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After the collapse of the GDR our parents ventured the step into self-employment and founded an agricultural company constituted under civil law (GbR).

They regained the farmland they lost due to forced collectivisation and also leased some farmland, which formed the foundation of our present farm.

In the beginning things turned out to be very hard, as 40 years of planned economy left their mark both on the condition of the fields, pastures, buildings and machines and on the people. From now on our parents were on their own and had to keep up with the new economical system whose rules were unknown in Eastern Germany. But they managed to get through the first difficult years and gradually replaced the old machines and tools they took over from the agricultural cooperative (LPG) and invested in modern machinery. They were also able to lease even more farmland. In 1999 our parents conferred their shares in the company upon us to ensure it's continued existence. Therefore we had to attend and successfully complete a one-year-long course at an agricultural college to become farmers. That's how we turned from a carpenter and an electrician into farmers, who continue their parents business.

Right from the start our farm had two mainstays: agriculture and livestock breeding. At the moment agriculture is our main business with 180 ha of farmland. We're working conventionally on light to average soils reaching 30 to 35 points in the soil quality index. We mainly grow wheat, rape, barley and rye. The crop is being sold, if possible with preliminary contracts, directly from the field, as we lack storing facilities.

We started livestock breeding with Galloway cattle. Due to their contentedness and sturdiness Galloway cattle seemed ideal for our conditions as the bigger part of our pasture lands are situated in an area which is regularly flooded by the river Havel. In the beginning this worked out, but when the BSE crisis hit sales broke in dramatically. In the following years we reacted to this change of the market by crossbreeding with Angus, Fleckvieh and Charolais cattle and sales went up again.

For our cattle we have about 150 ha of farmland, consisting of pastures and agricultural areas to grow fodder. From May to November or December, depending on the weather, we keep our cattle on the pastures. In winter they are situated in the stables standing on litter and may use a spacious run area. They are exclusively fed with grass, hay, litter, silage and shredded crops produced at our farm. Only minerals need to be bought and are offered on a voluntarily basis. Male calves stay with their mothers for 6 to 7 months and are sold afterwards. The females stay with the mother for the same period of time and are being kept for further breeding.

Our cattle isn't fed with genetically modified fodder and fodder mixed with growth hormones or antibiotics.


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