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Modernising a Large Scale Dairy Farm in Latvia


Two new farm stables (one for cows, one for calves) and two 5000 m3 slurry storages have transformed this farm to a modern 256 dairy cow enterprise. Milk production is up by 17%, 2 jobs have been created and waste management has been greatly improved


The dominant sector in this region is agriculture, livestock and crop farming. Farm Vecsiljani was an old Soviet-era dairy unit with inefficient feeding, poor slurry storage and with constraints on increasing the herd size. The owners used EAFRD funding opportunities to transform the farm into a modern enterprise, attractive to work in for employees and owners alike.


The main aim of the project was to expand production, increase income and employment by replacing the dated farm stables and slurry storage with modern alternatives that greatly improve the efficiency of the enterprise. These objectives were pursued having in mind the adoption of environmentally friendly farming practices.

Main activities

Support for business planning to take the development from idea to reality was an important initial step. Advisory and consultancy services contributed greatly to this, including compliance with planning requirements. After this, contracting of the builders and equipment suppliers and project management were the main activities through to completion.

Results & Benefits

The new facilities have brought about a rapid increase of milk production (up 17%) and income, and two new jobs have been created in managing the increased stock numbers (total 18 now employed). Nitrogen evaporation to the atmosphere has been reduced considerably and groundwater quality is now much improved. Herd health is also much better. The enterprise is now a much more attractive place of work for employees.

Lessons learnt

Accurate financial analysis and planning is essential before proceeding with such a development, to ensure the proposal is viable and worthwhile. Thorough planning also helps secure investment finance to complement EAFRD funding, for example from a bank.

Project location and other information

Farm Veccsiljani, Vidzeme Region, Latvia



RDP Territory


Total project cost (€)

161 672

EAFRD contribution (€)

62 872

National contribution (€)

17 964

Private contribution (€)

80 836

Contact name

Juris Sprukulis


00 371 651 226 55

Languages for contact


At a glance



Final beneficiary type

Individual farmers

Budget range

€100 000 - €500 000

Start date:


End Date:


Theme / Measure:

• Competitiveness of Agriculture & Forestry
• Restructuring, developing physical potential, and promoting innovation
• 121. Modernisation of agricultural holdings


Dairy sector, Livestock, Modernisation, Environmental impact

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