In Eastern Switzerland, tradition meets innovation. We visit farms that use innovative ideas for direct marketing and public relations. The landscape with its scattered individual farms, rolling hills and mountains is charming. The area is agricultural and traditional.
The tour begins in Jona on the beautiful Lake Zurich. The Bächlihof is a large adventure farm with event locations. The farm forms a farming community with other farms at other locations. A lot of fruit is produced on the Bächlihof: Apples, pears and blueberries. Many products are marketed by the farm itself. There is a large farm shop with a restaurant, a nature playground, a straw bouncy castle and a small park where children can pet dwarf goats. Depending on the season, there are pumpkin figures to marvel at or blueberries to pick yourself. Sustainability and regionality are the focus here.
The next stop takes us to the Tschümperlin family farm in St. Gallenkappel. Urs Tschümperlin is a farmer on a dairy farm and breeds Brown Swiss cattle. Brown Swiss and Original Braunvieh are the most important dairy cattle breeds in the cantons of St.Gallen, Appenzell Inner- and Ausserrhoden. It is considered economical, has a long useful life, a high milk content and impresses with good health. The family's farm is located on the Way of St. James. Tired pilgrims - and of course other travellers - can find a straw bed here. Sleeping in straw is also very popular with children. A representative of Braunvieh St.Gallen will tell us more about Brown Swiss cattle.
Here we can also enjoy cheese made from the milk of the family's cows. The milk is produced in the Keller cheese dairy in Altendorf. It is accompanied by sweet cider from the farm.
Udder wood wool is used in many barns to clean the udders during milking. Also at Tschümperlins. There is only one company in Switzerland that specialises in udder wood wool: Lindner Suisse Holzwollemanufaktur in Wattwil in the canton of St.Gallen. Many farmers know and use udder wood wool - and not only in Switzerland. The innovative wood wool specialist exports Agroclean® udder wood wool to 20 countries.
At the Tschümperlin family farm representatives of Lindner Suisse will tell you more about Agroclean® udder wood wool.
The journey continues into the Neckertal valley to the Adelbach farm, run by Leandra and Köbi Hagmann. A few free-range pigs cavort on the dairy farm. One of these pigs, a camera sow, carries a camera on its back. The camera broadcasts live from the barn and the field. The pigs' meat and home-made yoghurt are also marketed directly. The family cooperates with other farms and offers the products in an online shop.
We stay in the beautiful Appenzellerland, but change the canton and drive to the canton of Appenzell Ausserrhoden to visit Sepp Dähler. The farmer massages his cattle with beer yeast and feeds the animals beer by-products. The meat becomes tender and tasty and is called Kabier. This is a word combination of calf (Kalb) and beer (Bier). Species-appropriate husbandry and care and sustainable production are important to the family. Regional cycles are closed, the animal is utilised holistically. Have you ever tried Kabir? Dinner is planned here.