Cargill is taking a lead in herd nutrition in the largest farm of Don Agro

Don Agro International Limited (the “Company” or “Don Agro”) and its subsidiaries (collectively the “Group”), one of the largest agricultural companies based in the Rostov region of Russia, is pleased to announce the cooperation with Cargill, one of the top agricultural companies in the world, that will provide nutrition for the biggest farm of Don Agro.

This collaboration should increase the efficiency of dairy farming at Don Agro through increasing milk yield, improving animals’ health and reducing costs.

An important advantage of working with Cargill is a change in the approach to feeding animals with attention to their need for a qualitative composition of the diet and the amount of feed consumed. The cooperation includes the introduction of Cargill’s feeding programs and digital solutions.

One of them that is called DairyApp makes it possible to audit the farm directly on the tablet, saving all the necessary data that accumulates throughout usage of the application. This allows to track the progress made on all key indicators of the farm and make a detailed and in-depth analysis of the animals.

Cargill’s Dairy Enteligen Premium service is also introduced to automatically collect and analyze data from the milking parlor, herd management and feeding programs, and creates a convenient visual report.

Another IT solution implemented at the Don Agro farm will be the use of the DairyMax ration calculation program, which allows not only the balance of ration based on the needs of the animal but also to predict the result and manage it, depending on the goals.

“We are pleased to cooperate with the largest milk producer in the Rostov region of Russia. We start by providing nutrition for one farm, but when we achieve results there, we are ready to take care of feeding other farms of Don Agro. We look forward to long and fruitful cooperation and believe that the modern technologies offered by Cargill will help our client achieve great results”, said Mr. Jon Lauritzen, Country Director of Cargill in Russia.

The herd at the Don Agro farm in Novoselovka is approximately 1,300 heads of cattle which includes over 650 milking cows. According to preliminary calculations, cooperation with Cargill and transfer to a new nutrition scheme will increase average daily milk yield from 20.5 litres to 23 litres per milking cow.

“We have big expectations for cooperation with such an industry leader on agricultural and food markets. Firstly, interaction with Cargill is a guarantee of high quality. Secondly, the company offered us favorable conditions for cooperation, which significantly distinguished them from other nutrition providers. Novoselovka is the largest of our five farms. Therefore, the synergistic effect of increasing milk yield and optimizing the cost of nutrition should enhance profit”, commented Mr. Marat Devlet-Kildeyev, Chief Executive Officer of Don Agro International.

The Group owns approximately 4,000 heads of cattle which include over 2,200 milking cows. In 2021, Don Agro produced 15.831 million litres of milk. At the same time, the priority of the Company’s management is the efficiency of dairy production through caring for animals’ health.

The Group sells raw milk to dairy processing companies for the production of fresh milk and other high-end processed dairy products. Customers compete for the Company’s raw milk, that’s why Don Agro generally sells it to a single large dairy producer in any given year. Such a supply agreement allows the Group price negotiations on a regular basis based on market conditions.

About Don Agro International Limited

Don Agro is one of the largest agricultural companies in the Rostov region in Russia principally engaged in the cultivation of agricultural crops and production of raw milk. The Group is also engaged in crop production in the Volgograd region in Russia. The Group has a total controlled land bank of 67,340 hectares, of which more than 54,420 hectares are arable land. The Group owns approximately 17,200 hectares of its controlled land bank.

The Group’s operations are principally located in the Rostov region, one of the most fertile regions of Russia, situated close to the Azov and Black Seas and the Don River which house major international ports. The Group’s second operating division in the Volgograd region is located in close proximity to key trading routes including the Volga River. This allows the Group’s customers, who are mainly traders and exporters, to save on transportation costs and, as a result, be able to offer higher prices for the Group’s crops. Within the crop production segment, the Group is primarily engaged in the farming of commercial crops such as winter wheat, sunflower, and corn.

