With the theme “Dairy is the future” the official opening of Dairy Campus, a cooperation project of Wageningen University and various partners, took place from 26th to 28th of May in Leeuwarden, Netherlands. With the combination of stalls with educational, research and innovative functions and extensive reception facilities the Dairy Campus is a very unique project. During the open days, it was possible to enter the stables, visit knowledge sessions and meet interesting people from the dairy network. Dairy Campus is made possible by a number of premium partners, including GEA which supplied the AutoRotor PerFormer, a milking carrousel suited for 40 cows, and barn equipment.
Furthermore, Wageningen UR Livestock Research and GEA officially confirmed their 3-year cooperation contract during a press conference on the 26th of May.
Dairy Campus: the Silicon Valley for the Dairy Industry
Dairy Campus is a Dutch Development Park where all the parties in the milk and dairy chain come together. This unique location has been created on the former site of Nij Bosma Zathe. Boasting 500 dairy cattle, more than 300 hectares of land, training and conference facilities, Dairy Campus is an inspiring meeting place for anyone involved in the dairy sector. Concentrated in one center they share knowledge, experience and opportunities. Research results can be quickly applied in practice and integrated directly into education.
Inspiring 3-day program
On the 26th and 27th of May entrepreneurs from the dairy industry and dairy farmers had ample opportunity to get into contact with each other. During those 2 days Dairy Campus together with researchers from Wageningen UR Livestock Research and other knowledge institutions organized inspiring meetings. Visitors were challenged to talk and think about future developments in the dairy industry. On Saturday, there was an open house for farmers and general public to visit and experience Dairy Campus.
The Dutch dairy sector is continually searching for the most sustainable and efficient ways of producing dairy products. Dairy Campus has set up an Innovation Fund to promote innovations. A large number of companies, research, education and knowledge institutions, governments and interest groups are part of the network of Dairy Campus. Together with these organizations, the innovation center is working on sustainable dairy farming.