Accompanied by Russian and Dutch representatives from Barenbrug, the group of journalists visited two dairy farms and a dairy processing company. During the event there were expert talks from Nick van Eekeren of Louis Bolk Institute, representatives of the participating companies and an official from the Government Institute for Grass and Legumes.
The program focused on the importance of soil quality for agriculture, how to manage this and the important role that grass can play in managing soil. Healthy soil will improve the yield of plants. This also has an effect on the nutrients in the plants, water regulation and biodiversity. It showed that permanent grassland improves the organic matter in the soil more than permanent arable land. Temporary grassland and arable land have more or less the same effect on Soil Organic Matter. Grassland, both permanent and temporary, have a far better effect on the number of earthworms in the soil.
The clear message was: look more often under the grass sward! Every farmer should dig a hole once in a while.