Advantages of organic farming
The organic farmer is proud that he can practice a modern and profitable way of farming without exploiting, polluting or wasting natural resources. This way, he can leave a sustainable animal population and soil to future generations, where animals and nature are respected.
In order to convince conventional farmers, where the farm ends up in a dead end due to its dependence on imported spray and fertilizers, Francis Theisen’s doors are always open. He himself converted his farm to organic farming in 1988 and devoted himself to dairy farming and seed cereals.
Organic farming offers me the opportunity to contribute to nature conservation, to do without pesticides and chemical fertilizers and to promote animal and plant health. Organic farming is simply more interesting, more versatile and also very motivating.
With the dairy cows in the cycle of nature
The farmer from Kalborn attaches great importance to the well-being and fulfilment of the animals' needs. Since the organic farm works according to the cycle principle "field-fodder-animals-manure-field", the number of animals was adapted to the farm's arable land. To enable the cows the development of their social behaviour and to pursue their hobbies of feeding, lying down and giving milk, they have plenty of space on the farm. In addition, the dairy cows graze on the short grass pasture-principle for around 200 days a year. As a result, the animals move actively and the highly digestible energy and protein content of the grass greatly aids their digestion. Otherwise, the animals are fed hay or silage and only little concentrated feed.
"What I can say quite clearly is that we have much healthier cows since the conversion to organic farming. The animals have much better claws than before, better fertility with problem-free births, which is also associated with significantly fewer calf losses".
Problem solving instead of symptom control
The farmer also cultivates his fields according to this principle. He has devised a crop rotation system that suppresses the growth of weeds. In addition, since the short-grass pasture-system, he has been able to solve the dock problem - without any pesticides. The farm has a high biodiversity of flora and fauna, especially in the insect world. This is due to the fact that no sprays are used, the special sowing of flowering plants in the fields and the white clover stands in the grassland. Furthermore, the pests are not driven away by means of control measures, but the beneficial insects are lured here.
"This is a completely different approach in arable farming practice, which I like firstly and secondly brings good yields."
Francis is a member of the BIOG cooperative and a shareholder in the BIOG dairy, which collects, processes and markets his milk.