Monitor Farms in the Nederlands

Key Figures from the Dutch monitor farms (2013)

In the Netherlands there are 4 monitor farms participating in Autograssmilk.

 

ID NL03 NL06 NL07 NL08
Region South East South West Mid North
Farm description Conventional Innovative Conventional Bio-Dynamic
Number of cows 97 135  118 69
Number of young stock 79 86  88
Gras area (clover included) 33 30 34,1 59
Maïs area  6,4  5,0 13,3  –
Grazing area 28,5 15,5  6,0 43
Grazing days (daytime) 253 134 123 240
Grazing days (day and night) 0 134 0 120
Milk production
Total milk produced 795.306 1.282.500  1.154.085 378.046
Standard milk produced per cow (kg/year) 8.665  9.500  9.780 5.479
Milking system
Number of units 2 2 2 1
Brand and type Lely A3 Next Fullwood Lely A4 Lely A2
Year installed 2009 2010 2011 2006

Farm discription

 

Farm NL03 – 95 milking cowx on 39,4 ha

NL03-Hans-Coolen-en-vrouw-in-wei_0025  NL03-Hans-Coolen-boerderij_0149

Farm goal: Getting a decent farm income with good working conditions

How’s grazing managed: Strip grazing

Main challenge: Maximum grass intake by grazing (minimum 50 percent of total ration) with optimum robot visits (on average minimum 2,5 times a day)

Farm NL06 – Dairy farm

NL06-Heijning-(farm)

 

Farm goal: Producing milk

How’s grazing managed: 24 hours a day

Main challenge: Cows determine their own rhytme

Farm NL07 – 120 cows kept to produce milk

NL07-Stal-Ketelaars-P1040185

NL07-famlie-Smeijers

Farm goal: Getting a decent farm income by taking into account future developments en societal demands

How’s grazing managed: Getting a decent farm income by taking into account future developments en societal demands

Main challenge: Combining a high milk yield per robot (650.000 kg milk per unit) with some form of grazing

Farm NL08 – Bio dynamic with optimal cow conditions and getting a decent farm income

NL08-Wytze-Brandsma

Farm goal: Creating conditions close to nature to get an optimal environment for the cows. A natural environment improves animal welfare and health, so antibiotics are not needed

How’s grazing managed: Creating conditions close to nature to get an optimal environment for the cows. A natural environment improves animal welfare and health, so antibiotics are not needed

Main challenge: Optimal grass usage by using the ABC-system