Caring dairy is a project for farmers sponsored by the cooperative of Beemster.
Caring dairy is about sustainability, that means a good balance between:
Happy cows & Healthy cows, feeling good and living longer. (Welfare)
Happy Farmers: The farmer has to be able to earn a good sandwich with his farm. (economic healthy farm)
Happy earth: There is care for the environment where the farmers live and work. (Energy and climate)
Our cows can go outside, jumping by the grassland, grazing fresh grass. The cows can have a free life and sometimes I talk to them. That’s why Beemster cheese has a special taste.
The grass cheese with its special taste, delivers us one eurocent a liter milk extra..
This is what makes: Happy farmers and Happy cows.
But the cows can only be happy when they are healthy, then she can live longer at the Spaander farm.
A part of caring dairy is cow-compass, to figure out if the cows have an optimal condition, and a good welfare. The veterinarian and the farmer going around the farm with a check-list.
This inspection is two times a year, then we have a look in the cowshed, the food & water provision, and the cow by herself (Healthy udder, shiny coat, and varnish nails).
The results from the checklist is a score of six parts, the veterinarian is going to see positive things to give tips for better results.