HoSt is to supply Microferm manure-to-biomethane installations to two Dutch dairy farmers who have the ambition to profitably produce energy from manure via the Jumpstart cooperative of dairy company and founder FrieslandCampina. The contracts are signed, which means another step closer to biomethane production and a climate-neutral development of the dairy sector.
The Stokman family from Koudum, province Friesland and the Haarman family from Blokzijl, province Overijssel are the entrepreneurs who have chosen for HoSt manure biogas plants through the Jumpstart program: an exceptional opportunity to produce renewable energy from manure on a small scale. A number of more fellow dairy farmers already preceded them. It is the second and third Microferm biomethane installation that HoSt will turn-key supply as part of the Jumpstart initiative.
Sales manager of HoSt biogas Sjaak Klein Gunnewiek is more than satisfied:
“It is a good thing that a follow-up of the first Jumpstart projects is now happening. A manure-to-biomethane project on this small scale is feasible and profitable thanks to the proven techniques of HoSt and the Jumpstart organization”.
Innovative dairy company
How to ensure a better dairy company concerning animal welfare, nature and environment? For the Stokman family, this is a key agenda item. For example, the family company is conducting food additives experiments to reduce methane emissions. In addition, the cows have the freedom to choose when they go outside or stay indoors. The cows graze in the meadows that are maintained fully ecologically. Sustainable pasture management ensures a herb-rich grassland around the meadows and fields, which in turn ensures successful grassland bird management. The pinnacle of entertainment for the Stokman’s cows: climbing the playing hill and bathing in the unique ‘JaKoeZie’ (‘koe’ means cow in Dutch), a large outdoor variant on the jacuzzi.