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Modernisation of Livestock Production in the Farm Javorina AKB s.r.o.


A farm in Bzince pod Javorinou aimed to increase the competitiveness of its milk production. Despite a deterioration in market conditions preventing an increase in profitability in the short term, important improvements were made to the farm.



At the cattle-breeding farm, JAVORINA AKB, the buildings were in very poor condition and milking technology and other machinery was out-dated. Thus JAVORINA AKB needed urgent modernisation in order to become competitive. To succeed in the market the farm had to increase its assets (from 300 cows to 600 cows) in order to reach milk production profitability (based on the milk prices in 2008-2009). The farmer decided to apply for EAFRD support, as using only a bank loan and private resources, it would not have been possible to implement such an investment.


The overall aims of the project were to increase the competitiveness of the farm and to improve animal welfare. These were to be achieved through the specific objectives of increasing the number of milking cows and the capacity of the milking parlour and improving labour productivity and working conditions.

Main activities

The main activities undertaken to realise the objectives were: i) Building a new cowshed and milking parlour; ii) Purchasing a new milking machine, a new feeder, a tractor and a cutting machine.

Results & Benefits

The implementation of the project resulted in increased productivity, an improvement in the quality of milk, better hygiene and working conditions and improved animal welfare. Improved economic sustainability of the business is expected to be measurable in the longer term (the next 3-5 years) after the full capacity of the cowsheds is reached and maintained. However, this longer term impact will only be realised if the market conditions for milk production remain adequate.

Lessons learnt

Between the project approval and its implementation prices of animal feed increased 13% and milk prices dropped 53%. Under such conditions milk production became an economic drain on the farm however, despite the economic situation, the farmer could not stop the project and so it was still partly implemented. For the beneficiary therefore, it is important to understand, before making any final commitment, to what extent – and under what circumstances - flexibility of implementation is allowed.

Project location and other information

Bzince pod Javorinou, district Nové Mesto nad Váhom


Trenciansky kraj

RDP Territory


Total project cost (€)

2 156 203

EAFRD contribution (€)

808 576

National contribution (€)

269 525

Private contribution (€)

215 620

Other funding sources (€)

862 482

Contact name

Vladimír Michálek


+421 0346965011

Languages for contact


At a glance



Final beneficiary type

Individual farmers

Budget range

> €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, Milk, Modernisation, Farm buildings

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