In addition, the Group is the largest milk producer in the Rostov region and owns more than 4,000 heads of dairy cattle which includes approximately 2,200 milking cows.

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Don Agro International Limited (the “Company”) was listed on Catalist of the Singapore Exchange Securities Trading Limited (the “Exchange”) on 14 February 2020. The initial public offering of the Company was sponsored by PrimePartners Corporate Finance Pte. Ltd. (the “Sponsor”).

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Cargill issues 2021 world mycotoxin report to give animal feed industry actionable insights to improve performance and health of their animals

Survey includes key global trends, ingredient contamination rates and regional mycotoxin prevalence data


For farmers around the world, proactive risk management is key to protecting animal health and winning the battle against mycotoxins, a toxic substance produced by fungi that can grow on grains. They need comprehensive data on mycotoxin contaminates in order to make decisions regarding the inclusion of additives in feed to mitigate their presence. The report covers the contamination or prevalence rate (% positive analyses contaminated with at least one mycotoxin), the level of contamination (mycotoxin concentration level), and the species sensitivity when exposed to a given mycotoxin.

Key Global Trends

With these inputs in mind, we saw noteworthy data trends in 2021, including:

1. A high number of positive analyses above detection limits. In 2021, 72% of analyses were contaminated with at least one mycotoxin. Contamination is more likely than not across all ingredients.

2. The “Big Four.” The 2021 data shows that Vomitoxin, Fumonisin, Zearalenone and Aflatoxin are the most prevalent mycotoxins worldwide.

3. Positive analyses are not always concerning. For example, when looking at 2021 contaminated analyses, while 72% are positive for mycotoxin contamination, just 35% had contamination levels above Cargill performance risk thresholds.

Also included in the report are ingredient group trends – corn, cereals and oilseeds, species group trends and regional trends from around the world.

2021 Cargill World Mycotoxins Report Overview

Six years ago, Cargill Animal Nutrition created a global and web-based mycotoxins tool powered by hundreds of thousands of mycotoxins analyses. Today, with more than 300,000+ mycotoxin analyses captured annually across more than 150 global feed plants, on-farm samplings and storage locations, Cargill hosts the largest, most comprehensive mycotoxin contamination database in the world.

“Our customers need real-time actionable data to help them make decisions for the health of their animals. Thanks to our data centralization efforts, Cargill generates a critical information mass that allows us to characterize risk for each region, species, or ingredient”, said the author of the report, Dr. Clement Soulet, Global Category Manager for Additives for Cargill’s Animal Nutrition business.

Risk Management Powered by Data

Cargill can evaluate worldwide, large-scale trends and provide customized mycotoxin risk information with the most extensive global dataset data. Data collected from the past four years indicates increasing mycotoxin prevalence. Proactive risk management is key to winning the battle against mycotoxins. Success is driven by developing informed and targeted plans that quickly identify mycotoxin threat levels and minimize risk. Based on our extensive risk management expertise, Cargill Animal Nutrition helps customers implement the right mycotoxin mitigation strategy at the right place and at the right time. The complete 2021 World Mycotoxin Report can be found here.


About Cargill

Cargill’s 155,000 employees across 70 countries work relentlessly to achieve our purpose of nourishing the world in a safe, responsible and sustainable way. Every day, we connect farmers with markets, customers with ingredients, and people and animals with the food they need to thrive. We combine 155 years of experience with new technologies and insights to serve as a trusted partner for food, agriculture, financial and industrial customers in more than 125 countries. Side-by-side, we are building a stronger, sustainable future for agriculture. For more information, visit 

Cargill announces leadership roles to accelerate strategic growth

Two new members are joining Cargill’s executive team as the company makes leadership changes to implement strategic growth initiatives.

“These leaders are committed to our customer-driven growth strategy and have deep experience in, and a passion for, innovation, disruption and building safe, responsible and sustainable solutions in food and agriculture,” said Dave MacLennan, Cargill chairman and CEO. “As we accelerate our growth strategy into specialties and value-add spaces, I’m confident this is the team to lead Cargill forward.”

