Thomas Czutta, Country Manager, GEA EAC Serbia:

Profitable Production Of The Highest Quality Milk

GEA Group pays close attention to the needs of farmers on the international market, expands its range of products through continuous investment in research and development, and offers its customers, whose number is constantly increasing, top quality on the basis of the “turnkey” system

Thomas Czutta

Demand for high quality and high quantities of raw milk is growing on a daily basis, which means that dairy farmers are compelled to continuously improve their production in order to respond to market demands and generate profit.

Dairy farmers are facing ever-increasing demands in terms of technology, essential standards and animal health. Which products and services does GEA Group offer its clients in the dairy farming sector?

– Our company, which until recently was known as WestfaliaSurge, has dominated it sector since the very beginning of the era of machine milking, at the start of the last century. While growing, GEA managed to gather together in its group the leading companies in other sectors related to the equipping of farms. These are companies that have long been known around the world – French manufacturer of milk cooling tanks GEA Japy, Danish manufacturer of automatic feeding systems GEA Mullerup, as well as Dutch company GEA Royal De Boer and Canadian company GEA Houle, which both produce barn equipment for animal comfort…

Who are GEA Group’s most common clients – farmers and companies already active in primary milk production, or those just entering that field? What are the capacities of the farms that you offer equipment?

– GEA’s portfolio consists of equipment for all farmers who recognise quality and reliable service, regardless of their production capacity. For future farmers, or those planning to expand existing operations, we offer free advice and the technological design of facilities, in order to achieve the best results during operations. We guarantee for our clients the functionality of equipment at any time, through regular or extraordinary services, which is of great importance in our business.

Serbian farmers produce high quality milk and consciously invest in education and new technology, in order for their production to be profitable and competitive in the race with international producers

Which segments is equipment divided into?

– As part of the “total solutions” approach, in which the initial step is designing a farm, we offer everything necessary for the functioning of a dairy farm:

▶ Milking systems – from mobile milking machines for small farms, via various types of conventional milking devices, to fully automated systems for milking cows, as well as various types of systems for milking all other animals that are reared for milk production
▶ Devices for storing and cooling milk
▶ Herd management
▶ Barn equipment
▶ Conventional and automated animal feeding systems
▶ Manure management
▶ Equipment for rearing calves and young livestock on farms
▶ Sanitary preparations for cleaning equipment and maintenance the health of animals
▶ Sophisticated service concepts

Which countries are leading the way in the use of the equipment and technological achievements offered by GEA? Are there already farms in Serbia that could compete with European farms, and how willing are dairy farmers to invest in development in order to be more competitive?

– GEA is present with its solutions in almost all countries worldwide, with a network of 45 regional organisations. Serbian farmers produce high quality milk and consciously invest in education and new technology, in order for their production to be profitable and competitive in the race with international producers.

Processes are optimised on a large number of industrial farms and they can serve as examples for local and regional farmers to familiarise themselves with good practice.

Moreover, a large number of family farms have the potential to raise their production to the level of European standards, but financing such projects is often problematic. The opening of incentive funds that European farmers have already had the opportunity to utilise will enable the improvement of production on farms in Serbia too.