The journalists of Zvezda, a newspaper from Stanovoe District, met Euro Land’s Operation Manager Per Rendbaek to talk about the company’s plans and prospects for development.
Mr. Rendbaek says that clean-up and reconstruction are now in progress at the TOKs and the farm territory.
The company’s plans are to develop its cattle breeding business. It’s totally new to the segment because Otrada Group’s core operations are centered around gilt breeding and sales. According to Mr. Rendbaek, the company is going to invest in improvement of forage quality, purchase of new machinery, and optimization of production processes. Euro Land in Stanovoe owns around 10,000 ha of land plots. The preferable ingredients for producing pig feeds are barley, triticale, wheat, and horse beans, while alfalfa and silage maize are used in making cattle feeds. Some of the land plots are seeded with brewing barley and sunflower.
Since modern machinery is essential for reaching high performance and developing competitive production, Euro Land gives priority to global machinery makers. The bulk of the company’s machinery is produced by Claas and Horsch, and is provided with OEM maintenance services. All of these machines are reliable, highly efficient, and sizable (12 m in width). The tractors are equipped with GPS guidance for controlled traffic farming. Apart from buying new machines, the company intends to implement modern crop production practices, specifically, no-till farming whereby the soil is left without tillage and covered with mulch to prevent erosion. As these methods require specific soil condition, land improvement operations will take several years. In no-till farming, it is important that the field surface is even because the machines are supposed move on the same tracks.
While modern technologies supersede human labor and bring its role in production to a minimum, cutting-edge companies stay focused on people. Goals are challenging, but tasks are set clearly and workers are rewarded for their merits and achievements with special attention paid to training in advanced machinery operation. The company is involving professionals from other farms, especially operators, to train the employees. Euro Land is staffed with around 100 people. For the most part, these are the people who chose to stay on their jobs after the reorganization of Moskovskoye and Palyonskoye farms. The staff includes highly qualified agronomists, engineers and farm workers. Euro Land’s production operations are carried out by experienced machinery operators and livestock breeders who are driven by results. The company is also looking to create new jobs due to the construction of two multiplication pig farms in the nearest future.
Written by Svetlana Malyutina.