Out to pasture
Nowadays Schreibmaier has three permanent employees, and adds temporary workers during busy periods. “We do 70 percent of our work on pastureland,” he says of his major source of business. He handles it with four round bale presses, two loading trailers and a new self-propelled shredder. “The rest of the time we work on fields.” For maize he offers almost the full range of services from planting to harvesting, with sowing, ploughing, spreading and shredding. The only thing he leaves to somebody else is threshing. He has six tractors from 150 to 250 hp, and works only within a day’s travel. “70 percent of our work is in the Loeben area, not more than 30 to 40 kilometres away,” he says of his local area focus. Exceptions include maize planting in Ennstal, which can take him up to 80 kilometres away.