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Feucht­wan­gen in Bavaria

Organic bedding mate­r­i­al from the farm’s own slurry

There is always a lot going on at Fragner, located in Feucht­wan­gen, Bavaria. Four gen­er­a­tions live and work under one roof, but the Fleck­vieh cattle are clearly in the majority.

135 dairy cows set the tone at Fragner in Bavaria, but the farm raises bulls and sells breed­ing cattle as well. There are also 148 hectares of grass­land, woods and fields for growing feed. All this is managed by Verena Hußmann togeth­er with her large family and three employ­ees. And she still had time to grant us an interview:

Growing News: You are a suc­cess­ful and enthu­si­as­tic farm manager. Were you born that way, and what does the next gen­er­a­tion look like?
Verena Hußmann:
Fleck­vieh breed­ing and the cows have been my great passion for as long as I can remem­ber. It was always clear to me that I would run the farm some day. The kids have so far been very inter­est­ed in the farm, and we are really hoping they will take over.  

Passion for our family business

is the key to success

What is it like living and working with mul­ti­ple gen­er­a­tions on the farm?
We are a very open house­hold – there are gen­er­al­ly 8 to 12 people sitting at our lunch table since 10 people live here and we usually have vis­i­tors. There is always some­thing going on. The barn is the place for peace and quiet.

Why did you choose the Fleck­vieh breed?
We have raised this breed for a long time, and we value their dual use char­ac­ter since we also rear the bulls our­selves sometimes.

Which Bauer machines do you use, and why did you choose them?
The first Bauer machine was an Eckart tanker in the manure coop­er­a­tive, but now there are a variety of slurry pumps on the farm as well as the BBU, of course. We chose Bauer because the equip­ment is easy to use and we have always had good experiences.

Simple prin­ci­ple

Unbeat­able comfort for the cows

What were the main reasons for buying the BBU?
Our barn has a slatted floor with deep bed stalls and a sep­a­rate space for the cows to move about. We pre­vi­ous­ly worked with straw or lime. After two visits to Euroti­er, my husband and Martin Bissinger (of Bauer – Ed.) con­vinced me that bedding and sep­a­ra­tion is the right system for our cows. The easy process for making the bedding hygien­ic and of course the unbeat­able comfort of the mate­r­i­al for the cows were major factors in favor of the BBU. Plus, the cell counts have gone down con­sid­er­ably, which is very pos­i­tive for the health of the animals.   

How often is the BBU used, and how much of the manure do you process?
We scrape the slats twice daily and fill the stalls with new bedding using the spread­ing machine at the same time. About 50 percent of the manure is processed with the BBU.