From very early on in my life I had contact with veal calves. My parents had a veal farm and when I began working, I did this in combination with working on the farm. In the early 1990's I took over my parents farm and now I operate it as a partnership with my wife Annemarie. You will find my wife daily in the barns helping with caring for the calves. Annemarie and I have three children; Sharon (2002), Jasper (2004) and Fleur (2007).
In 1997 we switched over to Peter's Farm. We now have 4 areas devoted to the system with a total of 300 calves. The system met our requirements of animal welfare. The calves have the freedom to choose where they want to go, when and how much they want to eat. Because of that that barns are very peaceful. To be honest, in the beginning it was difficult. Getting used to a new system is always a challenge and then also having to learn how to manage the computer gave us some extra work. But now things are running smoothly and it appears that the calves enjoy their new freedom. The calves are always my first priority but when I have some spare time I like to play billiards.
Peter' Farm calves live in herds. This animal-friendly housingsystem gives the calves the freedom to choose for themselves whether they wish to walk, stand, lie down, play or sleep. In the stables there are skippy-balls to play with and brushes ro rub against. When a calf enters a feed station, it is recognised by the computer because of a chip each calf has in its ear tag. The calf can decide for itself when and how much it wishes to eat. In this way each calf is able to build its own biorythm. All information is stored in the computer, so we can see precisely how much each calf ate. The calves get both milk as roughage muesli. We are proud of the Dutch Society for the Protection of Animal (De Dierenbescherming) has given us the better life mark.
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Better Life Farmer Rob Foks is proud that he raises his calves under the better life mark of the Dutch Society for the Protection of Animals (De Nederlandse Dierenbescherming). In addition, he tries to make his company more and more sustainable.
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