Agriculture – Facts and Figures
For over 600 years, our farm has been family owned and about 30 years ago Elfi and Christian took over the Ottingerhof. Today, 60 hectares are being cultivated, of which 30 hectares are grassland and 30 ha are forest.
When Christian and Elfi took over the farm in the 80’s, they decided to build a dairy farm. In the following years, the Ottingerhof developed with hard work and God’s blessing to a successful cattle breeding business with dairy cattle farming. Our approximately 30 dairy cows can move freely in the freestall and are milked twice a day. In average per year, we have a milk yield of 8000kg per cow.
Especially during the summer months, there is a lot of work on the farm. Many of our meadows are mowed three times. Hay and silage form the food base for the long winter months. Our milking cows enjoy free outdoors movement all summer long in the meadow. All the offspring are kept over the summer months on our pastures in the Nockmountains.
In spring and autumn, when the weather permits, there is work in the forest. The “energy wood” we then deliver to the biomass district heating plant in Bad Kleinkirchheim and the lumber wood is sold to local sawmills. In the quieter winter months, reparation’s and preparations are made for the summer. Christian also crafts new larch wood poles needed for fences in the spring.
Life on the farm is a life with and from nature. The weather and the seasons dictate our work.