B2: Milk production

In recent years, there has been a focus on production and processing of milk as well as other aspects of the agri-food industry. There are demands and goals for e.g. carbon footprint, energy usage and animal welfare. The industry has already been through a professionalisation and structural development changes that continuously set all parts of the value chain under pressure with a demand for optimisation and innovation.

The Danish model is well recognised for optimising all parts of the value chain and this will be our focus on this tour. We will start with the end product and hereafter dig deeper into where it all starts by looking at the research being done to develop our future. We will end the day at a dairy farm where you will see and hear more about what is demanded from the farmer now and in the future.

Time Programme
07:30 am Departure Vingsted
9:00 am Arrival Arla, Aarhusvej 15,8840 Rødkærsbro

Rødkærsbro Dairy is one the leading producers of mozzarella cheese, pizza cheese topping and shredded cheese for cooking.
The dairy is one the largest in the Arla Group with its 250 employees and a production 24/7 365 days a year.
The dairy uses biogas from local dairy farmers for heat production.

11:00 am Departure Arla
12:30 pm Arrival AU Foulum,Blichers All 20,8830 Tjele – http://dca.au.dk/om_dca/au-foulum/

Lunch

AU Foulum is part of Aarhus University and is where much research within food and agriculture in Denmark takes place e.g. livestock, plants, organic farming, bioenergy, environment, climate, soil, genetics and technology.

The journey towards fresh and sustainable milk starts at AU Foulum with a focus on optimising energy usage, climate, and animal welfare with the objective to add value to the entire Danish industry and international partners.
At the end of 2019 and into first quarter of 2020, AU Foulum will build new facilities for future feed, milk and methane research. Part of the project is an upgrade of approx. 170 roughage intake control (RIC) systems, a new industrial 2×12 side-by-side milking parlour and a new pipeline milking system.

During the visit, you will meet Professor Peter Lund and Professor Mette Olaf Nielsen, who will lead us through the research in feed, milk and methane.

4:00 pm Departure AU Foulum
4:30 pm Arrival Gunnar Forum, Præstevej 18, 8832 Skals

Gunnar and Solveig Forum started their first milk production in 1989 in a little village, Nr. Rind, close to today´s location. In 1997 they decided to build a completely new farm, at the current location and where we will visit. Today they milk 480 cows with seven milking robots. At the farm they have five employees, and in 2014 they received ”Landbrugets Arbejdsmiljøpris” – an award for best work environment within the agricultural business in Denmark. They operate 420 hectares.

During the visit we will enjoy dinner together – sponsored by VIKING

8:00 pm Departure
9:30 pm Arrival Vingsted

Guides on this tour: Peter Mogensen and Birgitte Pedersen

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