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         DN AGRAR is one of the largest milk producers in Europe and the largest integrated livestock farm in Romania.

         Since listing the company on the Bucharest Stock Exchange in 2022, DN AGRAR have tripled its business and through the growth strategy, supported by operational               efficiency and the development of a new farm, the company aims to double the business by the end of 2027.

Straja Project

One of the established projects for the year 2023 is the Straja Project, which involves the construction of a new farm with a total capacity of 5000 animals, including 3800 dairy cows and 1200 young cattle, equipped with 2 milking parlors and it will be built on a total area of 10 hectares.
We will implement the Straja project in 2 stages, with each stage involving the population of the Straja farm with 1800 milking cows and 700 young cattle. This way, we will be able to start milk production after completing the first stage.

 

Additionally, to limit the need for additional purchases of milking cows for this project, we will ensure the majority of the cows internally through our young cattle breeding program, which we carry out in our other farms.

Project phases:

Phase I:
Phase I includes land preparation for the construction of the new farm and additional buildings, as well as the construction of a new manure lagoon. We anticipate that this phase will be completed by the end of November 2023.
 
Phase II:
During phase II, we will start with the foundation construction, building the first barn, installing the 2 milking parlors, establishing farm access roads, and constructing the feed shelter and office facilities for staff. This phase will take place from January to July 2024.
 
Phase III
Phase III will occur from July to December 2024 and will involve the construction of outdoor paddocks for the animals. Once this stage is completed, the farm’s capacity will be 1900 milking cows and 600 young cattle. Essentially, with the completion of this phase, we will commence milk production.
 
Phase IV
During phase IV, we will undertake activities to expand the farm’s capacity, including the construction of additional paddocks and shelters for feed, as well as other necessary adjacent structures. We will initiate this phase starting in January 2025. After the completion of this phase, the farm will be fully operational and productive at its maximum capacity.
 

Installation of Robots in the Milking Parlors of Our Farms

To enhance work efficiency in our farms, we plan to install and utilize industrial robots in our two farms: LACTO AGRAR and CUT. Based on our internal analysis, employing these robots in the milking parlors will result in a 50% increase in reduction of manual labor, after this project is implemented and finalized.
 
These robots are specifically designed for use in milking parlors with milking parlors, which we have in both Lacto Agrar and Cut farms.

 

Dipping tits sprayer, after the milking process

This is a fully automated teat dip sprayer specifically designed for rotary parlors. The works with most standard teat dips automatically spraying teats post milking clusters are removed.

 

The system automatically sprays teats with the post-dip solution. As a result, it fully coats and protects teats from mastitis-causing bacteria between milkings.

 

– Eliminate salary and expenses for one labor position per shift
– Save money without sacrificing udder health
– Prevent mastitis and its associated costs
– See a full return on investment in 1 year

 

We have already started this project at our two farms, installing this type of robot starting from May 2023.


With this phase finalized, we will reduce the manual labor with 25%.

 

Pre-Cleaning tits and milk stimulation robot

It is well known that to minimize clinical mastitis and its associated costs, teats and udders must be as clean as possible. In robot systems, cleaning teats before milking is an automatic process.

This dairy robot completely automates the whipping position by performing teat cleaning, teat sanitizing, teat stimulation and teat wiping.

The brushes on this rotary robot remove debris from the teats and udder, reducing the possibility for infection and lowering the likelihood of both mastitis and bimodality.

As the brushes grab onto the teats, they also perform automatic pre-stimulation which can lead to faster milk let down.

Once installed, this robot requires no interaction from parlor staff.

– Eliminate salary and labor expenses for whipping and cleaning the udder
– Save money without sacrificing udder health
– Prevent mastitis and its associated costs
– See a full return on investment in 1 year

We anticipate installing this type of robot, starting from July 2023, and with this, we willreduce the manual labor with 25%.

After these robots are installed and performing in our Lacto Agrar and Cut farm, we will have a 50% reduction in manual labor regarding the milking process, for both farms.

Compost Factory

To reduce the costs of water transportation to waste lagoons and fields for vegetable residues, in 2023, we will build a composting factory near Apold Farm. This initiative will also establish an alternative line of business.

 

We aim to develop a composting unit for our farm waste, aligning perfectly with DN AGRAR’s strategy and focusing on achieving circular agriculture.

 

Composting our waste will save transportation costs, allow us to increase the number of dairy cows, and generate additional revenue through the sale of compost.

