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Some 96,000 Danes get down on the farm

Denmark’s Open Farm Day attracted almpost 100,000 visitors to 64 farms across the country. The organisers, the Danish Agriculture and Food Council, are delighted that so many people want to see what happens behind the farm gate.

Tractor tires and hay bales, calves, chickens and pigs proved to be highly popular with the crowds who flocked to the Danish countryside in mid-September.

Commenting on the event’s success, Martin Merrild, Chairman of the Danish Agriculture and Food Council, said:

“I’m delighted that so many people came, and I’m very proud of the tremendous work that the farmers, their families and the many volunteers put into this event.”

Mr Merrild visited some of the 64 open farms, including Frijsenborg Gods with Danish MP Carsten Bach and Go-Gris I/S near Horsens, with Denmark’s Employment Minister Troels Lund Poulsen. The latter is owned by pig producer Jonas Würtz:

“It’s a good life being a pig here. The temperature is always pleasant whether it’s winter or summer – that’s taken care of by our air-conditioning system,” said Jonas Würtz. “I’m proud to show our animals, particularly to people who live in cities who probably have never visited a pig farm before. When they see for themselves how the animals live, it’s easier to explain why we do what we do. I’m enormously proud of our production, of the pigs we supply to the slaughterhouses and of our dedicated workforce.”

The Employment Minister was also impressed by Go-Gris’s facilities.

“It’s inspiring to see modern agriculture at work and to see that a new generation is prepared to enter the agricultural profession. And it’s good that the industry tries to do all it can to make itself transparent by inviting members of the public on to farms,” said Mr Lund Poulsen.

The next Open Farm day is planned for 16 September 2018.

The Danish Veterinary and Food Administration have drawn up the following hygiene standards for visitors to a Danish pig farm:

  • You must have been in Denmark for 48 hours prior to visiting a pig farm;
  • No contact with other pigs in the previous 24 hours;
  • Wash and disinfect your hands before and after your visit;
  • Put on overalls and boots before entering the unit;
  • You can touch the pigs, but not kiss them;
  • Avoid touching your face when you’re in the unit
  • Take off your overalls and boots after visiting the unit. Leave them at the farm;
  • Leave your dog at home;
  • Wear practical clothes.