On 10th January a special project in Kalinovik reached its conclusion with 33 Holstein cows being added to livestock herds for breeding and milk production.
The project was initiated in September 2018 by Major General Martin Dorfer, COMEUFOR in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and delivered by the CIMIC team in the Austrian National element supporting EUFOR.
COMEUFOR met with the Mayor of Kalinovik, Mrs Mileva Komlenovic, on 14th September 2018; they discussed EUFOR’s presence during military exercises in the area, and how to minimise possible disruption to the local population due to troop movements.
After the meeting, Major General Dorfer agreed to facilitate a project involving the procurement of 33 dairy cows, which would benefit the people of Kalinovik.
Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Wallinger, project manager for the plan, said: “We have managed to assist with the process to procure 33 of the world’s best dairy breed, the famous black and white Holstein-Friesian cows”.
The cows, specially selected for breeding and milk-production, arrived in Kalinovik on 21st December 2018; they then had a routine, 3-week, quarantine period.
On the day the cows were officially handed over to local farmers, Mrs Komlenovic said: “I am very satisfied with the successful conclusion of this project; the introduction of these cows is good news for the future of agriculture in Kalinovik”.
The Austrian “Carinthian Holstein Co-operative” supported the project, as they are experts in the export/import of Holstein-Friesian dairy cows.