‘’De Haar’’ in Scherpenzeel (NL) is one of the trial farms of the VanDrie Group. In this farm, a total of 700 calves are housed, of which 48 calves are available for digestion trials and 120 rearing calves which are fed by automatic feeding machines. As of 2013, 30 additional rearing calves are housed in flex stables outside.
Throughout the year several trials take place at ‘’De Haar’’. Research topics may vary from feeding schedules, formulation of milk replacers, raw materials to health issues.
Since 2011, an automatic concentrate feeder was installed. This enables us to register the concentrate intake per calf, which helps to conduct trials in a reliable way.
‘’De Haar’’ is one of the few rearing calf research units with over 100 calves and continuous trials (4x/year). Repetition of trials is therefore possible.
On this trial farm, Schils BV has the possibility to conduct scientific trials together with our key customers.