Next on Norman’s list was Slovenia, the only country in Europe that combines the Alps, the Mediterranean, the Pannonian Plain and the Karst landscape. Norman was blown away by the ever changing environment. You can have one eye on the sea, then look in the other direction and be surrounded by high mountains. As Norman made his way into the forests, he could see the green plains below him. From upland meadows his view stretched into the river gorges. The proximity of opposites and contrasts is a hallmark of Slovenia.
The roughness and diversity of the Slovenian landscape and its climate are reflected in products of Slovene farmers and the Slovene food-processing industry. Together, they create almost a unique diverse offer of products in such a small area. They include olive oil from the sunny Slovenian Istria and pumpkin oil from the Slovenian gorice hills and the Pannonian plain. Karst prosciutto is made with the help of the bora, a cold and intense wind, while the Prekmurje ham is cured in the gently undulating Goričko. The skilled hands of cheese makers can process milk from mountain pastures into quality cheeses, while dairies offer a wide selection of traditional and modern dairy products.
Norman travels to Ljubljana
Norman took this opportunity to travel to Ljubljana where Alltech was holding an EPS work shop. He had the opportunity to meet with both speakers Stefano Vandoni and Andrej Žagar. Norman asked questions based on the rich agricultural lands and the challenges that face the Slovene famers. The work shop was very well attended which highlighted the importance of the agriculture industry in Slovenia. Norman was glad that the Alltech team continues to work with local farmers to increase efficiency, profitability and sustainability.
As Norman galloped to his next destination he thought about the vast diversity of each country he had travelled to and how each farmer continues to work the land and embraces new methods of farming and technology to improve nutrition and growth.