On Monday, November 20, a group of 130 dairy farmers from seven countries and Alltech team members began a unique farm tour to Germany, the Netherlands, France and Ireland.
The tour kicked off in Berlin, Germany with a welcome reception which also featured guest speaker Dr. Markus Fahlbusch from University of Göttingen, Germany, entitled: “Outlook for Global Dairy Markets”.
The Alltech Euro Tour showcased the innovations and technologies being adopted in each country and provided a networking opportunity for farmers to discuss and share ideas about the future of dairy production.
Starting in Berlin, Germany, and finishing at Alltech’s European Bioscience Centre in Dunboyne, Ireland, dairy farmers from across Europe, including France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Ireland and Switzerland visited farms with herd sizes ranging from 120 to 3,600 dairy cows.
The host farms were carefully selected and included a farm in Germany that is developing its own brand of milk and a French farm specialising in genetics. In addition to farm tours and knowledge-sharing, participants on the Alltech Euro Tour also enjoyed a host of social, cultural and sight-seeing delights at each stop on the tour.
“Alltech is delighted to bring together this group on a farm tour with a difference! We’re travelling over 2,500km in just four days to see seven contrasting farms, each showcasing their own systems and approaches,” said Julien Martin, Regional Director, North-West Europe, Alltech.