Healthy calves are the basis of good breeding. It goes well at Henricus Hoeve in Beneden-Leeuwen (Gld.). The ladies look beautiful and in excellent health. About 1.5 years ago, there were digestive problems – structural diarrhea – in calves. That changed from the moment fermentation was applied to the company. Since then, diarrhea is a thing of the past and the calves continue to grow well and healthy.
“We were able to set the clock to the fact that each calf had diarrhea at 12 days of age,” says Hanneke de Vries-Hoefnagel of Henricus Hoeve. “Good breeding has always been the spearhead within our company. Both for my parents and for myself. So we looked for a solution to diarrhea to improve the health and growth of the animals. Together with our specialist from Reudink, Robert van Dorst, we looked at breeding and nutrition. He also came up with the idea for fermentation.”
Hanneke with her children Daan (6 years old) and Lieke (4). Her husband Wouter also helps with the company.
Prevent digestive problems through fermentation
Optimum nutrition is important for animal health, and specifically for calves, to approach the weaning period without being left behind. If digestive issues such as diarrhea occur, a fermentation application can offer a solution. “We introduced Reudink RS Health fermentation product to the family. An easy-to-apply product that does not affect the taste of milk but gives a boost to the intestinal flora which enhances digestion. It turned out that this was a good move. “Diarrhea is gone in the calves,” says Robert Van Dorst, organic dairy specialist at Reudink.
Reudink RS Health: for animal health and optimum growth
Reudink RS Health is made with lactic acid bacteria that replace coliform bacteria in the gut. Then the lactic acid bacteria convert glucose into lactic acid. Lactic acid enhances digestion and has a beneficial effect on gut health. Applying fermentation to your animals, with or without digestive issues, brings the following benefits.
Reudink RS Health takes care of Good use of feed, easy to apply and can be given without restrictions, promotes digestion and prevents digestive problems such as diarrhea, has a beneficial effect on intestinal health and overall resistance and ensures the health of healthy calves that continue to grow well and enter the weaning period without problems.
Fermentation is easy to apply
“The product is very easy to apply. Once the calf is born, it is fed colostrum on the first day. On the second and third days, the calf receives the fermentation solution as an addition to the colostrum / milk. For this we heat the raw milk of a cow or Bain Marie to 40 degrees. We melt 1 jar From Reudink RS Health in 1 liter of water We add 2 ml of the fermentation mixture per 2 liters of milk We give this to the calf 3 times a day for two days. From the fourth day, the calf is fed raw milk without any additives. There is no smell or taste Characteristic for the product, which means that the calves’ milk intake has remained constant.It is important that the calf has had enough colostrum on the first day.
We first tried this in April 2021. Since then we have had no more diarrhea! Calves also grow well until the weaning period, which results in fit cows. Animals become more active after the first birth and begin to grow without delay. I would definitely recommend it to other cultivators with similar problems.”
Want to learn more about fermentation?
For dairy farmers who want to improve the health and growth of their animals or who may also suffer from digestive issues like diarrhea on an organic dairy farm, fermentation is probably the solution. They can contact their specialist or Reudink customer service. They can tell them all about fermentation and how dairy farmers can apply it on their own farms. Reudink also works closely with fermentation specialist Dr. Ronald Schulten (Dr. Verm).
Henricus Hoeve is an organic care farm in Hanneke and her parents are Henk and Marijke Hoefnagel. The company’s farm branch has been organic since 2000. There is a modern, free-range barn with 50 Red-Holstein dairy cows and some small cattle. They grow 4 hectares of wheat for their concentrated farming and have 5 hectares of forest to capture the CO2 and where the bedding comes as ground cover for the barn. With solar panels and the closed cycle, the focus is on sustainability.
There is also a care branch with room for day activities, especially for seniors who need assistance. In addition, the family will start a third branch in the form of childcare. They also want to switch to A2A2 milk production. A type of easily digestible milk for people who cannot tolerate cow’s milk. This combination makes it a unique company that is seen as an example in the region, and also in the context of corporate social responsibility.
“I am happy and proud of the diversity in my work. Mix of farm, care and soon childcare. Freedom to allow business and take care of the best possible in a small part of the Netherlands. Consciously working with nature, soil, animals and plants. I am so proud of what we created with my parents and that Wouter and Wouter We will now start with a third branch,” says Hanneke.