Hartog: your partner in the food chain
Healthy and productive dairy animals don’t fall from the sky. It is essential that their daily ration is suited to their needs. By choosing lucerne and dried grass from Hartog you are opting for natural dry feed with all the qualities of the fresh product thanks to its rapid conservation. Top quality assured by complete process quality control: from sowing to distribution to the end user. Hartog keeps the entire process in the company’s hands. It stands to reason that more and more agricultural companies choose Hartog as a reliable parner in controlled products.
In the growing of green feed, Hartog works closely with a number of carefully selected contract growers. These are mainly arable farmers who work the heavy, calcium rich clay in the polders around the IJsselmeer lake. They grow nothing but the types of crops selected by Hartog. Such as lucerne, that after a few years can develop a deep taproot going down to around three metres. This intensive rooting means that lucerne is rich in vitamins, minerals and trace elements.
Harvested with our own machines
At Hartog we harvest the feed ourselves. Which means we can reap at the right time and are less dependent on such factors as the weather forecast. Hartog uses a 10-metre wide reaper followed immediately by the forage cutter. The feed can be chopped finely so that cows and goats cannot drag the roughage through the gratings. Container trucks then transport the green feed to the factory. Transport takes little time because Hartog always grows the feed close to the factory. In this way we keep the time between reaping and drying as short as possible.
Completely controlled drying process
Hartog dries the green feed in two large, computer controlled drying drums, with a total capacity of 90 tons of water evaporation per hour. This guarantees a rapid drying process so that all the benefits of the product, such as the fine taste and the authentic odour, is retained. Germs have no chance: the temperature treatment means that our products are absolutely free of sources of disease such as TB and salmonella. Once the feed has been dried it is pressed into bales weighing approximately 500 kg and measuring 1.20 x 1.10 x 1.10 metres. The bales are submitted to a final strict check. Only bales that meet Hartog’s strict quality requirements are given a unique number and placed in storage.
Delivery? You decide how, where and when
Hartog delivers all its products twelve months per year at any address required. And… in any shape you could wish for: bales or cakes, bagged or loose. All it takes to set it up is a single phone call to Hartog – and it's as simple as this.
Useful tips: our truck always carries a forklift with it so that the bales of grass and lucerne can be placed indoors.