Pigs in Walsberg provide space for insects and day activities for people with dementia

Much will soon change at the pig farm at Vuchtvenweg 5 in Deurne, if it is up to the owners. The pigs will make room for an insect farm, arable farming and day activities for people with dementia.

Due to developments in the agricultural sector and future provincial requirements, the promoters wish to end their pig herd. They will do this by participating in the grant scheme for the rehabilitation of pig farms (SRV) and by relocating the location.

Daytime activities
In the new set-up of the company in Walsberg, the owners want to focus on caring activities such as daytime activities and agricultural activities such as breeding insects, arable farming, livestock keeping and an agricultural technical assistance company.

Barn is about to be demolished
For this purpose, the pigsties with a total area of ​​2,985 m2 will be demolished, and 2,085 m2 of new industrial buildings will be constructed for agricultural activities. The caring activities are located at the residence in a new building with a view of the animal meadow, where visitors to the daycare can gather safely and in quiet surroundings.

insect farm
An insect farm will be built in the new buildings, where mealworms will be produced. This happens via a so-called complete Meeltor (Tenebrio Molitor) culture. The complete reproduction process of the mealworm takes place on the farm itself.

Circular agriculture plays an increasingly important role in Dutch agriculture. Here, among other things, the origin of the proteins plays an important role, and insects are rich in these proteins and other nutrients. In addition, the promoters state in their plans that producing insects is less harmful to the environment because insects emit fewer greenhouse gases and require less water and food than conventional livestock. The insects feed on food scraps from the human food industry.

The owners of the future mixed farming believe that the demand for insects will continue to grow in the coming years, as in June 2021 the European Parliament approved the use of insect meal for use in animal feed for pigs and chickens. The use of insect meal was already allowed in pet food and in fish farming. Therefore, the owners have also successfully completed a training course in commercial insect breeding.

Added value
In addition to the farming activities that will continue unchanged on the Vuchtvenweg, there will be horses, sheep and cattle. The animals are not only intended for production purposes, but according to the owners also create added value for the care concept. Caring for and dealing with animals can strengthen the sense of responsibility and the sense of ‘belonging’ to those who need care. There will be 15 lactating cows, 15 breeding steers, 20 sheep, 10 adult horses and 10 ponies

Increasing demand
In addition to the agricultural activities, the initiators want to create a caring sideline. They have noticed that there is an increasing demand for daytime activities by the (demented) elderly and that there is insufficient supply.

Fifteen years of experience
The day activities in the plan can help to combat loneliness for those requiring care. In addition, it relieves the local environment and involved caregiving parties, because the care is taken from your hands for a period of time. Some examples of daytime activities in the new company are: cooking together, playing billiards, looking after the cattle. One of the owners has fifteen years of experience working with elderly people with dementia.

25 people
A new building is being fitted out for the activities, including a kitchen, lounge and dining room, billiards room, relaxation room, office and sanitary facilities. There is a maximum of 25 people excluding supervision. The initiators will take care of the caring activity in collaboration with several carers.

Photo: Roba Consulting

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