The month of July in the family company EURO-TIM d.o.o. owned by Danijela and Darko Grivičić, with their headquarters in the small Slavonian village of Kujnik, took place in the sign of intensive harvesting and other works.
With 50 hectares of their own and about 800 hectares of state land in a long-term concession in the municipalities of Sibinj and Brodski Stupnik, the company with eleven employees, mostly young people, is engaged in farming, alfalfa clover production, livestock, and since the spring of 2018 in Slobodnica Slavonski Brod, they also opened a plant for the production of pellets, worth about three million kunas. In it, they process a part of alfalfa that is sown on larger areas and plant residues from the fields and sell them as finished products.
"We are quite satisfied with the season so far. In the production of barley, we achieved a yield of about 8 tons per hectare, which is our best yield of this grain so far. The yield of organic wheat was lower - a little more than 5 tons per hectare because our mice and voles did a lot of damage. We are satisfied with the yield of organic oilseed rape, which we harvested 2.3 tons per hectare. We delivered the barley to the malt factory, and we immediately exported organic wheat and oilseed rape and achieved a satisfactory price. From field crops on our areas, we also have soybeans and corn, which received very good rains in June and July, so the crops look phenomenal and, according to the current situation, promise excellent yields," Darko Grivičić tells us while a team of workers mows alfalfa under which they have this year 230 acres.
On the part of the field already the fourth mowing of alfalfa
In some areas, it was the third and in one even the fourth mowing of that valuable fodder crop that is grown according to ecological principles. They sell part in bales and form part in their plant they produce pellets for feeding cattle. As pioneers in the production of agro pellets in Croatia, in addition to alfalfa, they also use large amounts of other biomass, plant residues (wheat, oilseed rape, soybeans) from their fields where organic production predominates (about 600 hectares).
The proud owner also drove us to the alfalfa field to see how the business was going. Its employees Dražen Mesaroš and Hrvoje Dikanović routinely mowed with the machines of Slovenian company SIP Šempeter, which are pulled by stronger tractors of 160 horsepower, although, they say, those of 130 hp is enough for these mowing jobs.
"In recent years, I have been working a lot on mowing and storing alfalfa and we are very satisfied with SIP's mowers with 9 meters working width. The best working speed is 7 to 10 kilometers per hour. This third alfalfa mowing is a bit weaker on this surface, so in seven hours we have already mowed about 75 hectares, and then we go with a tedder, which also covers 9 meters, so that the mowed mass dries as soon as possible.
By the way, our whole team is young, we are all under 30 and it means a lot to us that we are employed here, our salaries are good, we have nothing to complain about. We don't need Germany or Ireland or a third European country, we are fine here, we are at home with our families," said Dražen Mesaroš, who has been working for the company from Kujnik for 13 years.
His colleague Hrvoje Dikanović, who is younger in terms of work experience, is also satisfied with his employment status, but also with the robust and powerful machines of SIP Šempeter company, with which they do a lot of quality work in a short time.
From a small mower to the line of SIP machines
"The machines are strong and high quality, easy to maintain, the manufacturer sends us the necessary parts on time. We are well trained, failures are really rare, and if something bigger happens we call their experts and they solve it for us," says Hrvoje.
After a short conversation with his employees and arranging jobs for the next few days because he is going on vacation to the Adriatic with his family, Darko Grivičić praised us for his hard-working team of young, hard-working and responsible people whom, as he says, he can completely rely on, because they do their job very correctly. He points out that most of these young men got married after joining his company, started families with children, bought houses, and stayed in their homeland in Slavonia because they have a secure job and livelihood. As for mechanization, and cooperation with this renowned Slovenian company specializing in machines for mowing and collecting forage, he says that he first bought a small mower, but that he was already convinced that it was a quality machine.
"It didn't have a conditioner, and without it, clover is harder to dry and you get less protein. So when you mow alfalfa without kneading, the leaf dries quickly, and while the stalk dries, the leaf dries out and losses occur when the mass gathers. And it doesn't matter if the percentage of protein is 11-12 or 17-18 percent, when we decided to increase the production of alfalfa, I talked to Željko Šoštarić, sales manager of SIP Šempeter, for Croatia, and at his suggestion, we bought mower. "Then I saw a big difference in the quality of dried alfalfa. As our market expanded, we increased the area under alfalfa. From the first 50 ha, in the meantime, we raised production to more than 200 hectares, and we will go up to 300," praises Grivičić and he adds that they now have triple mowing combination with a total of 9-meters working width."
Here, you saw today: our guys will mow 80 hectares of alfalfa in one shift. After mower, they will ted on nine meters, which allows the mowed mass to dry faster and the next day we can bale alfalfa with moisture from 12 to 15 percent, ”says our host. He adds that they procured a whole set of SIP machines for mowing, drying and baling alfalfa. In addition to the mower and tedder, they also have 2 rakes of seven meters each.
We can make 500 to 600 big bales per day
"We procured them to collect dried alfalfa in bundles from an area of 14 meters wide and after that, we can make 500 to 600 large bales a day with a baler. Since we have been working with SIP machines, I can only say good words for them and for cooperation with this renowned company, and about the supply of spare parts. We haven't had any major problems with them so far. The machines are really powerful. It is important to point out here who and how works with them, and I am very happy with my guys," he emphasizes.
Vir: Agro klub