5,600 Slovenian cattle breeders are organized in 37 associations, responsible for professional education, counselling, collection and dissemination of various information etc. The umbrella association, GPZ z.o.o. – the Slovenian breeding organization of bovine species was founded in 2003 on the initiative of the national breeding organizations. Since 2007, the association has been publishing its own newspaper “Glas dežele” (Voice of the Country), intended mostly to breeders of bovine species, but increasingly it also covers other areas of agriculture. The newspaper is also available on the internet. The basic activity of the Slovenian breeding organization of bovine species (GPZ) is to raise the competitiveness of farms in all areas. In the last few years, breeding of bovine species in Slovenia has achieved remarkable progress and modernization, and we will also be able to admire it in the submitted excursion programme.
Arrival in Slovenia, accommodation in hotel Sport**** in Otočec, dinner and overnight stay.
After breakfast a visit to the Institute for Agriculture and Forestry. Presentation by the Chamber of commerce, activities and funding of the Institute. Presentation of the cattle breeding department, department for rural counselling, wine and phytotechnology laboratory. Followed by a visit to the Kastelic estate in Novo mesto. Tour of the stable (cows, goats, chickens), milking parlour and milk processing facility. Optional tour of the pasture. Afternoon drive to a farmstead engaged in tourism. After lunch, the landlord will present his manor where he keeps pigs, cows, horses, rabbits and chickens and sells milk, cheese products and home-made meat products. Drive to the next farm that keeps 300 fattened cattle for future sale. The day ends at a tourist farm with 40 bulls, 100 pigs, sheep, goats and engages also in viticulture, meat processing and tourism. Tasting pork products, dinner and overnight stay.
After breakfast a visit to “Kmetijske šole Grm” (Agricultural Schools Grm) were we will learn about various educational programmes taught at the largest agricultural school in Slovenia. We will also learn about their association “Grmčani” and tour the estate (cattle, sheep, horses, chickens, fruit, vegetables, vineyards, beekeeping, milk vending machine, robot, milk processing...) After lunch a drive to Dolenjske Toplice (spa) and a visit to two neighbouring estates. The first estate features cattle and sheep and is especially successful in fruit-growing and processing. Wine tasting, home-made juices, marmalade, dried fruit, brandy... At the other estate we will tour a modern cattle farm with electronic feeding. Dinner and overnight stay.
After breakfast a drive to Ljubljana. Visit the National Business Association of Cattle Breeders (GPZ) offering its members professional and business information, providing favourable sales conditions of products made by its members and purchase of necessary goods. GPZ associates, 37 associations and 8,700 Slovenian cattle breeders. They publish their own magazine. A break for a tour of Ljubljana and lunch. Afternoon visit to an estate with a 300-year-old tradition near Ljubljana. First to install milk vending machines in Slovenia. Currently operates eight machines. A tour of the estate, milk processing, cheese production, solar power plant ... En route to Otočec, stopover in Trebnje at the president of the Trebnje Cattle Breeder Association and a tour of a smaller homestead and association. After dinner a visit to Matjaž’s Household with a presentation of a success story of the local type of wine “Cviček” – a popular, special and medicinal wine. An introduction to Konzorcij cviček (Cviček Consortium) and Turizem v zidanicah (Tourism in Wine Cellars) – a best practice example of the winemaker’s and wine cellar’s association. Of course, the programme also includes wine tasting...
Departure after lunch.
The price includes: the complete programme arrangement, accommodation with complete catering services, visits to professional associations and examples of best practice, the company of a guide, organization and VAT.
The programme can be tailored to your wishes (shortened, changed ....).