Netherlands-based Schothorst Feed Research is planning €9M of facilities improvements through 2012. Plans include two research farms to be put into production in 2010 and an expansion of swine facilities in 2012.
The new research farms include a laying hen facility and a dairy cow facility. The hen facility, which goes into production in the second half of 2010, is based on the aviary system to comply with European regulations going into effect in 2012. It will include two separate stables, each with 40 different animal groups of 330 hens, to enable statistical nutrition studies. The new dairy cow facility will launch with 220 lactating cows, doubling the company’s research capacity, and will have the capacity for 340 cows.
SFR has contracts with the compounding feed industries and its suppliers in 14 countries.