 

Furthermore, this investment will help us proactively address future legislative changes regarding circular agriculture, which we fully support.

 

We will outline the phases of this project in the following paragraphs.

Project phases:

Phase I

Phase I includes preparing the land for the installation of the farm waste composting unit. We anticipate that this phase will be completed by the end of May 2023.

 

Phase II

During phase II, we will commence the construction of the foundation, which we expect to finish by the end of June 2023.

 

Phase III

Phase III will take place from July to September 2023 and will involve the actual construction of the composting unit.

 

Phase IV

In phase IV, the equipment, composting machine, packaging line, and necessary auxiliary equipment will be installed. We anticipate completing this phase in October 2023.

 

Phase V

We will finalize phase V in October – November 2023, marking the actual start of the compost production process.

 

Phase VI

In 2024, we plan to complete this project by installing solar panels on the composting factory’s roof.

The use of specialized equipment for spreading farm manure

At the company level, since 2021, we have aimed to reduce the purchase of chemical fertilizers and use the farm manure we have in a much more efficient manner, as it presents superior qualities for both the soil and the plants.

 

DN AGRAR implements modern soil conservation technology in its farms through the use of minimum tillage, which is environmentally friendly.

 

To achieve this goal, starting from 2022, we have made significant investments in this direction by acquiring specialized equipment with high capacity. With the help of this equipment, we apply a large portion of our semi-liquid organic fertilizers by incorporating the farm manure directly into the soil, thereby greatly reducing the risk of losing valuable nutrients through leaching or evaporation.

 

Through efficient and environmentally friendly management practices, we have achieved significant reductions in costs related to chemical fertilizers. We have also been able to reduce nitrogen losses by directly incorporating semi-liquid manure into the soil, thus achieving precise natural fertilization for our agricultural land.

 

Another benefit of directly incorporating semi-liquid fertilizers into the soil is a significant reduction in olfactory discomfort.

Implementation of the SAP solution

Starting from 2022, we initiated the project of implementing the SAP – ERP – Enterprise Resource Planning digital solution, which is defined as a unique IT platform useful for monitoring, controlling, and managing all activities, processes, and operations within a company.

 

The first company within DN AGRAR in which this integrated business solution was implemented was Lacto Agrar Farm in June 2022. By the end of 2022, we implemented the SAP-ERP system in all four farms within DN AGRAR, namely Lacto Agrar, Apold, Cut, and Prodlact.

 

In April 2023, we started the implementation of this digital system within DN AGRAR Service, and by the end of this year, we plan to implement the SAP solution in the other companies as well.

 

Through the implementation of the SAP-ERP integrated solution within DN AGRAR companies, we will have consolidated business processes, automated daily operations, and advanced management and reporting functionalities.

 

Business processes will be streamlined, adding value to the company through the use of ERP – SAP Business One. All business information will be integrated into a single, comprehensive, and scalable system. We will be able to quickly respond to the most challenging scenarios with advanced Business Intelligence tools. Our employees will have the opportunity to be dynamic and mobile through intuitive mobility solutions. We will benefit from visibility, control, traceability, and transparency for all business flows within the company, ranging from procurement and sales to production, logistics, and financial processes.

Implementation of IFRS standards

At the company level, we are preparing to upgrade to the Main Market of the Bucharest Stock Exchange.

 

This year, specifically on February 2, 2023, we celebrated our first year on the AeRO market of the BVB. Being the only listed company in 2022 that showed an increase in shares, nearly 20%, we are confident that we will be able to transfer to the Main Market in the coming years.

 

We are convinced that we will be ready, with the main factor being market conditions followed by the performance of our shares.

 

In preparation for the transfer, we have signed a contract to implement IFRS standards with a company that will assist us in preparing the reports for the years 2022/2023, in order to be ready for access to the main stock market.

 

This project will be carried out in stages, and currently, we are in the first stage where our collaborating partner is reprocessing the financial statements for 2021 and 2022 based on the IFRS standard.

 

We anticipate completing these operations by May 2024.

Simplifying the structure of DN AGRAR GROUP

One of the established directions for this year is the simplification of the group structure of companies within DN AGRAR.

 

We are in an advanced phase of analyzing the structure of the entire Group to find the most efficient solutions in this regard.

 

We anticipate completing this stage by the end of this year, and it will start to take effect from January 1, 2024.

