"Today we milk around 430 cows and last year (July 2014 to June 2015) we delivered to the dairy 10,400 kg milk per cow with 4.02% fat and 3.21% protein." The Heusmann partnership runs a simple feeding system for the cows. They employ 5 workers as well as obtaining help from 2 students on an annual basis.
"We feed 2 rations to the lactating cows and 2 rations to the dry cows," said Jan. "About 80% of the lactating cows are on the high ration for about 40 kg of milk.
The cows are in a free stall barn all the year round and we feed in a bunk, using a mixing wagon with three horizontal mixing screws."
Double 8 herringbone parlour
There are no robots used on this farm but the team milk 3 times per day to achieve a higher yield from the cows. "We don't use robotic milking. We milk 3 times a day in a double 8 herringbone parlour," Jan said. "The parlour is run with an average 3.5 employees on a rotational basis.
"There are 2 staff employed to feed the cows, the calves and work the biogas plant. And a further 2 young students are employed on our farm to learn agriculture. These young people change every year in August.
"We have 3 free stall barns with automatic scrapers built back in 1991, 2003 and 2009. We use straw for bedding which gives the cows a good bed of around 20 cm thick and is very comfortable."