Organic Dairy Farm visit
All visitors must confirm that they have not been in contact with farm animals 24 hours prior to the farm visit.
Togårdsvej 17, 4750 Lundby, Denmark
Sørens dairy farm:
Name: Salsbjerggård (Salsbjerg dairy farm)
Location: Togårdsvej 17, 4750, Lundby, Denmark
"Although Salsbjerggård is situated in the middle of the Danish countryside in South Zealand, the farm is also a small piece of New Zealand. For Søren Madsen, second generation at the farm, he has been so inspired by the working methods he learned at a study in a New Zealand dairy farm that he brought them home. Søren was one of the first in Denmark to use the New Zealand system. The system is efficient and good for both the animal and the farmer, Søren thinks. And it also turns out that he has been number one in a comparison of livestock farming, which the Knowledge Center for Agriculture is responsible for four times in succession.
The method is to distribute specific tasks over the calendar year. For example, Søren's cows and heifers are inseminated simultaneously and not evenly throughout the year, and Søren stops milking on May 1st, so that the animals can prepare for calving in June and July. So, Søren and his five employees can concentrate very accurately on the tasks to be solved, while there are variations in the tasks during the year.
Søren took over the farm from his father in a sliding transition, but in 2008 it was him alone who stood as owner of Salsbjerggård and two other properties he had also bought. Søren has more than 650 dairy cows plus almost the same number of young animals.
Søren's cows are Jersey cows. They walk in state-of-the-art stables with walls that can be rolled up and down depending on how the weather is outside. They also have brushes as they can rub on and beds with sand. In the summer they are out on grass, as cows that deliver milk to Organic Arla brand are. Organic corn, sugar beet, rapeseed, wheat and barley are also grown on the farm.”