reducing the use of antibiotics in the treatment of animals.

The activity is supported within the project: Promotion of Economic Diversification in Rural Areas of South Eastern Europe (SEDRA II) in SEE – Value chain capacity building on agriculture and rural tourism to promote rural employment opportunities implemented in partnership by GIZ and SWG.

AGENDA 2023 SAVJETOVANJE I SAJAM MLJEKARA RS