Healthy cows produce healthy milk.
That was the case in years gone by and it will also be the case in the future. Hunsingo Dairy is located in the attractive Dutch region of North Groningen, close to the Wadden Sea. A dairy farm that is in harmony with nature, where healthy cows live and have lived for generations. The Netherlands is the leader in dairy products. Milk is in the genes of the Dutch and our country is famous for the high quality of its dairy products.
The corn and fodder beets were harvest under great circumstances last month! Since it was dry, the beets (Limagrain & KWS), ‘superfood for cows’, were clean and didn’t need a wash before being shredded into the silage. However, the Limagrain variety had a better shape, with fewer grooves with dirt in it, which we only will use next year.
We are sure the cows will enjoy their new meal!
Recently we refreshed the cow bedding in the barn again. For several years, we are separating the manure and use the thick fraction as comfortable bedding for the cows. The aim is to have the perfect humidity, in order to maintain the best udder health while the bedding as pleasant for the cows as possible. The health of the udder/milk quality is outstanding since the somatic cell count (SCC) is always <100. We are refreshing the bedding frequently to achieve the best cow comfort, also when the cows are not in the fields.
Hunsingo Dairy is always looking to find the most efficient way to use the land. Together with NPPL (Nationale Proeftuin PrecisieLandbouw) we are optimizing the fertilization of the fields. For each 16 m², we are exactly measuring the deposit of manure and fertilizer, while also measuring the yields and soil conditions. We are investigating different methods of fertilizing the fields in relation to the yields. When we exactly know the response of our land on fertilizer and manure locally, we can reduce our environmental footprint and increase the biodiversity (adding low-nitrate needing herbs locally) of our crops, while maintaining the yields to feed our cows.
The aim of the project is to develop innovative milk and dairy products with a reduced saturated fat content and a higher unsaturated fat content for healthier nutrition for the consumer. For the implementation of this project, the expertise of Feed Innovation Services B.V. from Wageningen will be hired.
The project fits well with the objectives of the VIA scheme and contributes to the social importance of health, demography and welfare and also to the social importance of food security, sustainable agriculture and bio-economy.