“Together we are strong”
„Tagwerk and Barnhouse motivated me and strengthened me in my work, that my remarks still bear fruit.“, says Bauer Barthl Gammel, who married his wife Annemarie Ritzer in 1991 and took over the Ritzerhof together with her. The two run the 20-hectare farm as a family business.
„Through the inter-company use of misleading, I got to know many businesses, among otheres also organic businesses, which fascinated me somehow. These convinced me that it is very well without artifical fertilizers and glyphosate, that is why in 2006 we changed to organic of the directives Naturland and Tagwerk and the “Fleckvieh” were replaced by “Prinzgauer”, because they are something special for us.“, explains Barthl.
Agriculture as a vocation
„After some time, I realized that what I had learned as a “state-certified economist for agriculture and forestry“ was not enough for me in practical agriculture. My vocation is agriculture, nature, very importantly the soil, humus build-up and of course our herd of Prinzgau cows.
Above all, animal welfare is close to the family’s heart. Thus, their animals lie on soft straw and have a relaxed and stress-free life.
But Barthl is also passionate about agriculture and learns something new every year. The plough was sold at Barthl in 2011. Only from time to time he had to plow because of rye grass growth, but over time he also got this under control.
„On sundays, I like to go out into the field with spades and probes to look at soil and plant health and to draw conclusions for the next operation. My grandchildren are very keen on finding and counting earthworms, that’s why I work “next generation friendly.” By the way, we have a little shop, which is always open on Saturday mornings..“