The pigeon farm
- Topic area
- Agriculture and forestry, incl. value chain
- Disaggregation level
- Short supply chains
- Agricultural services
- Local amenities
- Project region
- Local Action Group (LAG)
- LAG südburgenland plus
- LE– Programming Period
- LE 14–20
- Project period
- 2013-2022 (geplantes Projektende)
- EN - 4.2.1. Verarbeitung, Vermarktung und Entwicklung landwirtschaftlicher Erzeugnisse
- Project initiator
- Gerhard & Sandro Methlagl
Short descriptionFar away from industrial pigeon keeping, our primary goal is to breed pigeons in a way that is appropriate to the species. This means fodder from our own production and also from regional farmers, no industrial fodder, exclusively grain and if possible organic, no antibiotics and other medicines in the breeding phase, stables with daylight, well ventilated by open fronts, enough nesting cells with dry bedding. Stress-free slaughtering on the farm, without long transports and refrigerated delivery throughout Austria within 48 hours guarantee the end consumer a perfect product.
The aim is to offer healthy meat and to give customers the opportunity to see all this on the spot.
Point of departureThe demand for pigeon meat is growing and could so far only be met through imports.
The project offers itself here in the south if the Burgenland region due to the climate, the fodder production on site and the possibility to generally acquire agricultural land as a new farmer!
Targets and target groupsAbove all the upscale gastronomy as well as individuals.
Project implementation and measuresNew construction of breeding boxes and enlargement of the gene pool.
Results and effectsTop companies in Austria and Germany buy the domestic pigeon. Customers like Steirereck Vienna, Richard Rauch Trautmannsdorf, as well as local restaurants order regularly and thus serve as multipliers.
ErfahrungPoultry breeding in a new sector lives from experience! The critical situation is when one recognizes changes in the state of health of the animals. A cooperation with the farm veterinarian as well as the Chamber of Agriculture was helpful in such situations!