B1: Cattle production

Danish Holstein is the most common dairy breed in Denmark.

On this tour we will have focus on:

  • Climate
  • Energy
  • Animal welfare

Danish agriculture focuses on the most optimal solutions for the climate, energy consumption and animal welfare – and this will also be the focus areas on this tour. You will gain insight into the work and processes in the different parts of the value chain in meat production in Denmark. On this trip, you will also get the best insights and impressions from the Danish “From farm to fork” concept.

Around the world, including Denmark, there is an increased focus on climate and energy consumption. In the past year, agriculture has seen more goals overall and the goals have become more concrete with regard to becoming climate neutral. During the tour, you will see and hear more about how companies set their climate goals, how the goals affect farmers, and what farmers must do to meet the goals while supplying meat to abattoirs and consumers now and in the future.

For practical reasons there is only room for 30 participants on this tour.
Time Programme – Focus meat production
9:45 am Departure Vingsted
10.30 am Arrival Danish Crown Beef, Energivej 5, 6670 Holsted

Danish Crown Beef has its headquarters in Holsted, and with a capacity of 4,500 units per week it is Denmark’s largest cattle abattoir. The beef division is part of the Danish Crown Group, which is owned by Danish farmers.

The abattoir in Holsted is approximately five years old and was built as part of a centralisation of the company’s slaughter facilities. At group level, the company has a clear strategy for a sustainable future – and with a clear goal to reduce its carbon footprint by 50 percent before 2050.
The abattoir in Holsted also collaborates with its neighbours, e.g. with regard to using waste products in a biogas plant.

NB! Danish Crown Beef does not allow guests to take their own photos at the abattoir; but the company will provide you with press photos.

12.30 pm Departure from Holsted
1.00 pm Arrival Christian Sørensen, Veal production, Riisagervej 4, 6818 Årre
Tranbjerg Østergaard near Holsted has an annual production of 3.600 veal calves for the Danish Crown Beef concept “Danish Calf”. 20-25 percent of the calves are crosses between beef cattle and dairy cattle. The rest of the herd are purebred dairy cattle.Tranbjerg Østergaard also cultivates 600 hectares of land.

The farm is involved in a Seges project in which calf feed intake and methane emissions are registered. The objective of the project is to find the most feed and climate efficient beef bulls.
Seges is a Danish organisation with a focus on knowledge and innovation. It deals with all aspects of agriculture. Seges is part of the Danish Agriculture & Food Council.

2.30 pm Departure Christian Sørensen
4.00 pm Arrival at Skovgaard Gårdbutik (farm shop), Horsbjergvej 1, 8653 Them – www.butik-skovgaard.dk/
Skovgård has beef cattle, dairy cattle and pigs.In 1997, the farm started selling its own meat production, with animal welfare as a key value. The products are sold in the farm shop with the objective of giving customers a delicious taste experience. Skovgård has its own processing room, cooling area for maturing the meat, and area for sausage production.

Cattle breeds on the farm are: Black Angus, Limousin, Belgian Blue.

5.30 pm Return to Vingsted – end of tour

Changes to the programme can occur.


Birgitte Pedersen
Has an MSc in Economics and Business administration and has over the years supplemented this with journalistic and communication training. Since 2006, she has worked within different areas of the agricultural business – and been responsible for business development and branding in the Agricultural and Food value chain in Denmark as well as internationally.

Peter W. Mogensen
Journalist and editor at the Agricultural publishers LandbrugsMedierne
Trained farmer and agricultural technician with cattle as a specialty
Has worked with dairy production in Denmark and New Zealand

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