The family-owned business Agroprodservice was founded nearly 20 years ago. In the beginning they worked mainly on breeding crops. They then entered livestock production with pigs. Today, the company is one of the leading pig fatteners in Ukraine. "We have nine pig sheds, a barn for breeding bulls and four dairy cattle units", explains Ivan Chaikivkyi, the company's founder, "and with 2 million chickens we are also successful in the poultry sector. Last year we started up our own turkey farm.“
We get the feed we need from the forage mixing plant in Nastasiv. This produces around 75,000 tonnes of feed a year.
The 42,000 hectares are planted with crops that are typical for the region: winter wheat, winter rape seed, winter barley and several summer crops such as summer barley and peas. In recent years we have grown corn maize and soya beans as forage for our own animals. The beans are processed in our own soya plant to make oil and soybean meal. Anything we don't use ourselves is exported to Europe.
At the company's location in Nastasiv there is also a seed plant where they have modern laboratories that work intensively on seed breeding. The agricultural giant is represented throughout Ukraine with its own seed material.
Two years ago, Agroprodservice started processing meat so that they could process their own animal produces themselves. Many products that are largely handmade are sold through their own retail outlets.
This highly successful agricultural firm has high demands on quality as part of its company philosophy, which also focusses on appreciation of their employees and the company's roots in the surrounding area. "Our employees are our most important asset", says Andrii Baran, the General Director of the company. With 2,000 employees, they place great emphasis on continuity: the company's management motivate their staff with permanent wage increases and various social benefits. The owner is a family man who strives to promote the local community, families, and improve future opportunities for the community's children. The recipe for success at human level includes a range of different regional social projects in village schools, kindergartens and churches.
Quality is a very important part of the company philosophy. "We want to offer our customers the highest quality, which begins in the field and extends into our shops", says company founder, Ivan Chaikivkyi. It was with this philosophy in mind that Agroprodservice discovered PÖTTINGER. The slightly higher investment costs are clearly accounted for by the added value and they have the figures to explain them. "You only find free cheese in a mouse trap", jokes the company founder.
"We have set ourselves the target of increasing our profits. We see a potential of around 15 to 20 percent, especially in efficiency", says the General Director, Andrii Baran.
With a view to increasing efficiency while maintaining quality, the company tested several machines. Following tests with a variety of seed drills that produced convincing results and they purchased their first TERRASEM. Meanwhile there are now six of these PÖTTINGER mulch seed drills in operation at this large farming operation.
"Because of the enormous distances and different sizes of our fields - from 10 to 300 hectares - we need a very flexible and high output machine. The TERRASEM produces a perfect result in varying soil conditions", says the Technical Director and brother of the company owner, Vitalii Chaikivskyi, highlighting the flexibility of the mulch seed drill.
The dimensions of the farms are so huge in Ukraine that despite rain it is quite possible that fields in some areas are still dry. In such a case the machine can adapt very quickly from the conditions in one field to another. As a result, large areas can be processed with just one seed drill. Another advantage of the TERRASEM is that seedbed preparation and sowing take place in a single pass. This protects the soil from drying out.
The Technical Director, Vitalii Chaikivskyi, enthuses about the advantages of the machine: "Perfect plant growth, observing the development of the plant following germination, that is what matters most."