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Hilkka Kämäräinen

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ERIAFF Conference 2014

Hilkka Kämäräinen, Project Leader, Senior Lecturer
Savonia University of Applied Sciences, Finland
"MAITO – MILK. Dairy Development in North Savo"

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Hilkka Kämäräinen

  1. 1. Dairy Development in North Savo –area - methods and results Hilkka Kämäräinen SAVONIA UAS 11.6.2014
  2. 2. Background • North Savo is Finland´s best area concerning milk production and processing • Area needs new ideas and efficient working methods • Co-operation with different organizations at EU-projects started year 1997 and continues onward
  3. 3. Dairy Production in North Savo • 1261 dairy farms – Average yield 9292 kg/cow • 2nd biggest milk producer in Finland – Total 318 M kg, 14 % of Finnish dairy production – Growth 8 % from last year • Valio Cheese Dairy in Lapinlahti – Swiss cheese, Edam, Demi whey powder
  4. 4. 11,50 12,00 12,50 13,00 13,50 14,00 14,50 % quota periods North Savo share of Finland's milk production and dairy farms Share of milk, % Share of dairyfarms %
  5. 5. Dairy production in Finland and North Savo • Number of dairy farms is decreasing • Food industry needs more raw material • Size of the dairy farm is growing • Easy methods has been used… We need another point of view
  6. 6. Dairy production Strengths and possibilities • Health care – Situated to North – Distances – KnowHow • Healthcare • Disease prevention • Feed hygiene • Hygiene in management – Strong background to breed healthy animals • Sustainable economic situation – Low debt rate – Family based business • Cooperation: Education  Advising  Research • Farmers high level of education • Special products and export • Roughage production • Clean environment • Local markets?
  7. 7. Dairy Development Program - project • From 1st of January 2011 to 31st of December 2014 • Budget 639 730 €, Finance by Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment (90 %), local municipalities from North Savo region (10%) • Operated by Savonia University of Applied Sciences • Project Manager Hilkka Kämäräinen and Project Coordinator Anne-Mari Heikkinen
  8. 8. Tasks of project • Rise new ideas to develop dairy production • Develop and coordinate new ideas to the projects • Develop project reporting for needs of farmers, education and advising • Main themes – Profitability – Workload – Well-being – Environment – Energy – Animal healthcare
  9. 9. Working methods at projects • Steering group => give guidelines and approve or disapprove ideas • Main project group => rise up new ideas, identify problems and find major solutions • Thematic project groups=> identify exact problems, find exact solutions and convert them into projects • Project management and coordination is centralized at one organization as much as possible
  10. 10. Steering group • Dairy Cooperative ItäMaito • Dairy Cooperative Maitomaa • ProAgria North Savo, Local Centre of Agriculture Advisor Services ProAgria • MTK North Savo, Local Union of Agricultural Producers and Forest Owners • Ylä-Savon Kehitys Oy, Development Ltd of Upper Savo municipalities • MTT Agrifood Research Finland • Savonia University of Applied Sciences • Ylä-Savo Vocational College • Savo Consortium for Education • Finnish Regional Research • North Savo Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment • Project Manager Representation from key local organizations:
  11. 11. Major project group • Collect dairy oriented experts together, change ideas and open paths to solutions • Important: Skilled experts have their own, international networks which can be useful: Large scale of contacts Gives answers to many questions right away Expands the view
  12. 12. Close cooperation • Advicing – Agricultural Expert Organisation ProAgria • Association of ProAgria Centres • Local ProAgria Centre North Savo – FABA Finnish Animal Breeding Association • Union of Agricultural Producers and Forest Owners • Education – Ylä-Savo Vocational College – Savo Consortium of Education – Savonia University of Applied Sciences – University of Eastern Finland – Helsinki University • Research – MTT Agrifood Research Finland – Finnish Regional Research – TTS – Työtehoseura Work Efficiency Institute • Industry – Dairies, slaughterhauses… – Feed industry, technology… • Local administration/Funders – Municipalities – Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment – Regional Council • Overview and Activities – Meetings and themes
  13. 13. Themes for Development • Project planning – Group which have knowledge and tools • Project Groups (New ideas and solutions) • Local, national and international partners – Existing knowledge by training – New information by developing – Planning for training and knowledge transfer • Project administration from one place – Coordination • Ideas  Planning  Application Start – Project management
  14. 14. Best Available Knowledge • Themes from needs – EU/National/Regional Strategies – Industry needs • Raw material • Quality • Special products • Farmers own needs – Special studies – Own interest – Future aspects
  15. 15. Results Main result: Milk production has developed at North Savo area and farmers skills have improved • Co-operation of different organizations has improved step by step • Strength-based roles at organizations are identified and taken into practice • 1+1>2 when organizations work together • Good project management: – High cost-efficiency – Low overlapping – Result-oriented and parallel actions – Easy One-stop shop principle to milking farms and experts
  16. 16. Future • Farm size in Finland is increasing rapidly in next 10 years => information needs grow even more • Organizations resources are not gaining=> efficiency needed • Farm development via projects continues • Strategic focus at project efficiency improvement is test and implement knowledge transfer from research into practice • North Savo´s key organizations (ProAgria, MTT and Savonia) are very interested in Milk development in national level and build solid network at EU-level
  17. 17. Further information and contact: Mr Mika Repo Development Director ProAgria North Savo mika.repo@proagria.fi +358 43 825 2679 Mrs Hilkka Kämäräinen Senior Lecturer in Animal Husbandry Project Leader Savonia University of Applied Sciences hilkka.kamarainen@savonia.fi +358 44 785 6646 Mr Mikko Järvinen MTT Agrifood Research Finland Animal Production Research, Maaninka mikko.jarvinen@mtt.fi +358 29 531 7287
  18. 18. MAILI - Competitiveness and environmental efficiency for the dairy and beef farms in Northern Savo -Project Manager Mrs. Hilkka Kämäräinen RAE - Turning of nutrient losses into profits - Project Manager Mrs. Arja Ruokojärvi ERKKA - Energy Efficient Cowstable - Project Manager Mr. Pasi Eskelinen REKKA - Logistic development in dairyfarms -Project Manager Mr. Janne Räisänen TUUMA -Labor, Outsourcing and Contracting in Agriculture -Project Manager Mrs. Katariina Hakola http://maito.savonia.fi Dairy Development Program -New development ideas and information -Project Manager Mrs Hilkka Kämäräinen Eläinterveyden tekijät - Animal Health Factors - Project Manager Mrs. Katriina Pylkkänen Tietotila -Computers and automation on the farm Project Manager Tuomo Tikkanen MASKE - work management and logistics on the cattle farm Janne Karttunen Aktiivinen SPV -tila -How to pass farm to next generation -Project Manager Mrs. Sirpa Lintunen KESTO – sustainable dairy - start up of the calf growing - longer production of the dairy cows Project Manager Ms Annu Palmio

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