Top Farms Wielkopolska
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Top Farms Wielkopolska spans arable land in Wielkopolska.
Our farms are located in the following districts: Czempiń, Kościan, Kamieniec, Gostyń, Poniec, Piaski, Stęszew and Krzywiń. The company operations are focuses on the production of cereals, rape, sugar beets and potatoes. We also produce significant quantities of qualified cereal seeds but also seeds for high protein plants, grasses and small seed plants.

Furthermore our portfolio includes fruit growing: apples, cherries, blackcurrants and gooseberry. Since the 1990s the entire orchard has been covered by an integral protection programme. We introduced this programme as one of the first forms in Poland. A characteristic of this activity is the production of healthy fruits and juices, pressed using our own, modern production line.

Top Farms Wielkopolska is also a significant domestic milk producer. The company has a heard with nearly 1400 milk cows generating an annual production of more than 7 million litres of top quality milk.

Top Farms Wielkopolska is also famous for high quality of raw spirit, mainly rye. This spirit is used by leading vodka manufacturers. The distillery at the company produces spirit observing traditional technologies.

Top Farms Wielkopolska superior advantage is quality and safety of produced foodstuffs.Production at the company takes place in accordance with the Code of Good Agricultural Practices, Integrated Production system and the European REDcert system (in terms of cereals and rape production). We take care of the environment through maintaining mid field hedgerows and creating new roadside alleys, which are an excellent habitat for many animal species. The works associated with developing green belts in the company, make up the tree lined hedgerows established in the middle if the 19th century by Dezydery Chłapowski.

In 2011 Experimental Variety Research and new fertilizers and chemical products departments were established.
To run in a manner in accordance with the methodology in place at the primary research units in Poland, cooperation with breeders, corporations producing fertilizers and plant protection products is used.

Some experiments are conducted together with recipients of raw materials produced by the company. The company has at its disposal agricultural equipment as well as modern IT tools supporting management.

On account of the high quality of supplied raw materials, Top Farms Wielkopolska can boast cooperation with the biggest companies on the market, who are receivers of Company’s largest batches of products.

 

 

Seed production

Seed production is the dominant cereal production branch. Seedling crops take up an area of nearly 2 thousand hectares. Reproduction takes place within the scope of winter wheat, winter and annual triticale, winter and annual barley varieties and sometimes rye and avena. The selection of varieties is based on cooperation with leading Polish and foreign breeders, whereas a significant source of information for a final introduction of varieties for reproduction in the group are results of variety experiments carried out by the company. The experimental material is tested in terms of both adaption to regional climate and soil conditions and the material suitability for the given quality sector is analysed.

Additionally we also produce seedling grasses, lupin, peas and purple tansy. Reproduction is focused on production of seeds for the production of seeds and sale by Top Farms Group companies: Agro Sp. z o.o. and Rolimpex Sp. z o.o.

Seedling production complies with above standard quality requirements, the satisfaction of which is made possible due to the use of the large areas at the Company’s disposal. The knowledge pertaining to planning crop rotation as well as the correct selection of stations for seed production as well as the application of modern technologies combined with an opportunity to use ensure excellent conditions to produce qualified seeds. In order to ensure top quality control, a number of quality systems are in use at the company, which provide production with traceability of each stage of production for every batch of seeds.

Husbandry

Top Farms Wielkopolska owns a large milk cattle herd, numbering 1400 with nearly 700 milk cows.

TWF herd structure:

  • 700 – HF breed milk cows
  • 700 – female calves (including heifer calves)

Milk cows and Ffmale calves are reared at the location of Stary Gołębin.

On an annual basis we sell approx. 7 million litres of milk. The use of new technologies facilitated lower outlays and costs but primarily improved the animals’ well-being. We rear female breeding material and sell approximately 50 high quality HF genome heifer calves per year. Most of the heifer calves are inseminated with sexed sperm from Top Gen (Top Farms group company) guaranteeing a 90% female birth rate.

Our goal is to produce cows able to produce large quantities of milk with good composition, particularly high protein content over long periods.

Our female calves in different age categories have been awarded on numerous occasions at regional and national cattle exhibitions.

Combinable crops

The Combinable Crops Department at Top Farms Wielkopolska is engaged with the production of cereals and winter rape and the entire seed production. Organisationally and technologically the department in integrally linked to plant production at Top Farms, Siedlisko branch and combinable plant production at Jagrol.

Combinable plants at Top Farms Wielkopolska take up a total area of nearly 8 thousand hectares.

Winter rape production stands at nearly 10 thousand tonnes of seeds.
During harvest and storage the raw material is subject to strict quality control and assessment in order to provide raw material with top use value for sale. We constantly care for improving quality of the raw material which we get, and we are also focusing on modern varieties with the best use propewrties.

