Dutch Excellence Field Trip

Extend your trip to VIV Europe 2014 with a tour of Dutch         excellence

Start of your trip to VIV Europe 2014 with a tour of Dutch excellence on the Dutch Excellence Field Trip on May 19.

Join AllAboutFeed, PigProgress and WorldPoultry and:

  • Take a look inside successful Dutch companies
  • Experience what makes them successful first-hand
  • Experts in feed and agri will act as  you tour guides during the trip
  • Come into contact with leading Dutch manufacturers on the bus

 

Programme

09h30 – 10h00 Reception and coffee
10h00 – 10h10 Welcome and introduction of Dutch Excellence Field Trip by Editorial Direct Roel Leferink
10h10 – 10h30 Introduction of Topsector Agri&Food, Suzanne van Tilburg
10h30 Departure from Jaarbeurs Utrecht
10h30 – 17h30 Dutch Excellence Field Trip
17h30 Return to Jaarbeurs Utrecht

You can choose one of the three different routes, based on sector or theme.

 

1.    Rondeel free range layerfarm  and Lagerwey broiler hatchery  


Visit to the Rondeel layer farm
The Rondeel farm in Barneveld is a unique and modern layer farm, specially designed to meet and satisfy the natural needs of chickens. During the tour you will see that the hens can sit on perches in the night quarters, enjoy sunlight and fresh air in their living quarters and bathe in the dust in a dedicated wooded area. The eggs are packed on site and sold by a major Dutch supermarket chain. The farm also has conference rooms and is open to the public.

Visit to hatchery Lagerwey
Lagerwey is a leading broiler hatchery in The Netherlands, located  near the village of Lunteren.  The hatchery is used by customers from all over the world to witness expertise from Dutch soil. At the Lagerwey facility a dazzling 1.8 million eggs a week are hatched. They have recently started with selling PlusFour chicks, hatched from the HatchBrood system. This means that the customer can choose between regular one day chicks or whether the chicks get their first start by PlusFour. 


2.    Pig farming

Druijff breeding farm, Voorthuizen
The first stop of this tour will take visitor to a 500 sow breeding farm in Voorthuizen, about 40 km east of Utrecht. It is here that two recent innovations by Netherlands-based pig equipment manufacturer Vereijken Hooijer can be admired. First, the Date Gate, an automatic circuit for one or more boars for both stimulation and insemination. In addition, there is also the VariPlus, a movable farrowing flooring system. Designed for piglet protection, the system pushes up the sow’s floor as soon as she stands up.

Swine Innovation Centre (VIC), Sterksel
The Swine Innovation Centre (VIC) in Sterksel is Wageningen University & Research Centre’s experimental facility for pig farming research. The university uses this facility to conduct research into different aspects of pig husbandry, such as feed, emissions, mineral management and health. You will be able to see the premises and ask questions. It is a multifunctional research centre for modern, innovative and sustainable pig husbandry, both in the Netherlands and abroad.


3.    Feed  mill technology and practice

Visit to research farm VIC Sterksel
The Swine Innovation Centre (VIC) in Sterksel is Wageningen UR's experimental facility for pig farming research. Wageningen UR uses this facility to conduct research into different aspects of pig husbandry, such as feed, emissions, mineral management and health. You will be able to see the premises and ask questions.  It is a multifunctional research centre for modern, innovative and sustainable pig husbandry, both in the Netherlands and abroad.

Presentation by Hemke Nutri Consult, hosted by VIC Sterksel?
Gert Hemke, founder of Hemke Nutri Consult  is a person with drive and expertise in the fields of: Animal nutrition, Feed concentrates and feed additives, Production processes and quality control, Management on big scale farms andSustainability (environment, welfare, efficiency) in chains. Gert Hemke has international experience in strategic and practical issues. He will give a presentation and a consult at the premises of VIC Sterksel.