Crops in Žito group are cultivated for the production of animal feed, flour, oil and sugar where familiar origin is the basis of quality assurance in finished products. Žito group cultivates crops on more than 15.000 hectares of owned farmland, while crops are bought from additional 60.000 hectares owned by Žito subcontractors. The entire production is based on the principles of integrated production, i.e., implies balanced application of agricultural measures with minimal use of agrochemicals and use of manure from farms and digestate from biogas plants, thereby reducing the use of mineral fertilizers and emission of greenhouse gases. We use new-aged machinery that in addition to efficiency is more environmentally friendly.
Farming unit Ovčara is located next to Čepin, nearby farms Ovčara, Vuka and Mala Branjevina and biogas plants. The integrated production system cultivates 3,900 hectares. Good yields, despite worse structure of soils, are accomplished through the application of agro technical measures and the application of organic fertilizers from nearby farms and digestate from biogas plants.
Klisa - Dalj
Farming unit Klisa - Dalj cultivates crops and industrial crops on 2,800 hectares. The structure of the surface is dominated by brown loam soils and chernozem, neutral and good physical properties which form the basis of fertility and high yields.
Farming unit Seleš cultivates 3,200 hectares in the system of integrated production. Soil of good physical properties and fertility predominates in the structure of soils that, with applied agrotechnics, guarantees good yield of cultivated crops and industrial crops. Manure from dairy farm Orlovnjak is recycled on cropland.
Farming unit in Koška cultivates 950 hectares of land in the system of integrated production. Despite the heavier soils, know-how and applied agricultural measures result in good yields of cultivated grains and oilseeds.
Farming unit Melem is located in Magadenovac, near Donji Miholjac. Crops and industrial crops are cultivated in the system of integrated production on an area of 442 hectares. Despite the heavier soils, which predominate in the structure of arable land, good yields are achieved because of the applied agricultural measures.
Farming unit Rosa, located next to the farming unit Melem, is located in Magadenovac, near Donji Miholjac. Crop and industrial crops are cultivated in the system of integrated production on an area of 378 hectares. Despite the heavier soils, which predominate in the structure of arable land, good yields are achieved because of the applied agricultural measures.
260.000 tons of storage facilities in the Žito group are the basis of maintaining the quality of grains and oilseeds, a prerequisite for ensuring the production of wheat and corn flour, oil, seed and feed. The silo operations are closely connected to the trade of grains and oilseeds and crop cooperation. Subcontractors and farms, outside the cooperation system, have at their disposal services of cleaning, drying and storing of grains and oilseeds in siloes and other storage facilities.
Silo in Đakovo is the largest silo in Žito Group and one of the largest in Croatia. The storage capacity of the silo is 80 000 tons of grains and oilseeds. Silo stores wheat and corn for the mill purposes, which is located at the same location, and other grains and oilseeds for the needs of the trading department. Silo is certified for the purchase and storage of sustainable rapeseed and non-GMO soybeans.
Osijek silo stores raw material needed for the animal feed factory Vitalka which is located next to the silo, as well as for the needs of the trading department. Silo capacity is 70,000 tons. Silo is licensed for the purchase of sustainable rapeseed.
Silo in Slatina stores grains and oilseeds from the subcontractors or those produced on cropland of Žito Group. Silo capacity is 35,000 tons. The silo stores oilseeds and grains for industrial processing and trading department, and is certified for the purchase of sustainable rapeseed and non-GMO soybeans.
Silo in Čađavica stores grains and oilseeds produced in cooperation with subcontractors, for the purposes of industrial processing in the Group and for the needs of the trading department. Silo capacity is 10,000 tons. Silo is certified for the purchase of sustainable rapeseed and non-GMO soybeans.
The capacity of the silo in Šljivoševci, near Donji Miholjac, is 6,000 tons. Silo operations are closely connected to cooperation. The silo stores oilseeds and grains for industrial processing and trading department. Silo is certified for the purchase of sustainable rapeseed and non-GMO soybeans.
Silo in Vrbanja stores oilseeds and grains for industrial processing and trading department. Silo capacity is 15,000 tons. Silo operations are closely connected to cooperation in Drenovci and Lipovac. Silo is certified for the purchase of sustainable rapeseed and non-GMO soybeans.
Silo capacity is 8,000 tons. Silo operations are closely connected to cooperation in Drenovci. The silo stores oilseeds and grains for industrial processing and trading department. Silo is certified for the purchase of sustainable rapeseed and non-GMO soybeans.
