Johann & Elisabeth Tiefenbeck
The farm in Weichselgarten, near the Rott spring, has been owned by the Tiefenbeck family for several hundred years. The family has been a member of Bioland since 2008.
Hans Tiefenbeck and his wife Elisabeth live together with their four children and their grandparents on the farm and manage approx. 30 ha of arable land. One third of this is used as permanent green space. The rest is divided into clovergrass, winter barley, oats, triticale, silage and grain maize.
From dairy cows to organic milk goats
„Dairy cows have been kept in recent generations, since 2008 we have changed to organic milk goats“, Hans explains. The family owns 145 white german goats and 50 young gots for progeny. In addition, the farmer also has 15-20 chickens for his own needs.
„Our goats and progeny animals supply organic milk for the Andechs dairy and a direct seller in the Landshut district.“, Hans explains.
„We searched about 15 years for an alternative to dairy cows, because we saw no future for this with 25 cows. Now we still milk, but the animals are a “number” smaller. Dealing with the goats is fun for us and we don’t regret the change at all.“
In addition to working with the animals, the Bioland farmer also takes care of his fields: “We produce the feed for our goats in our fields. The oats, which fits well into the crop rotation and is not needed on the farm, we sell to Barnhouse. It honors us to be involved in the community and makes us proud to have found a super suitable marketing here.”
Organic is fun
„Since we’ve been doing it, we have been realizing that it’s working like this. In fact, it goes without saying that this is how business is done”, Hans explains the reason for switching to organic farming. In doing so, he does not want to criticise the “other” farmers, but rather try to show them a biological way of life.