Sustainability on the farm
A look at the farm yard of our member dairy farmers
FrieslandCampina wants to lead with sustainability and we are proud of the high standards that our member dairy farmers set for a more sustainable dairy farm. What are our owners doing about sustainability at their farm and which sustainable initiatives are already in place?
Linda Groot Wassink, Project Manager Global Sustainability, will visit one of our member dairy farmers monthly to show you what sustainability at the farm yard is about.
Episode #12: Sustainable soil management
In this episode Linda visits the Stokkers family in Eibergen (NL). They are committed to sustainable soil management. “We have several projects, for example collecting green waste in coordination with neighbor farmers. Results of the projects are that we keep the soil fertile, less minerals are washed away. This results in improved groundwater.” Check it out in the last vlog!
Episode #11: Labour inclusion
In this episode Linda visits the Poelman family in Groningen (NL). One day per week, Martijn is working at their farm. He has a distance to the labour market. “He needs a bit more guidance and we can offer him this. For us it adds pleasure in our work as well as some pay. For Martijn it is nice to have a good place to work and to learn about working on a farm.”
Episode #10: Generate sustainable energy
In this episode Linda visits the Treure family in Streefkerk, in the Dutch province of south Holland. They have 130 dairy cows and generate sustainable energy by means of windmills and solar panels. “We work with milking robots so we use energy 24 hours per day. This means that we use a very large part of the energy ourselves, which makes us energy-neutral.” Why are they doing this? Linda figured it out in her new vlog.
Episode #9: Nature and landscape management
In this episode Linda visits the farm of the Hupperetz family in Mechelen, in the Dutch province of Limburg. Apart from a dairy farm, they are doing landscape and nature management. For example, they maintain hawthorn hedges and truncating pollarded trees. Their reason to do landscape and nature management is to increase the biodiversity and to keep the landscape in good order.
Episode #8: Organic agriculture
In this episode Linda visits member dairy farmer Jacob Boon in Zeewolde (NL). Apart from a cow farm, he is doing organic vegetable farming. He grow, among others, French beans and Brussels sprouts and he processes these for the retail. The misfits that he takes out are fed to the cows. In addition, Jacob has more sustainable ways of working. Check it out in this vlog.
Episode #7: Farm life education
In this episode Linda visits the Bennink family in Dwingeloo, in the province of Drenthe. They welcome two school classes per week and teach the school children about farm life. They also teach them about all animals at the farm, such as the birds and they try to include in the lessons all the things that can be done sustainably. Check it out in Linda’s new vlog.
Episode #6: Outdoor grazing
In this episode Linda visits the Krol brothers in Hengstdijk, in the province of Zeeland. They have a dairy farm with 600 dairy cows spread over two locations. They also apply outdoor grazing. But what exactly is outdoor grazing? Linda figured it out in her new vlog.
Episode #5: Meadow birds
In this episode Linda visits the Eggenkamp family in Bunschoten-Spakenburg in Utrecht. Apart from a cow farm, member dairy farmers Simone and Robert are also engaged in meadow birds management. They locate the nests, so that they can mow around them. What else do they do to create an area where meadow birds find it attractive? Check it out in the video.
Episode #4: Good care of the cows
In this episode Linda visits the dairy farm of the Kraakman family in Sint-Maartensbrug in Noord-Holland. His motto is: ‘if we take good care of the cow, the cow will take good care of us’. How does he make it as comfortable as possible for his cows? Linda figured it out in her new vlog.
Episode #3: Energy from manure
In this episode Linda visits the Van Poppel familiy in Molenschot in the province of Brabant, Netherlands. Apart from a cow farm, the family also produces green energy from manure. The energy is produced via manure mono-fermentation. Check out the video below to see how it works exactly.
Episode #2: A heated home thanks to milk
In this episode Linda visits the dairy farm of the Elshof family in Oldetrijne in the province of Friesland. Member dairy farmer Henk uses the warmth of the milk to heat his home and farm. He is off the gas network with that. But how does that work exactly? Linda checked it out.
Episode #1: Sustainability on the farm
In this episode Linda visits the dairy farm of Geert and Dineke in Holten. What are they doing about nature conservation and biodiversity and what could they tell us about special energy-saving measures at their farm?
Sustainable energy production by dairy farmersGeneration of renewable energy is typically something related to farmers. Large roof tops are well suited for solar panels.
The next step in sustainable dairyThis sustainable dairy from FrieslandCampina is the first to comply with the ‘On the way to PlanetProof’ quality mark that was recently established for dairy products.