Rusu Mircea Marian

Marian is graduate of the “1 DECEMBRIE 1918” University of Alba-Iulia – Faculty of Sciences, Specialization Cadastre, and is professionally authorized, starting with 2012, for the realization of the geodesy and cadastre works, category B.

He has been part of the DN AGRAR team since 2009, starting his activity as a topographer engineer. Due to his dedication and the performances accumulated within the company, starting with 2011, he holds the position of Technical Director within DN AGRAR GROUP SA and is responsible for the activity of the Topography Department.

Dan Bogdan Ioan

Bogdan started his career within DN AGRAR, as Head of Farm at SC DN Agrar Berghin SRL, between 2012 and 2017, and starting with 2017 he holds the position of Manager of vegetal production within DN AGRAR GROUP SA.

He is responsible for the organization and planning of the agricultural works within DN AGRAR, for the quality and quantity of the crops that are produced annually, for the processes of treatment and storage of the seed lots, as well as for the coordination of the entire team of agronomists within the company.

He is a graduate of the University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine Cluj-Napoca – Faculty of Agriculture, specializing in Agriculture and holds a Master’s degree in Organic Agriculture, graduated in 2011. He is professionally authorized by ANF, is a grader authorized by CNGSC Romania and is authorized by ITCSM România.

Mihaela Laura Nicula

Mihaela is the Chief Accountant within DN AGRAR, since 2011. She ensures the organization of the financial-accounting activity of the company and she is responsible for the timely fulfillment of the obligations towards the state budget and towards third parties.

She is a graduate of the Babes-Bolyai University Cluj-Napoca and holds a Master’s degree in Accounting Audit. She is professionally authorized as a Chartered Accountant and is a member of CECCAR since 2010.

Before joining DN AGRAR team, Mihaela was a legal loans analyst and a member of the loan approval committee within a banking institution, as well as an economist in a company with a similar profile.

Ștefan Gabriel Țico

Gabriel holds the position of Economic Director within DN AGRAR, since 2008.

“Being at the beginning of the road, DN AGRAR offered me the opportunity to develop professionally, together with a young and motivated team, which had a bold goal: to become the largest agrozootechnical farm in Romania.”

He is a graduate of the “1 DECEMBRIE 1918” University of Alba-Iulia and holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration.

He is professionally licensed as a Chartered Accountant and a member of CECAR since 2011.

Before joining DN AGRAR, Gabriel was at a company specialized in the processing of ferrous and non-ferrous metals.

Trufaș Adina

Adina is a graduate of the Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies and has a Master’s degree in Audit and Accounting Expertise. Due to her high interest in animal husbandry, she attended qualification courses and has specialized in countries such as Ireland, England, Italy and the USA.

She is part of DN AGRAR team from 2011, starting as responsible of the Lacto Agrar farm.

Due to her involvement, experience and the performances accumulated within the farm, starting with 2015, she is the Manager of Livestock Farms of DN AGRAR GROUP SA.

Hilbertus Peter De Boer

Peter is a graduate of the Faculty of Law and Business Administration at Leiden University, the Netherlands, as well as the financial evaluation and modeling course at the CFI Corporate Financial Institute.

He is part of the DN AGRAR team since 2019, as Strategic Corporate Financial Manager and Investor Relations Manager.

Due to his experience, Peter is responsible for leading the administrative departments of the DN AGRAR group of companies, he is responsible for establishing and implementing HR strategies, as well as the strategy of digitization of the companies within the group, by implementing an ERP system and a management software for agriculture.

From the perspective of the relationship with the investors of DN AGRAR, Peter is responsible for maintaining an efficient, constant and transparent communication, ensuring a long-term partnership with them.

Jan Gijsbertus de Boer

A graduate of the Higher Institute of Agriculture in Groningen and a founding member of DN AGRAR, Jan Gijsbertus de Boer has a large experience in the field of agri-business, accumulated over 20 years.

Arriving in Romania in 2008, he found here the people and the conditions to building a business in agriculture and especially dairy farms.

He put into practice all the knowledge gained in the years of leadership from the farms in the Netherlands and Germany. Thanks to the efforts made, DN AGRAR became in 2022, the largest integrated livestock farm in Romania.

“We are investing because we want to stay here, to sell here, to win together: DN AGRAR and Romania.”

“By listing on the Bucharest Stock Exchange, we wanted to develop through the capital market and, at the same time, to increase investors’ interest in the Romanian agribusiness sector.”