After completing his three-year apprenticeship as an agricultural machinery mechanic, daniel firnkas decided in september to continue his training as a farmer. The decision was made, as he himself says, "because then I will have learned something good and can be my own boss someday. In addition, I have better chances of promotion and can possibly take over my uncle's business at some point".
Even as a child, he spent every day on his uncle's farm, where he always helped out a lot. "It was clear to me from the start that this was the direction I wanted to take in my career. Farming is my passion. I always went to work on the farm right after school", daniel says.
However, he is already aware that agriculture alone has no future. "If you only do farming, then it's very time-consuming." That's why it's important to have a second mainstay, like firewood production, for example. That's why he's already involved in it when he helps his uncle in his agricultural and forestry business.
In his apprenticeship, daniel learns about manuring, threshing and harvesting, among other things. The preservation of the soil is very important. He is also taught a few forestry elements related to the forest during his apprenticeship. He also took various courses at school, ranging from animal husbandry to milking and swimming.
After his second apprenticeship, he may still want to do his master's degree. So he was able to train farmers himself.
His class won the "green professions are full of life – the future needs young talent" competition for young talent daniel firnkas took third place in the agricultural competition in the district of erlangen-hochstadt. But this success is not so important to him.
Practice is different from theory
"If there's something to do, I have to take care of it. That's how it works in agriculture, says the young farmer. In practice, things are usually not exactly the same as in theory.
In agriculture, no two days are the same. "You can't plan a day. It used to be different. Today, the logistics have to be right, and you have to be able to rely on your machines – but one always breaks down", says the trained agricultural machinery mechanic. He has one distinct advantage from his initial training: if a machine breaks down, he can usually repair it himself. It's cheaper and faster.
It's not just the machines that pose a problem from time to time, but also the weather conditions.
"The stub periods are getting shorter and shorter. It used to be about six weeks in the summer, now it's only four", says daniel.
Moreover, the profession of farmer is often underestimated. "We produce food for others, but no one sees that anymore. The quality is underestimated and no one knows anymore how much work is actually behind it, and where exactly the food comes from", says the trainee.
A good decision
Daniel firnkas is passionate about his work, however, which makes dealing with these basic problems a little easier.
He is happy with his decision to become an apprentice farmer.