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Jersey cows do well on unlimited feeding regime

A new company starting in Lelystad, the Netherlands tests the difference between Jersey and Holstein cows, by applying the Kempen system. This system - developed by feed company ForFarmers Hendrix - is a complete feeding system for dairy cattle and has been used in the Netherlands since 2006. The cows receive unlimited access to a special developed concentrated feed and roughage. Photos courtesy Koos Groenewold.

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  • Jersey cows do well on unlimited feeding regime

    Peter de Vries is a (cattle) farmer from Lelystad, the Netherlands. He started a new company with Jersey and Holstein cows, together with Jan Willem Elsenga.

  • Photo Report: Cattle farmer tests out Kempen system

    The company in Lelystad is still under construction. The goal is to milk 100 cows at this location. The farm has no grass area.

  • Photo Report: Cattle farmer tests out Kempen system

    In July 2014 there were approximately 30 milking Jersey heifers and around 40 Holsteins, of which 80 percent are heifers and 20 percent are cows that have had their second calf.

  • Photo Report: Cattle farmer tests out Kempen system

    Due to the farmers having to buy all the roughage, the Kempen system fits nicely into their business. Little roughage and more concentrated feed keeps the rations stable.

  • Photo Report: Cattle farmer tests out Kempen system

    With the mini shovel, which also represents the entire machine park, a grass bale is picked up every two days and transported to the feeding fence.

  • Photo Report: Cattle farmer tests out Kempen system

    The cows eat a specially formulated pellet (GraasBiks) out the feeding troughs. The Jerseys eat much less than the Holsteins, meaning feed costs are also lower.

  • Photo Report: Cattle farmer tests out Kempen system

    The calves are housed in individual boxes. They receive colostrum within 30 minutes of being born.

  • Photo Report: Cattle farmer tests out Kempen system

    A part of the calve population at the farm.

  • Photo Report: Cattle farmer tests out Kempen system

    The Jerseys are much smaller than the Holsteins. To increase the accessibility to the udder, the movable chest rail helps to steer the smaller Jersey cows in the right direction.

  • Photo Report: Cattle farmer tests out Kempen system

    Because the hind teats of the Jerseys udder are much smaller than the Holstein ones, the teat cups have been adjusted to fit correctly and to make sure the hind teats can be milked correctly.

  • Photo Report: Cattle farmer tests out Kempen system

    When the last group of Holsteins is being milked, the Jersey cows are rounded up behind the milking stall. Now it is their turn to be milked.

  • Photo Report: Cattle farmer tests out Kempen system

    The Jersey heifers produce approximately 7.000 kilos of milk per year, including high levels of fat and protein. The Holstein heifers produce around 9.100 kilos of milk. In the calculated milk volumes, the Holstein cows produce 2.4 kilos more milk than the Jerseys. Holsteins thus bring in more money. But because they also consume more feed, the profit per amount of consumed feed is higher for the Jersey cows.

Wijnand Hogenkamp

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