Swedish dairy company DeLaval has a long history of supplying high quality equipment to the farming and processing sectors worldwide. Growth has taken the company to sales of Euro 965 millions in the most recent financial year. M²-magazine spoke to Charlotte Hallen Sandgren of DeLaval about the aims and aspirations of the company.
Charlotte Hallen Sandgren (Dairy Development Director DeLaval) is a veterinarian by training with a PhD in the area of mastitis and has previously been engaged in research within the animal welfare area. Her position at DeLaval is Dairy Development Director and she has responsibilities for scientific networks and research collaborations. She acts as internal consultant on biology, physiology and health questions among other things. In this role she contributes to the Research and Innovation group in DeLaval.
– What is the current vision for DeLaval company?
Charlotte Hallen Sandgren: “Our vision is to make sustainable food production possible. The vision is supported by four pillars: animal welfare, environment, farm profitability and social responsibility. We sell solutions and services that improve our customers’ performance. We understand that it is about doing more with less. We believe in supporting the farmers to increase productivity from each cow, with less waste and a reduced environmental footprint. Many of our current solutions assist in this as they can help detect diseases, such as mastitis as well as provide data for a farmer on how best to handle the herd. To pick another quite different example we recently launched a new liner, the DeLaval Clover liner which, due to its unique shape, increases milk yield and helps to reduce the somatic cell count in a herd. As you can see, when it comes to farm management, it is not so much about single, separate products but more about offering integrated solutions.”
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