Jon Nash is joining the company’s executive team as the leader of the global protein and salt enterprise. He succeeds Brian Sikes, who was recently named the company’s chief operating officer (COO). Nash led the North American protein business since 2019. Since joining Cargill in 1998, he has held commercial, operations and finance leadership roles in the protein business. Nash is based in Wichita, Kansas.

Pilar Cruz joins the company’s executive team as its new Chief Sustainability Officer. In this role, she will have responsibility for the company’s sustainability, corporate responsibility and global communications functions. Cruz currently leads the company’s global aqua nutrition business, which recently announced the SeaFurther Sustainability program to help salmon farmers reduce the environmental footprint of their fish by 30% by 2030. Cruz is originally from Colombia. She joined Cargill in 2002, and has held leadership roles in North America, Latin America and Europe. She also led the company’s global strategy and development function, focusing on strategy, mergers and acquisitions and business development.

Ruth Kimmelshue will now lead Cargill’s animal nutrition and health enterprise after five years leading global business operations and supply chains. She has been a member of the executive team since 2015, and previously held leadership roles in the protein and agricultural supply chain businesses. She has played a significant role in leading the company’s sustainability efforts, serving as its first Chief Sustainability Officer.

Julian Chase, who leads the company’s transformation initiatives, will take on additional responsibilities leading business operations and supply chains. He joined the executive team in 2018 and is driving a culture of continuous improvement in both commercial and functional areas.

David Webster will lead the food ingredients and bioindustrial enterprise. Webster joined the company’s executive team in 2019. He spent several years leading the global edible oils business, and most recently headed the company’s animal nutrition and health enterprise. Currently based in the U.S., Webster will relocate to the Netherlands in 2022.

Webster succeeds Frank van Lierde, who will retire after 32 years with the company. Based in Belgium and an engineer by training, Van Lierde’s career in food ingredients and bioindustrials began with Cargill in 1989. He has been part of Cargill’s executive team since 2015.

These leadership changes will be effective April 1, 2021. Van Lierde will help manage a smooth transition through the end of Cargill’s fiscal year and retire on June 1, 2021.

About Cargill

Cargill’s 155,000 employees across 70 countries work relentlessly to achieve our purpose of nourishing the world in a safe, responsible and sustainable way. Every day, we connect farmers with markets, customers with ingredients, and people and animals with the food they need to thrive. We combine 155 years of experience with new technologies and insights to serve as a trusted partner for food, agriculture, financial and industrial customers in more than 125 countries. Side-by-side, we are building a stronger, sustainable future for agriculture.


Cargill promotes the role of Mexican women in agricultural

Through social responsibility programs, the company also demonstrates its commitment to achieving gender parity, not only within the company, but through its supply chains by empowering women in communities.Key partners, Heifer International and Educampo Chiapas, enhance the economic well-being of women by strengthening their capacity and presence in their rural communities and families.

Historically, women have had less access to agricultural assets, inputs, services, and employment opportunities in rural areas compared to men. In order to break a cycle that excludes 51% of the Mexican population, Cargill Mexico, together with Heifer International and Educampo Chiapas, work to strengthen female participation throughout the agribusiness value chain.

This support is done through the economic empowerment of women. The organizations offer women who participate in Hatching Hope and Educampo Chiapas the skills, tools, and resources needed to empower their production, business management and life. The stereotypes that usually slow down their development are challenged, and their voices are included in critical conversations, transforming the role of women for future generations.
In 2019, Cargill in partnership with Heifer International, launched Hatching Hope to improve the income, poultry production, and access to protein for women farmers and their communities.

By 2021, Hatching Hope Mexico plans to impact 6.56 million people through increasing awareness and education around the production, promotion, and consumption of poultry, with a focus on eggs. This goal is only possible thanks to the hard work of women smallholder farmers who are committed to helping their families, communities and businesses prosper.

