Strategic plan aims to modernize Belarus' cattle sheds (illustration)
Photo: Avi Roccah
Israelis to develop Belarus dairy farms
Netanya-based company to supply milking equipment to over 300 facilities in Eastern European country as part of deal valued at $300 million
Netanya-based company SCR will supply milking equipment to more than 300 facilities with over 100,000 cows in Belarus, as part of a major bid issued by the Eastern European country, valued at $300 million.


SCR develops, manufactures and markets management and milking systems for cattle sheds and livestock pens, as well as advanced systems for monitoring individual cows and herds.


SCR was selected as the main equipment supplier for the project, in a partnership with Belarus' Gomelagrokomlekt company. The equipment is to be supplied by the end of 2012. Due to the volume and tight schedule of the project, SCR has installed a production line in Belarus.


Israeli company AfiMilk is also taking part in the project and will provide milking facilities in Belarus with hardware and software systems for managing herds of cattle.


The company, owned by Kibbutz Afikim and the Fortissimo Capital investment fund, was the first to develop and operate the electronic milk meter.


The Belarus government is using the project to implement a strategic plan aimed at modernizing the country's cattle sheds, which includes the construction of 1,200 new cowsheds and the upgrade of 800 existing milking facilities.


Nearly 50% of Belarus' milk production is exported to eastern European countries, mainly Russia.


SCR was founded in 1976 and employs some 200 workers. Tene Investment Funds, headed by Dr. Ariel Halperin, became a company partner in 2009 and now holds about 37% of its shares. The company's income in 2011 totaled some $50 million.



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