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Baza danych projektów PROW

Modernisation of a Dairy Farm in Lithuania


EAFRD support for investment in new livestock housing, milking machinery and manure management equipment enhanced productivity and improved the profitability of a dairy farm in Lithuania in line with EU environmental and animal welfare standards.


The main economic activity of this farm has been dairy production, thus the largest proportion of revenue comes from selling milk. In 2007 as the annual production capacity was increasing it was decided to build a modern dairy farm.


The applicant planned to build a new dairy farm with modern equipment. The investments in new technologies aimed to reduce the workforce in milking by 30% and to increase the productivity of cows that would positively impact on the health of the livestock and the quality of milk.

Main activities

The investment to the farm was made in the following three stages: i) building of a modern dairy farm for 150 cows, ii) acquisition of a new automated milking technology along with the installation of manure disposal equipment, a milk cooler, telescopic gates, drinkers, feeding and other equipment and iii) planning for additional milk quota.

Results & Benefits

The project achieved its expected results: (i) the farm was modernised; (ii) the new automated milking technology, which was successfully applied in the farm, was an innovation in Lithuania; (iii) labour requirements were reduced in the milking process, the cows’ productivity was increased, the health of the livestock and the quality of milk were improved; (v) the farm has been producing around 60 tons of milk per month.

Lessons learnt

There is always a fear of been committed to a strict contract or been constrained by it, however the achieved results reduced this fear. Also the documentation required for the application was rather excessive, and it might be too difficult for a rural resident to fill it.

Project location and other information

Plungė Discrict Municipality, Jovaišiškės village, Lithuania


Telsiu apskritis

RDP Territory


Total project cost (€)

200 000

Contact name

Edvardas Kesminas


+370 61224734

Languages for contact

English, Lithuanian

At a glance



Final beneficiary type

Individual farmers

Budget range

€100 000 - €500 000

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End Date:


Theme / Measure:

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


Dairy sector, Livestock, Manure, Milk, Fertiliser

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