Number of cows: 92 (Holstein and Red Holstein cattle)
with an annual yield of 9.200 kg
Area of Holding: 115 ha
Fodders used: grass silage, maize silage, hay, concentrated feed
The Sonnenhaldenhof farm of the Gr√ľter family is situated in the Swiss village of St. Urban. Apart from dairy farming, the sale of fruit and juices as well as an own restaurant are among the pillars of the business.
Fodder mixing vehicles have been used on the Sonnenhaldenhof farm since 1998 as stable-feeding is practisedall the year round - which is untypical of Switzerland. ‚ÄěHere, a balanced ration goes along with an improvedpicking-up of the fodder and an increased efficiency resulting therefrom‚Äú, manager Thomas Gr√ľter explains.
In 2003, the horizontal mixer used so far was replaced by a Strautmann mixing vehicle. ‚ÄěThe Verti-Mix 1200Double convinced us during a presentation by its perfect functioning‚Äú, Gr√ľter continues. ‚ÄěIt is much easier tomaintain, requires less power and mixes quickly while preventing the fodder from being damaged. This is particularlyimportant in today‚Äės feeding of ruminants: mixing quality & protection of fodder. Furthermore, it is extremelycompact with its height of only 2.26 m thus perfectly fitting into my business.‚Äú