Within the scope of cereals, seedling crops dominate taking up an area of nearly 2 thousand hectares. Reproduction takes place within the scope of winter wheat, winter and annual triticale, winter and annual barley varieties and sometimes rye and avena. Other types include seedling grasses, lupin, peas and purple tansy. Reproduction is focused on production of seeds for the production of seeds and sale by Topfarms Group companies: Top Farms Agro Sp. z o.o. and Rolimpex Sp. z o.o. Seedling production complies with above standard quality requirements, the satisfaction of which is made possible due to the use of the large areas at the Company’s disposal and high management culture.

The second direction for Combinable Crops Department production is the production of quality cereals, primary winter wheat. The production of consumption wheat seeds stands at nearly 14 thousand tonnes per annum. Rye and triticale and barley are partially produced for quality reasons and the remaining part is designated as fodder.

Planning as well as the entire production process is based on principles in accordance with the Code of Goode Agricultural Practices and Integrated Plant Protection in order to achieve high product quality. The safety of cereal and rape production at Top Farms Wielkopolska is attested to be Global Gap and Red Cert quality certificates.

Fodder plants

The Fodder Plant department is engaged with production in order to satisfy fodder and litter demands posed by husbandry, its activity is directly linked to the parallel activity at Jagrol. Additionally, some corn seedling production constitutes a product to be sold on the market.

Plant species structure looks as follows:

  • Corn used to produce silage, LKS, CCM and seed.
  • Burclover
  • Meadow grasses – harvest for silage and hay.

Furthermore within the scope of this activity we are charged with harvesting and preparing hay and we manage organic fertilisers in the Company.

Mechanisation

Top Farms Wielkopolska Sp. z o.o. Mechanisation Department takes care of comprehensive provision of required agricultural services to other production departments. The primary task of the department is maintaining machines and devices in good working order. Additionally we also:

  • seek out equipment which is able to perform new tasks posed by
  • particular production departments,
  • purchase equipment necessary to use particular production departments,
  • purchase operational materials and repair our machinery,
  • search, sign agreements and reconcile agreements with service companies carrying out outsourced works,
  • conclude and monitor agreements for lease of machinery and devices from third party companies,
  • machine usage cost analysis,
  • analysis of future needs of production departments within the scope of mechanisation and analysis of future needs of the mechanisation department.

In order to perform its tasks the mechanisation department has at its disposal:

  • a group of qualified operators and mechanics,
  • repair workshops with the necessary equipment permitting the performance of most repairs to 5s standards,
  • tractors, such as John Deere, New Holland, Case farming and sowing machinery,
  • sprayers
  • other necessary machines such as: loaders, transport trailers, grassland machinery, fertiliser spreaders, ploughs and a wide range of devices to facilitate precise agriculture objectives.
Sugar beet

Sugar beets are produced on an area of nearly 900 hectares. Every year our combines harvest 50 thousand tonnes of high quality product.

Most crops are in the traditional plough system. We also partially sue cultivation simplifications with the sue of aggregate for deep cultivation. Together with sugar refineries we are conducting a series of experiments developing the production of sugar beets in Wielkopolskie conditions.

Harvest and loading of beets is done using specialised machinery optimal dates in terms of product delivery schedule do the sugar refinery.

Potato

Both organisationally and technically, the Potato Department is linked to the Parent Department for this crop at Jagrol which belongs to the Top Farms group of companies.  The potatoes cultivated at Top Farms Wielkopolska are designated for chips and purchased by renowned manufacturers.

 

Fruits / orchards

The orchards which are part of Top Farms Wielkopolska organisational structure are located in the vicinity of two villages, Głuchowo and Gorzyczki.

The total planting area stands at nearly 100 hectares, out of which:

  • Apple trees – 65 ha
  • Cherry trees – 10 ha
  • Gooseberries – 4 ha
  • Blackcurrants – 16 ha
  • Plums – 0.5 ha

Since the 1990s the entire orchard has been covered by an integral protection programme which was introduced here as one of the fist in Poland. A characteristic of this activity at Top Farms Wielkopolska is the production of healthy fruits and juices, pressed using our own, modern production line.

We welcome shop owners, wholesalers and private individuals as well as all those who value healthy eating. We manufacture the SOGO brand juices and other products.

Vegetables

TFW is an asparagus, sugar corn and seedling pea seeds producer. Through the extensive infrastructure there is an opportunity to water crops which, combined with modern cultivation technologies generates products of the highest quality.

What makes Top Farms Wielkopolska stand out from other large scale farms in Poland?

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Maciej Pietrzak

Top Farms Wielkopolska President of the Management Board

The driving force behind Top Farms Wielkopolska growth turned out to be the natural drawbacks in Wielkopolska.

Soil volatility with the dominance of weak soils, low rainfall and winds blowing away the most fertile soils have also posed a challenge to these areas.

The company went for flexibility and decided to make advantage of these drawbacks. On the one hand we provide crops from the earliest harvests in the country and at the same time we provide our customers with a long term storage alternative. Additionally we guarantee quality and quantity of intensive vegetable products or potatoes thorough guaranteeing water from irrigation.

Each one of our products, even those mass produced, is distinguished by defining its quality, certified product and production standards.

The key to our success is Wielkopolska reliability.