Location: Hjerm in northwest Denmark
Type of farm: Conventional livestock and organic crop farm (850 ha)
Main production: Broiler chickens, welfare pigs, mealworms, horse beans, rapeseed, grasses and cereals, biogas, energy from wind turbines.
International jury motivation: “Kristian and Maria want their farm to be sustainable and future-proof, and for this reason they work in all fields of environment, including climate, energy and nutrient management. They show that large-scale farming can also be sustainable through diversification, modernization, and technology. Organic crop production, animal husbandry, biogas plant for processing all agricultural residues, forestry, green energy, and engaging with the consumers all contribute to bridging the gap between agricultural business and nature conservation. The jury also acknowledges and applauds the forward momentum and continuous development of the farm, including future plans to switch to free-range chicken production, participation in research projects, and the construction of a wetland”. Key practices: Agricultural residue processed in biogas plant, buffer zones, catch crops, constructed catchment ponds, cover crops, crop rotation, fertiliser accounting and nutrient management plans, preservation of forest and other natural elements, processing of all agricultural residues in biogas plant.