Aydin Bozkurt may not have had the ability to identify various cattle breeds twenty-years ago, but he now runs a well-known livestock supplier and export company.
“My first encounter with cattle was in Dorset, England. I was visiting a Holstein Friesian herd and I didn’t even know what breed they were.” He told Catherina Cunnane – That’s Farming.
“I experienced a lightbulb moment – I wanted to establish my own company. There was an opening for a cattle exporter in the Baltic States.”
Aydin relished the idea of filling this niche in the market - exporting Latvian, Estonian and Lithuanian beef cattle to Poland and Croatia.
EURASIA Livestock LTD was established in 2008; it began trading with Turkey that year which is now its main export destination.
The company has gained a stable position in the Baltic beef export market and is now one of the largest livestock exporters and wholesalers in Latvia and the Baltic States.
Beef and Dairy Cattle
It supplies pedigree and cross-bred Charolais, Limousin, Hereford, Belgian-Blue, Aberdeen Angus and Simmental bulls and specialises in providing premium meat.
In-calve dairy and beef heifers are supplied under the Euro Genetics S.R.O name.
All cattle – which are grouped by age and weight - graze the pastures and consume hay that is made on the farm.
Growth hormones have never been used on the holding and feed is not supplemented with antibiotics, according to the director.
A veterinary practitioner visits the enterprise as an animal's health and welfare is proritised all-year-round.
Customers include large beef farms, food companies, retailers, producers and manufacturers in Europe, Turkey, Kazakhstan and the Middle East.
“Right now, we are exporting cattle from the Chinese border in the east of Uzbekistan to Portugal in the western region of the EU.” The company director said.
Cattle Express is its livestock transport division, which is responsible for carrying animals to Turkey, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, North Africa and Europe.
Some forty-five people are employed in total including drivers, office administrators and farm workers as well as an operation field team.
“We can call ourselves a kind of ‘one stop shop’ - sourcing desired cattle on farms and providing transport.
“We have full quarantine services in our two collection and quarantine centres and the animals reach their final destination by our modern fleet.”
EURASIA Livestock has two collection centres in two regions of Latvia with an ability to hold 2,000 cattle. It also has ten livestock trucks, a range of trailers for international transport and three small trucks for local collections.
When animals are collected and classified, they are grouped and vaccinated accordingly. They are exported to EU and non-EU countries, following the required quarantine period.
EURASIA Livestock is exporting 8-10 trucks a month at present and it is expecting this figure to increase to twenty trucks a month - approximately 1350-1400 head - in September.
Highlighting the company’s presence worldwide, Aydin said he has been in contact with Irish cattle exporters and travelled to the island on three separate occasions last year.
Despite his best efforts, he has yet to receive the green light to trade with Ireland; he contacted Department and Veterinary officials last year.
“Irish officials were not in favour of exporting cattle to Turkey by road because of the distance a total 4,000kms.”
“I suggested an additional 24-hour stop in France for the purpose of animal health and welfare.”
“Officials disapproved of my idea; Irish beef farmers missed out on this massive opportunity.”
Looking forward, EURASIA LTD plans to grow its business by continuing to offer a reliable service with a view to expanding its range of suppliers.
Its followers – which are dotted across the globe – engage with content – photos and videos – on a daily basis.
“We offer an extensive range of products; have strong relationships with our suppliers and focus on quality assurance and consistency.”
“Our main objective is not to be the biggest but the most stable beef cattle export company in our region where both buyers and sellers can trust our service.”
Its strategic plan is to deliver high-quality products that meet the individual needs of each customer, as well as to respond to the demands of the ever-changing beef cattle market.
“Our slogan is ‘as we promised’ – we never accept a project or order, if we believe for one second that we cannot complete it.” The founder concluded.