When a passionate cattle farmer sells his animals, it is a turning point, an incision in the fabric of life. Beat Nyffenegger from Kienberg SO goes through this process and talks about it.
Beat Nyffenegger was a fan of beautiful cows from an early age. Today he is 57 years old and he remembers with satisfaction the breeding successes under his prefix Egghof.
Gertrude, born in 1990, was then one of Jonn’s most beautiful and coping daughters of the EX 90, produced over 100,000 kg of milk and won a gold medal. Her granddaughter Faber Goldrose GM EX 91 was Miss RH at the elite Solothurn show, and Gertrude’s last granddaughter, the red leader of the Galanda EX 90 GM, still lives on a farm with nearly 100,000 kg of lifetime production.
Gerdolph RF was one of the few sons of Rudolph to be used twice. He managed to present two breeding families from this line, one of which received 81 points this spring. “About two-thirds of the herd returns to Gertrude,” says Nyffenegger as they go to the pasture to show their cows.
His show ring appearances have become rare, but that doesn’t mean his pets are no longer attractive. “In recent years, I have used about 80 percent of genomic bulls from proven cow families that were recently sexed.” The bulls that made a lasting impact on him are Goldwyn and Applejack, now beautiful heifers after Rager and Bad.
The cows are leaving
“We will sell around 35 cows by next spring,” decided Beat and Theres Nyffenegger. Her son Michael, who is a designer and farmer, wants to continue his business, but not with dairy cows. And the barn, which was extended 15 years ago, would have to be adapted again to the current requirements. Key to this decision, however, is a medical discovery that Beat Nyffenegger had to accept last November. The hematoma in the head needed urgent surgery.
“I had speech problems and my memory was impaired after the surgery,” she recalls. He who was a successful runner in his youth. Fortunately, the procedure was successful and left no permanent damage. But it did mean that he was parting with his cows a few years earlier than he expected. “Partly through an auction in Burgdorf, but also privately from the stables.” Now is the perfect time, the market situation is right.
perspective for young people?
“How should young people with prospects produce milk in the future?” He asks himself. Nyffenegger is a critical thinker who questions connections and processes. The dairy market, shaped by talks with the recently deceased father-in-law Pius Steinmann, who for many years was the president of the then Central Dairy in Aargau, occupies him even though he never sat on the board of a dairy organization.
“Dairy associations are doing well now to pay producers about 15 percent more milk prices. But our auxiliary materials, especially fuel, concentrated feed and fertilizers, have become 30 to 60% more expensive. ” It is not always possible to argue with the price in the world market. The fact is that milk is no longer a surplus commodity. The processing movement and the import of butter speak their own language. The ecological footprint of milk production is not as bad as it is often portrayed. Market players capitalize on it, and the producer has a job, but not enough added value – he emphasizes.
There is also a shadow of resignation: “Farmers should show greater unity.” The conversion of his 30-hectare farm was calculated by the Wallierhof training center. Privileged conversion, livestock farming, gives two-thirds less work, income would be halved. With the support of his father Beata, son Michael will again be involved in agriculture and cattle breeding. And the senior has a job in nutrition counseling since fall where his experience as a practice will benefit him. And he will still see nice and good cows.