PPK Karlovac in Croatia - a large and modern cattle barn with Strohmatic littering system

The farm  is modernizing and expanding its cattle production in Stari Sumbar, relying on the stable technology from Schauer Agrotronic from Austria

The Croatian meat producer and food retailer PPK Karlovac modernized the existing cattle fattening barn with 1200 heads and expanded it to 2000 fattening places. The high quality of the Schauer housing equipment, as well as the technological leadership with the Strohmatic littering system, were the reason for the investor to trust Schauer for the modernization of the cattle barn.

Our latest customer in Croatia, the company PPK Karlovac, was founded in 1963 and belongs to the Pivac Group. With a total number of 2,000 employees and almost 300 retail stores, one of the market leaders is one of the market leaders in the meat processing sector in Croatia. The best-known products that the subsidiaries of the Pivac Group manufacture are Dalmatian prosciutto, Dalmatian bacon, dried loin of pork and dried pork loin, but also dry sausages and salamis. The parent company Braca Pivac has existed since 1952.

The “Stari Šumbar” cattle barn, which was renovated in 2020 and equipped by the SCHAUER Agrotronic, is part of a large-scale renovation program that has already cost 18 million kuna (approx. 2.4 million euros) to date. The primary benefit is to improve the conditions for keeping the animals and reduce the negative impact on the environment. At the same time, the customer, which has already been existing for 40 years, expanded the cattle barn by 800 fattening places from 1,200 to 2,000.

In addition to the usual high-quality, stable equipment and a computer-controlled manure removal system with touchscreen operation, animal health and work efficiency, in particular, were taken into account through the use of the SCHAUER Strohmatic littering system. This system shreds and dedusts the straw from large bales and transports it quietly and automatically to the fattening pens. This makes the straw much more absorbent, leading to a 50% reduction in the straw requirement. At the same time, the dust-free straw is an essential part of unpolluted and healthier stable air, from which not only the animals but also the workers benefit.

PPK CEO Igor Miljak is audibly proud when he reports in an interview that if a stable were to be built in Germany or the Netherlands today, it would look just like his renovated stable.

Therefore, the meat parts of the animals fattened in this stable are not only to be marketed in Croatia but also in the regions of Milan, Florence and Tuscany, where the Pivac Group products are already enjoying increasing popularity.

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