Trading and cooperation
Trading and cooperation department of Žito group is closely connected with Žito subcontractors; here is production of arable crops with farms contracted as well as trade of grains and oilseeds. Subcontractors and farms that are not in the joint production system, in addition to raw materials for agricultural production: seeds, fertilizers and plant protection products, have at their disposal counseling services and the purchase of market surpluses. Purchased grains and oilseeds are stored in silo facilities of the Group, and trading department is selling them on the Croatian and European market.
Producing is easier with the support of partners!
Farming cooperation offers farms a wide range of production material and repurchasing runway where contractors can unload their crops. Cooperations are strategically positioned near the subcontractors and their land, in order to reduce handling costs, at the following locations: Slatina, Čađavica, Šljivoševci, Koška, Čepin, Kneževi Vinogradi, Dalj, Šodolovci, Velika Kopanica, Đakovo, Drenovci, Gradište, Lipovac and Veliki Otok.
Trading of grains and oilseeds
Grains and oilseeds trading department sells products purchased through cooperation and farms in the domestic and European market.
Trading of seed, fertilizer and plant protection products
Agricultural producers along with expert advice and recommendations, have at their disposal a wide range of seeds, plant protection products and fertilizers from renowned Croatian and world manufacturers: Agrimatco, Aglona, AgroChem, Bayer, BASF, BC Institute, Chromos Agro, Danon, Genera, KWS, Monsanto, Orch, Petrochemical, Agricultural Institute, Pioneer, Raiffeisen Agro, Stockton, Syngenta and others.
Industrial production vertically builds up on crop production. Industry consists of sugar factory, oil factory, wheat and corn mill, seed processing plant and animal feed factory. We annually process 500.000 tons of sugar beet, 100.000 tons of oilseeds, 80.000 tons of wheat, 40.000 tons of corn, 8.000 tons of seed and 80.000 tons of raw materials for feed production.
The meat industry combines sequentially linked company activities in order to put on the market products of known origin and controlled traceability. In 4 high-tech production plants for production, packaging and cutting of products, the meat industry is devoted to manufacturing products in accordance with globally renown recipes and made only from high-quality ingredients from Slavonia.
Oil factory Čepin d.d. is the largest Croatian processor of oilseeds. The main activity of the company is production of crude and refined oils from sunflower seed and rapeseed. Product range consists of sunflower oil Tena, rapeseed oil and sunflower and rapeseed meal. Learn more at: http://www.uljara.hr/
The tradition of flour production in Đakovština area dates from 1760, when watermills were built in that area. Today the mill in Đakovo is modernly equipped with fully automated and controlled production processes of milling wheat and corn. Product range consists of Žito flour and grits for industrial production, Tena wheat and corn flour and grits for end users as well as feed flour and groat.
Animal feed production
Animal feed factory Vitalka is one of the most sophisticated animal feed factories in the region. The production process is fully automated and computer controlled. Great importance is given to the control of raw materials and finished products as well as traceability. Raw material production basis are crops grown on surfaces of Žito Group. Mixing capacity is 20t/h, while the annual production is 80,000 tons of feed for pigs, cattle, poultry, game and fish.
Connected with silo in Đakovo, plant annually processes about 8,000 tons of seed. Whether processed in service for renowned producers or as seed produced on own cropland under the brand Žito, the process is the same; at the end of the production process comes processed, treated and packed seed. Seed Žito is monitored under watchful eye of the technologists through the entire production process, and it is particularly been taking care of that it is not genetically modified.
Pig farming is one of the most important activities of the Group, includes a number of highly specialized farms, from the reproduction stage to fattening, that differs pigs reared on Žito group's farms from pigs reared on other farms in Croatia and also guarantees Croatian origin of pork meat.Animal husbandry in the Group is directly connected to agricultural production and the production of premium animal feed Vitalka. Group's farms and cooperative annually rear 230,000 hogs. Quality genetics, balanced nutrition and expertise of the staff of the Group result in economic efficiency in the production that is achieved in developed pig breeding countries, such as Denmark and the Netherlands. Environmental care is an essential component of production and is achieved through the incorporation of liquid manure on Group's cropland.
Pig farm Velika Branjevina
Farm Velika Branjevina is nucleus farm for the gilt production of Topigs genetics. The farm has high SPF health status, capacity of 850 sows and an annual production of over 5,000 gilts.
