Russia – Pig Farming


Oertle d.o.o.


Two Swiss farmers, father and son, who ran a pig farm in Switzerland for many years, decided to establish a similar operation in Kaluga, Russia.

In 2004 they bought farm buildings of a defunct pig farm and founded Oertle GmbH. They breed and slaughter pigs using breeding and production methods that meet European standards.
The investors identified a demand for processed pig meat in the Russian market, which is generally higher in price than in the EU and particularly North America. Due to lower production costs, the margins in Russia are larger than in Western countries.
The project has a positive impact on the local economy, creating jobs and transferring know-how in state-of-the-art pig farming methods.
The investors received a loan from the SECO Start-up Fund to finance the farm renovation and initial costs.

Development Impact

creation of 11 jobs