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It can’t stay this dry, say coburg farmers

It can't stay this dry, say coburg farmers

If bernd rottmann wants to feed his 80 dairy cows, he has to buy in extra fodder. The reserves are not enough. No more green fodder from the meadows. His farm in robfeld is exemplary for the situation of farmers in coburg county. The drought hits everyone.
Farms that produce according to the EU's organic standards are no exception, emphasizes martin flohrschutz, head of the bavarian farmers' association (BBV) in coburg. Verena kunick can only confirm that. Your farm with 140 dairy cows is an organic farm. "We normally add green fodder in summer. That's not nearly enough this year. We are feeding silage reserves from 2016 and 2017", she says.
It was the extremely dry year of 2003 that prompted farmers to increase their stocks. Should extreme years become more frequent, even more stocks would have to be built up in good harvest years. "At the moment, no one is investing because there is a new investment ordinance with a lot still up in the air. No one risks building a silo or a septic tank", adds hans rebelein, the BBV's managing director in coburg.
When bernd rottmann takes stock, he assumes losses of around 30 percent in cereals – and he was still lucky that he was able to sow everything last fall. Others of his colleagues who had to spread summer cereals in the spring fared even worse. For rapeseed, rottmann expects losses of more than 30 percent; for corn, he expects yields to drop by more than 40 percent.

A land rain could help

"There had to be more than 50 liters of rain per square meter if anything was to be salvaged from the corn", says martin flohrschutz. In a field near rossfeld, little linus shuttered a cob. This shows that grain formation stops at about two-thirds of the cob. Together with the already meager crops, this will lead to high losses on this field. How high the losses will be varies from region to region and also depends on how lucky the farmer was when sowing the crop. But there will be losses across the board.
Martin flohrschutz does not want to make generalizations. "The weather is part of our business, the harvests are sometimes bigger and sometimes smaller, that has always been the case", he says. A 20 percent reduction in yields is something you have to be able to cope with. But this year the situation is different in many respects.
Rapeseed and cereals are almost completely harvested. "Yield losses of over 25 percent on average in the county are the rule", explains hans rebelein. However, there were also "dramatic losses" of over 60 percent occurred.

The stock is dwindling

There are still stocks, thanks to year-round silage feeding. But there is no more ground fodder for a long time. Even on the kunicks' organic farm, the first cut in the meadows was still productive. The second cut was meager. There is no third party yet. Last year, most farmers suffered five.
The national situation with its focus on the north is also having an impact on the region. Because cattle are already being slaughtered in the north due to a lack of fodder, beef is coming onto the market. Pigs are hardly in demand, the prices for pork are plummeting. At the same time, feed costs are rising because pig farmers are having to buy more. For quite a few farms, the situation is threatening their existence.
When it comes to government aid, farmers' representatives emphasize two things. First: "we don't want to receive money as a gift. It's about cheap loans to bridge the emergency situation. That has to be paid back", says district farmer heidi bauersachs. Second: "it's not about money by the bucketload principle. Only those who have been hit hard should receive help", says martin flohrschutz.
With stocks depleted this year and unable to be replaced, farmers are looking to the future with concern. Should the winter be dry and another year like this one possibly follow, animals will also have to be slaughtered in the coburg region because the feed is no longer sufficient – not even on organic farms.

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Sports club continues hard consolidation course

Sports club continues hard consolidation course

The baiersdorfer sportverein (BSV) confirmed roland lahme as president at its annual meeting. He and treasurer jurgen bovers represent the consolidation course that the association has taken since its financial imbalance in 2013.
Accordingly, the report on finances was at the top of the agenda. BSV has now reduced its debt to 290,000 euros. This corresponds to the half of the former high level. The repayment rate is nine percent.
However, the club will not be debt-free in nine years. Because he must invest in the club buildings and facilities. Partly this is due to the age of the buildings, partly the BSV wants to strengthen its young and attractive divisions.
This includes the rehabilitation and course program initiated by sports director michael hettchen. "It is the future security of our club", said lahme and also referred to the growing frequency of "bsvit", which is to be topped up with more advises in the hall and in the free one. The two divisions generated a plus of 33,000 euros.
All other departments remained in their budgets, except for the fubballer. The minus of 4700 euros is to be eliminated in the current year by a counter-concept that christian moser has drawn up. Excluding the reserves from the sale of land to the railroad, there was a deficit of 22,000 euros in current sports operations, which is due to the fact that BSV has to pay the full salary costs of its sports director itself. In previous years, the city of baiersdorf had stepped in to help out.
The consolidation is also due to the increasing number of members. Exactly 1594 shares were traded at the end of the year, thus reaching the high level of 2009 again, with the exception of a few people.
The reports from the individual departments showed that they had all gained momentum. The largest increase was recorded in the age group up to 17 years old. Now they want to increase the offers "for young professionals", that is, the age group from 27 to 40.
The association is particularly committed to senior sports. The offers here reach up to the chair gymnastic. For this course in the evangelical community center there is even a transport service. Michael wiedenbauer from the bavarian gymnastics association presented the "senior-friendly club" award to senior athletes brigid grub, anne kupers and ursel baumgartl.
A sticking point for lahme is the rising cost of external services for maintenance of the facilities and painting and cleaning work in the "sports palace" – despite the strong commitment of the good spirits hans-jurgen beifub, manni hoyer and walter roth. He therefore raised the question of working hours or their compensation in the form of a sum of money. He is thinking in particular of the summer festival and similar projects in which members provide services. Pauline lindner

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