Goat farming at the Mügelner Caprinenhof is excellent

Light oak wood. They hardly complain about the Anglo-Nubians. They can’t help it, because like all goats, this hybrid of Egyptian and British animals with multicolored fur communicates in this way. However, they have nothing to complain about as we know it – complaining, scolding, grumbling. In the Caprinenhof in the Mügelner district of Lichteneichen, they are found mainly on pastures in mountain orchards. Old trees provide shade at the edge and young Hasenbach flows quietly along the side. She is a pure poet, so it’s no surprise that animals make a happy impression.

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Animal-friendly and eco-friendly farming

You can go out in any weather, but you don’t have to because some animals take shelter from the rain. Goat farming at Caprinenhof is both animal-friendly and environmentally friendly. And the operators have now got that in writing, because that’s exactly what they were given for by the state growers’ association.

Regina Walther, Gunther Schumler (left) and Jerrold Blanc (right) congratulate Katja Loesner and Sven Chloe on their excellent goat breeding.

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For Sven Kloy and Katja Loßner, who started the business in 2013 with two goats and then gradually built up their business as a sideline, this is a good confirmation. Because the trained auto mechanic and vet are committed: “We feel good in the country and with the animals,” says Sven Koloy. They both accept the fact that anyone who works with animals is required around the clock and that vacations are hardly possible. Of course, goats should be milked regularly and taken care of at all. In addition, there is work on a small cheese dairy farm, where milk, cheese and even ice cream are made from milk. Making forage, building fences, fixing the barn – there is always something.

back to earth

So it’s no surprise that Sven Kohl came to present the award on business matters and Katja Lusner had just come off an assignment. Anything else would have surprised the delegation of representatives of the Association of Farmers and Breeders of Sheep and Goats or the State Office. She meets at the entrance to the farm in the village of Lichteneichen. Small farms line a path that cuts through the hill. Behind the house there is a steep climb towards the barn, and on the front side the terrain slopes down to the stream.

From the Mercedes workshop to the agriculture

Kloy, who has long given up his job for a Mercedes workshop and now works full time as a goat farmer and agricultural contractor, leads visitors into the grounds: Opening onto a dirt road and under a plum tree filled with darkness, the sweet fruit is a meadow where is part of the herd, which has now grown into About 150 animals. Jerrold Blanc of the State Bureau of Environment, Agriculture, and Geology praises that “herding here is really typical.” This time, in the state competition, the focus was on regional added value and direct marketing, and Caprinenhof’s work is impressive there, he confirms.

The wooden house is the first selling point

Products made from Lichteneichen goat’s milk are already locally available: on the family farm, a few meters from the cheese dairy on the ground floor, there is a small wooden house with cheese, roast goat or meat in the refrigerator. If you don’t meet anyone, billing is done via the trust cash register. It couldn’t be more direct. Farmers’ markets in the area are also important for sales. Operators have to calculate accurately, because the organic farm is complex and many things can only be done manually. Sven Kloy describes the current situation: “The business is still going well in the markets at the moment, but when it comes to sales in stores you can already tell that customers are more cautious.”

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Dairy products are well tolerated

But many regular customers appreciate the delicacies of Lichteneichen. “The milk is very rich and creamy, and its products don’t taste like goat. Plus, the cheese is well tolerated by people who are lactose intolerant,” Katja Losner describes. Both continued to improve recipes and create new varieties. In the early years, the couple still milked the goats twice daily; Today, this is done by an automated system. “The herd has grown significantly in the meantime,” says Katja Losner. “This year alone we’ve had 90 pregnancies.”

Praise from the Assembly and the Bureau

This also requires respect for the association’s professionals and the authorities. “The development work that’s been done over many years is really paying off here,” says Gunther Zschommler of the Saxony Farmers’ Association. Zschommler, a livestock farmer, knows that developing a goat farm is a very difficult path. Regina Walther of the Saxon Sheep and Goat Breeders’ Association emphasized that “Sven Kloe, with the support of his family, has always had good ideas and implemented them and is looking for cooperation in the area – this is exemplary.” She respects the fact that he gave up his secure job at Mercedes to set up a goat farm in the village.

Animals especially trust

So much praise is almost embarrassing for Sven Koloy and Katja Losner. They say, “We love doing it, even if it’s not always easy.” It doesn’t get official either, because many goats are already crowding around the visitors. Confident and calm animals pick up their pets and become quite certain: They aren’t shy about stomping guests’ skin, pulling on their bag straps, or sniffing out their outstretched hands before the lush greenery gets more exciting again.

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