The Stranger in the Stall impressed with the rumination of cows. A beef breed Limousin uses Water at the drinking trough, the Angus cow ambles to the brush and massaged his back. The rest of the lying lazily on the straw. Farmer, Thomas Kunz is happy about the relaxed rest in the bright and airy barn. The cows are kept in small groups, this will reduce fights in the flocks of the usual Rank. Solve the Stress and risk of injury. The cows may have horns and are not already in their youth were being dehorned, is a further indication that this is no ordinary German court.

Oliver Bock

correspondent of the Rhein-Main-Zeitung for the Rheingau-Taunus-Kreis and Wiesbaden.

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More than 600,000 euros Kunz family has invested, in order to complement the Meilinger yard a showcase stall. It’s a generation kind of project, because all three sons of Kunz want to stay in agriculture, and their Livelihoods. The new barn is the domain of Vincenz Kunz, the youngest of the family. His father Thomas at an early stage recognized that long-term Survival marketing requires a strategic growth, constant Innovation and committed directly.

A successful project

Meilinger yard is today one of the largest farms in the Region. Its main business fields of the Farming and marketing of crops and services for other farmers, thanks to a large machinery and Equipment. Despite this focus, the livestock belonged to.

The conventional way has left the Kunz family in the process, but already more than 20 years ago. Dairy farming was abandoned because of the great expense and the constant up and down of the prices. An old cow has been transformed into a straw in a stable for fattening pigs, whose meat is sold in the farm shop. A project that was in the course of time more and more successful.

A decision, in principle,

However, the family three years ago, before the decision-in-principle, as it was with the livestock on the farm in low-meilingen. The answer is a combined cattle and pig stables in a self-supporting steel building. A rather unusual concept. Because conventional economic Considerations, at least 1500 fattening places for pigs and 300 fattening places for cattle would have been necessary, so that the investment is worth it. On the Meilinger yard but there are only 300 places for pigs and 80 cattle.

Kunz is expected, nevertheless, a good economic perspective. Mainly because he marketed meanwhile, 400 to 500 pigs a year, about regional trade with the half of the own cattle to Reach slaughter maturity. A number that is still capable of improvement, says Kunz. The Meilinger yard now has its own butcher shop with employees, butchers, and developed products for the meat counter. The animals are brought to the killing in the slaughterhouse Bayer in Niederwallmenach back to the Meilinger court and processed there.