About the history of the Agrargenossenschaft Forst eG: The history is certainly a bit longer?
Yes, indeed, we look back on a period of more than 30 years when we look at the history of our company. In August 1990, the LPG (P) Pflanzenproduktion Forst, then based in Eulo, and the LPG (T) Tierproduktion Forst merged to form the Agrargenossenschaft Forst eG. Years of far-reaching changes followed: many farmed areas were eliminated over the years, we separated from pig production and centred milk production on one location. Of course, this resulted in job cuts. Whereas in 1990 we had 450 employees, today we employ about 45-50 people. We could have celebrated our 30th anniversary in 2020 if the Corona pandemic hadn’t thrown a spanner in the works.
What do you produce and how do you market your products?
One of our main sources of income is our milk production. With about 550 dairy cows we produce about 5,500t of raw milk a year. From the MVA (dairy plant) in Domsdorfer Straße, the milk is brought to Leppersdorf daily by the Alois Müller dairy.
Another branch of business is cattle fattening; here we work closely with our subsidiary, the “FLEIKU-Fleischrinderbetrieb GmbH”.
Our plant production branch, based in Neu-Sacro, cultivates land in the entire area in and around Forst; a total of approx. 2,100 ha. We mainly grow winter wheat, barley, rye, rape, maize, sunflowers and oats. About half of it is used as fodder for our cattle.
However, most people probably know our potatoes, which we grow on an area of about 30 ha, which changes every year. We market our various potatoes ourselves, directly in our farm shop in Gutsweg 5 in Forst (Noßdorf), which is the former Reno hall.
Here we also offer other, mainly regional, products: Juices and fruit wines from Rothenburg, linseed oil from the Spreewald, eggs from Gablenz, honey, vegetables, fruit, garden and balcony plants of all kinds, and now a new addition to our range: speciality spirits.
We also have pet food, seeds, plant fertiliser, gas cylinders and much more available for our customers. We also offer advice to our customers.
Parallel to the farm shop, we offer fresh beef in the form of goulash, steak, minced meat and much more in our meat sale, approx. every 3 weeks. We publish the exact sales dates on our homepage. The range of meat on offer is very large and varied, but we still recommend that our customers order in advance; roulades, for example, are always sold out very quickly. Our customers can also buy sausages on this day. We get our range of sausages from a small butcher’s shop in Zittau. Why Zittau? We deliberately chose a butcher outside our catchment area, we wanted to offer a different “taste” in Forst and are pleased that this has been well received.
We had to discard considerations of running a permanent meat shop for reasons of profitability.