“My all-important part is to help Croatian dairy farmers improve their productivity. For the time being, NorFor is the best concept in the marketplace in that respect. And the training course here in Sweden is excellent when it comes to communicating the new knowledge and its implementation”.
Senior nutritionist Tomislav Mesic´ from the Croatian Advisory Service has had a long second day of training, but his voice sounds content on the phone when he is asked to assess the NorFor Certified Dairy Management Nutrition Coach Training.
“I am very pleased with the things I have seen and heard so far. That includes an introduction to the Swedish advisory service and the methods used here for collection and handling of feed samples as well as analyzing techniques. Also, we have visited farms to see how our Swedish colleagues advise on feed and milking”, Mr. Mesic´ mentions.
Colleagues from ten nations
Tomislav is also one of 40 attendees at the NorFor annual advisory workshop, which is composed of colleagues from ten European nations – a diversity greatly appreciated.
“Obviously, our climate conditions and production challenges are different, but it is priceless to exchange experiences on e.g. feed ration optimizing and the entire approach to advising”, Mr. Mesic´ states.
Becoming a certified coach – the tangible outcome of the training course – is important to him.
“This position enables me to train my 20 colleagues in Croatia. They are scattered all over the country, but we meet regularly, and on such occasions I shall convey all I have learned about NorFor”, Mr. Mesic´ promises.
Thus disseminating the NorFor knowledge of nutrition, milking and management, he is confident that Croatian advisors will better achieve their overall objective – to help farmers overcome their challenges and boost their yields.
“And as soon as I have processed the many impressions of today, I look forward to fill up again tomorrow”, Mr. Mesic´ adds with an almost audible smile.