Organic agriculture in Austria has developed splendidly in recent years. The significantly increasing demand for high-quality organic food was mainly satisfied by the professionalization of primary agricultural production. As a result, specialization and tendencies towards industrialization can be observed. For example, the concentration on just one single branch of operations and marketing conflicts with the basic idea of organic farming to work in as closed cycles as possible. An essential part of this is the integration of farm animals into the operating cycle.
This two-year practical project is intended to research the conditions under which the keeping of organic laying hens in mobile stabels in the middle of the organic apple orchards can succeed. The project is a cooperation between FiBL, organic farmers from Von Herzen Biobauern GmbH and Ja! Natürlich GmbH.