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 of 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 began producing milk in 1989 in the little village Nr. Rind, which is close to the present farm location. In 1997, they decided to build a completely new farm at the current location and this is what we will visit. Today, they milk 480 cows with seven milking robots. They have five farm employees. In 2014 they received ”Landbrugets Arbejdsmiljøpris”, an award for the best work environment in the agricultural industry in Denmark. They farm 420 hectares.

The visit will include a dinner sponsored by VikingGenetics.

8:00 pm Departure
9:30 pm Arrival Vingsted

Guides:

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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