Pig farm Forkuševci
Farm Forkuševci is a reproductive farm which houses 2,200 sows of Topigs genetics, with an annual production of over 60,000 weaned pigs. Farm has high SPF health status. Feeding of sows is carried out with automatic liquid feeding system.
Pig farm Lipovača
Farm Lipovača is a reproductive farm with a maximum capacity of 620 sows. Farm produces 17,000 weaned pigs annually. Farm has a modern system of automatic dry feeding.
Pig farm Magadenovac
Near Donji Miholjac, in the region traditionally known for pig farming, is pig farm Magadenovac. The breeding type farm has a capacity of 2,600 sows and is used for breeding pigs up to 25 kg weight. Farm also has, in addition to breeding, 4,500 fattening places.
Pig farm Lužani
Farm Lužani is intended for fattening pigs up to 120 kg. 55.000 pigs are annually fattened on the farm. The farm has a modern system of automatic liquid feeding, which allows maximum control and safety of nutrition in all production stages.
Pig farm Slašćak
Farm Slašćak is intended for fattening pigs up to 120 kg weight. 30,000 pigs are annually fattened on the farm. The farm has a modern automatic liquid feeding system, which allows maximum control and safety of nutrition in all production stages.
Pig farm Stari Seleš
Pig breeding farm Stari Seleš is a breeding farm for young gilts, built with an emphasis on animal welfare and high ecological standards in a fully controlled process of overall production. The farm has a capacity of 920 sows and produces 8500 gilts of top quality every year.
Cooperative pig breeding
Žito Group in cooperation with subcontractors annually fattens about 50,000 pigs. Farms have at their disposal the service, pigs of good genetics and potential weight gain, feed and veterinary care.
Cattle production in the Žito Group consists of milk production and cattle fattening. Meeting the strict quality requirements of milk and meat is achieved through high-quality genetics, feed prepared on the farm and those produced in the factory Vitalka, as well as the expertise of employees. We rear 6.500 beef cattle and produce 20 million liters of milk annually. Manure produced on farms is used on Group's cropland or in the biogas plant, which contributes to the preservation of the environment.
Dairy farm Orlovnjak is located near Osijek, next to the suburban area Antunovac. Farm houses 850 dairy cows of Holstein Friesian breed. The farm has closed production cycle, having at the same location breeding of their own calves' offspring, pregnant heifers to dairy cows.
Dairy farm Mala Branjevina is located next to Vuka, near Osijek. The farm was completely renovated and modernized in 2008, and houses 900 dairy cows. Quality Holstein type genetics, balanced nutrition and animal care, as well as knowledge of employees, guarantees the production of quality milk.
Farm Ankin Dvor is located next to Čepin and farming unit Ovčara. The farm is intended for beef fattening with capacity of 1,500 animals.
Beef cattle farm Klisa is located east of Osijek and has Simmental beef cattle type. The farm has a capacity of 2,200 units of beef cattle. Farm employees prepare part of the required feed themselves out of raw materials from nearby arable units, and other part are complementary and complete feed produced in the animal feed factory Vitalka.
Žito Group is the largest egg producer in Croatia, with an annual production of 140 million pieces. Poultry unit consists of farm buildings for the hens and packing center for eggs.
Hen farms are located in Vuka, near Osijek and Volavje, near Jastrebarsko. Farm Vuka has 220.000 hens and farm Piko 250.000 hens. Poultry facilities are equipped with enriched cages and floor rearing, that is fully aligned with the EU legislation. Fresh eggs have a sign "Eggs from Croatian farms" awarded by the Croatian Agricultural Agency.
Packing center for eggs
Eggs are prepared for the market in the packing center for eggs, where they are sorted and packed according to customer requirements. Food health safety management system in the packing center for eggs includes norms ISO 22000:2005, ISO/TS 22002-1 and additional FSSC 22000 requirements.
The basis of energy production in the Žito Group is the use of manure from the farms of the Group, silage and other organic residues in a biogas plant, where the decomposition of organic matter produces biogas, whose combustion in a cogeneration plant produces electricity. We produce 16.2 GWh of electricity annually. Digestate, a byproduct in the production of biogas, rich in macro and micro nutrients, is used as organic fertilizer on Group's cropland.
Biogas plants Mala Branjevina
The goal of the Žito company is the business modernization with the implementation of technology that will save energy and reduce consumption of natural resources and raw materials, and bioplants are just the example of how to achieve this goal and thus prevent environmental pollution.
Did you know that biogas was used for heating water in Syria about 1,000 BC? Biogas plants today are used for the same purpose, as well as for production of electricity.