Netherlands-Dairy Farming


GFN member Judith de Vor shows us some of her frequent dairy farm chores. Her cows are inside the barn during the winter and there they are fed a silage mixture. The silage grass is mowed in May, June, July and placed in a big pile. To protect the silage from the weather and keep it fresh, the pile is covered with plastic that is held in place with old tires. When it’s time to feed the silage, Judith opens the silage pile by removing the tires and plastic. Watch to see what other delicious by-products her cows enjoy eating!

Judith de Vor

Judith de Vor

Raised in the city but married to a farmer, Judith de Vor is now a proud dairy farmer who is working with her animals every day. Together with her husband Rick and 3 kids, as a fifth generation they continue their love for the animals and the land while raising cows. They are working in a sustainable and regenerative way – as much as possible. Their environment, the society, nature and landscape management are important parts of the way they farm. Judith is running several projects for increasing biodiversity and endangered bird species are protected at the farm. Thousands of people are being welcomed each year on the farm. From open farm days to school classes, agricultural organizations and policy makers; they all come to the farm to learn and understand farming and food production. Judith believes dialogue is very important when it comes to making true connections.

Judith is an advocate for agriculture and part of TeamAgroNL and a Nuffield farming scholar. She promotes Dutch food and farmers and speaks at several events all over the world. With a background in political science, agricultural policies has her interest. She is also an agricultural social innovator. Judith is stimulating and supporting other farmers with new ideas, leadership and personal development with special attention to mental health. She is currently working on creating a new mentoring program.

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