A Stable for organic laying hens
- Topic area
- Agriculture and forestry, incl. value chain
- Disaggregation level
- Animal welfare
- Project region
- Lower Austria
- LE– Programming Period
- LE 14–20
- Project period
- Project costs overall
- 650.000 €
- Subsidy from LE 14-20
- 120.000 €
- EN - 4.1.1. Investitionen in die landwirtschaftliche Erzeugung
- Project initiator
- Familie Oberger
Short descriptionMichael Oberger and his partner Monika, living in the Lower Austrian Schwarzenbach changed their agricultural production from dairy cattle to organic laying hens. The decisive factors were the certain wish for income maintenance on one hand and the aim for a less work intensive production, associated with an improvement of quality of life on the other hand.
In 2015 the Oberger-family built a stable for 6000 organic laying hens. This stable consists of two compartments housing 3000 laying hens each. The separated deep litter area, 6 hectares of free-range area and sufficient provision of natural light/ day light and the possibility for “entertainment” activities, e.g. taking dust baths, ensure the animals’ wellbeing.
A specific conveyor belt carries the spelt glumes-lined nests to the egg collection point, where the eggs are imprinted with the producer code (farm code).
The packaging is effected by the company Schlögl. The eggs are further marketed under the brand “Zurück zum Ursprung” / “Back to the Origin”.
The costs of the gross investment amount to EUR 830.000.
The net costs of EUR 615.000 (about EUR 740.000 gross total) were determined as chargeable costs for this project.
The subsidies amount to EUR 120.000, agricultural investments excluded.