Holistic grazing

Cows for the climate! Cows for the climate! Our Salers and Angus herd grazes on our farmland, helping us to sustainably regenerate our soil and promote biodiversity.
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How we graze

Our cows graze across our farmland, where we otherwise plant rye, spelt, wheat or even sunflowers.

With our holistic grazing system, we follow the natural behavior pattern of ruminants in large grasslands: The herd stays in the pasture all year long, close together and on the move, as they would naturally do to protect themselves from their predators. We work with mobile fences that we move and rearrange on a daily basis, so that the cows are moved from one small plot to the next small plot several times a day.

If they were to start selecting, the grasses and plants that taste less good to them would be left. Desertification would be the result. If the animals stand close together, they graze evenly, on everything, that comes in front of their hooves. Because they are on the move at the same time, they trample over a lot of leaf mass, which covers the soil and at the same time provides food for soil organisms. This mulch layer protects the soil from sunlight and allows it to retain moisture. Any area that has just been grazed by the cows is left to recover for weeks afterwards – giving the plants time to regenerate and regrow. Due to the short grazing period, the plants are not completely eaten away, which stimulates regrowth and sequesters carbon in the soil overtime.

"It's the how, not the cow!"

Luciano Arangoitia

Herd manager
Luciano and the feeling for cows. The first thing you hear in the village in the morning is the rattling of the quad bike. At 7 a.m., Luciano drives to his herd. Whether at dawn or over an after-work beer – he is actually always with the herd, at least in his mind. From Peru, via England to Brandenburg. Always in his luggage: a great deal of passion for farming.

"Cowpats attract an incredible milieu of insects and microbes, which in turn attract many birds. A whole cascade of positive effects for biodiversity - above and below ground. "

"Cows are the key to reducing dependencies and closing our own loops."

About cowpats and nutrient cycles

Since 2019, we have been raising Black Angus and Salers cattle on a portion of our farmland with the idea of keeping our on-farm nutrient cycles as small and yet as efficient as possible. We remove nutrients from the soil via the harvest of our crops. We need to return these nutrients. Instead of buying manure on a large scale from another farm, our cattle now fertilizes the pasture themselves. Cows are the key to reducing dependencies and closing our own cycles.

This way of working allows us to avoid some tillage of the soil by heavy, agricultural machinery and thus have less soil compaction and less exposed soil and therefor less drying out. 

Our grass fed beef

The appreciation for our animals does not stop in the field. Every few weeks we shoot one of our steers – and we do it directly on the pasture, without stress, but with a lot of respect and calm. We then bring it to our trusted country butcher: Lutz Lehmann, where the beef hangs, to mature, for a few weeks. It is then sliced into recognized cuts and ready for sale.

From the pasture to your kitchens: Order the best of our pasture-raised cattle to your home now. A box full of Madlitz to give you a taste of our work, a package of the highest quality beef from our Angus steers for your plates. Here you can view and order the different options and boxes:


We conduct on-farm research with our Finck Foundation. We use Gut&Bösel's land to test and develop regenerative, multifunctional forms of land use. With the goal of finding solutions for food systems that are now threatened as never before by climate change, degraded soils, loss of biodiversity and species diversity, and the loss of the relationship between humans and nature and between urban and rural areas.

Landscape park

The park in Madlitz, with its large oak trees and mighty chestnuts, is the oldest English landscape park in Brandenburg.


We manage 2000 hectares of forest, much of which are 40–60-year-old pine monocultures, on very poor sandy soils which are far from groundwater. Our goal: to create a multifunctional mixed forest that is climate resilient and diverse.

Tree nursery

Our Syntropic tree nursery is a hybrid between an agroforestry system and a sustainable tree nursery: an ecosystem on its own and at the same time the basis of our future agroforestry systems

Crop production

Alt Madlitz has a very long tradition of arable farming. Today we grow a wide variety of cereals in a six- to eight-part crop rotation, with undersown crops, catch crops and biodiversity strips. Always with soil as the focus!


Trees are the future! According to the principles of Syntropic agriculture, we have created six agroforestry systems on our farm. They increase soil fertility, help protect our fields against wind and water erosion, ensure cleaner groundwater, store carbon, moderate the microclimate and promote biodiversity.


Compost is life! And soil is the basis of all our work. That's why we have our own compost department, which takes care of all our microorganisms and nutrient cycles.