Beef giant, Miratorg, has processed its first 4,000t of lamb as part of its venture into the sheep industry.
The sheep were reared on a pilot farm with the capacity for 50,000 head, Global Meat News reports.
Miratorg is run by the Linnikov brothers who are Russia’s biggest farmers. They started out in the pig and poultry industries, only forming the fully integrated beef operation in 2006.
Most of Miratorg’s beef operations are centred around Bryansk, which is 550km southwest of Moscow.
The new venture into lamb was announced in October 2018. The company plans to invest €368m in the project by 2023, keep 1.3m sheep across 12 farms and produce 71,200t of sheepmeat per year.
Most of Miratorg’s beef operations are centred around Bryansk, which is 550km southwest of Moscow
“We evidenced a strong demand among consumers for this type of product and, in future, plan to open several other sheep breeding farms in the black earth region,” said Miratorg president Viktor Linnik.
“The expansion of the pilot project would increase both the economic and physical availability of this type of meat for Russian consumers, and would improve the export potential of Russia’s meat industry.”
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