Climate neutral dairy farming
In this video Sjoerd van der Helm from H.K. Holsteins tells about the Beddingmaster, which has been running on his farm since the summer of 2019.
Sjoerd van der Helm in Zuidschermer, The Netherlands
"Cow feels comfortable in material from Beddingmaster"
Sjoerd van der Helm of H.K Holsteins started using a Beddingmaster in the summer of 2019; he is very satisfied with the box material. "The cows stand and lie smoothly, stay nice and clean and the cell count is under control."
H.K Holsteins is a collaboration between the Kregel and Van der Helm families in Zuidschermer.
At the end of 2019, the company was milking around 280 cows in a barn with 6 milking robots. Last year the stable was extended by sixty meters to more than 100 meters in total.
The existing stable has been renovated; water beds gave way to deep litter boxes.
Van der Helm says that a bedding master was deliberately chosen for the filling of the boxes. "The fresh manure comes from the stable in a collection tank on top of the bedmaster. From there the manure goes through a separator, after which the thin fraction goes back under the shed.
The thick fraction is first hygienized to 70 ° Celsius in a drum that is part of the Beddingmaster installation. After approximately 24 hours in the drum, a product of at least 40 percent dry matter comes out; we use this in the boxes.
The product is nicely loose and divides nicely into the cubicles; the cows are comfortable and happy. We really notice that the fresh cows get up faster than before. "
Top up every two weeks
Van der Helm or one of his colleagues at the company refills the boxes every two weeks. "That way we can create and maintain a nice sunbed. The cows are tilted up a little, which also makes getting up easier. Previously at the waterbeds we often saw fresh cows rise doubtfully. In the deep litter boxel with this bed, that is a thing of the past. "
The installation works completely electrically. "The pumping and separation is all set. This is automatic and does not cost us extra time and work, "explains Van der Helm.
The Beddingmaster at the farm has a capacity of 350 cows. The same number as the extensive stable of sun beds has. "In the coming years we will continue to make full and optimum use of the barn and this installation."