The farmer produces our raw materials
Nortura is owned by 17,100 small and large farmers who run farms across the country. The farms have been handed down for generations and are adapted to local production conditions. Being a Nortura farmer means that you supply meat and eggs to Nortura, but also that you are a co-owner and can help decide how the company is run. We are the largest cooperative and the largest association of egg and meat producing farmers in the whole of Norway, and have both large and small producers in our ranks. What they all have in common is that they run farms that are adapted to the area they live in - whether it concerns grazing conditions or the type of operation.
Nortura is unique because we source eggs and animals for slaughter in all parts of the country. This means that there are many active and professional farmers in every county. It goes without saying that there is livestock production and agriculture in, for example, Finnmark. But the fact that our farms are located in what many would define as desolate and remote places is important in order to make use of the good grazing resources to be found in the regions.
Many sheep, goats and cattle graze along the coast and in the mountains, utilising resources that can only become human food through the stomach of livestock. In other areas, where conditions are more suitable for grain production, more eggs, chicken, turkey and pork is produced. Animal species that eat grain-based fodder.
Farms in Norway are generally smaller than those found in Europe and other parts of the world. This is also reflects our farmers, who include both hobby producers and larger producers. Some supply one pig a year, while others operate on a larger scale and may supply over 9,000 per year. The same variation is also found in sheep, goats and cattle - or in chicken, turkey and eggs where the numbers are higher.
The vast majority follow a family tradition, and run farms that have been in the family's possession for several generations. It is a responsibility that many are familiar with, and many are keen to carry on the tradition. When we have active Nortura farmers well into their 80s, it commands respect, but it is at least as important that we have young and enterprising farmers in their 20s.