“With the trainings I have managed to produce 150 eggs a week for my own consumption and sale, this improved my family income because now I help with the family’s spending,” said Luisa Martínez Cruz, beneficiary of the town of San Lorenzo Barreras, Oaxaca.

In May 2020, 178 families were trained in improved production techniques, 58 producers were receiving training on improved poultry production and productivity, and 32 have already been linked to a reliable market.

Another key partner in Mexico, Educampo Chiapas, promotes the development of small producers who have incomes below the minimum wage and who subsist in conditions of high marginalization. Through these programs the organizations #ChooseToChallenge the current economic and social roles of women that resulting in equity in society and at home.

Valencia Figueroa, Educampo Chiapas participant in Flores Magón, shared, “In the last year my production  and quality life have both improved. We sell a portion of our outputs and the other half is for our personal consumption. Now my husband focuses on the field and I manage the overall operations.”

From 2019 to 2020, 14 localities in seven municipalities of Chiapas have benefited, 194 producers increased their production by 150%, of which 6% are women.

Women have always been present in the field, with an active and leading relevance derived from their work that has served to connect and educate.

Alejandra Ruiz, leader of the Cargill women’s network in Mexico commented that “Cargill recognizes the critical role that women play in agribusiness. When women can increase their income, whole community thrives with them, therefore, it is relevant for the company to work hand in hand with strategic allies to promote inclusive financing, access to markets and improve its technical capabilities.”

About Cargill

Cargill’s 155,000 employees across 70 countries work relentlessly to achieve our purpose of nourishing the world in a safe, responsible and sustainable way. Every day, we connect farmers with markets, customers with ingredients, and people and animals with the food they need to thrive. We combine 155 years of experience with new technologies and insights to serve as a trusted partner for food, agriculture, financial and industrial customers in more than 125 countries. Side-by-side, we are building a stronger, sustainable future for agriculture.

About Cargill Mexico
Cargill Mexico aims to contribute to the improvement of agricultural productivity, satisfying and fulfilling the expectations of the national industry. In addition to adding value to human and animal nutrition, thus encouraging economic development, Cargill Mexico reinvests its profits in different new businesses within the country. Cargill maintains operations in Mexico through 8 business units, employs more than 1,750 people in 12 states of the country and has 25 facilities, including a corporate office in Mexico City. For more information, visit

About Educampo
Mexican Foundation for Rural Development, A.C. is a non-welfare civil association that emerged more than five decades ago to promote productive projects and human development of Mexican rural producers, thus generating a decent, sustainable, and independent standard of living.

It encourages small producers to obtain higher yields in their production lines through access to technology, to better productive, commercial, and organizational practices. The Foundation is aimed at the low-income rural sector with potential for development, that is, peasants who have tools to work with, such as small areas for planting.

Its pioneers believed it possible to bring the sense of business to the field, considering that the lack of capital was the cause of low productivity in this sector. The operational team is made up of multidisciplinary professionals. The national office is located in Mexico City, extending its reach to four entities in Mexico: Campeche, Chiapas, Jalisco and Yucatán.

About Heifer International
Heifer International is an NGO that works to combat hunger and poverty and take care of the planet, promoting sustainable practices involving small producers in agricultural development.

Heifer International, focuses its work on strengthening the livelihoods of rural families, to alleviate hunger and poverty while taking care of the earth, achieving a sustainable life through the generation of a decent income and the development of their social capital and associative capacities. Since its founding in 1944, Heifer has provided assistance to 20.7 million families – more than 36.9 million people – in more than 21 countries, pushing them on the path to economic prosperity, out of poverty and hunger.

Heifer has been working in Mexico since 1977 supporting families to achieve better nutrition and higher incomes through projects that promote food self-sufficiency and participation in inclusive value chains, strengthening the local economy with a focus on market ties, care of the environment and seeking to restore the social fabric with a focus on women and the family.