Sano Agrar Institute
Future-Orientated Research and Development
The Sano Agrar Institute is a certified Practical Facility. We develop innovative and easy to use products and concepts to assist in the everyday life and performance of the animals. Together with scientists and practitioners from across the world as well as our years of experience in the area of research and development, we have acquired a wealth of agricultural knowledge. We are able to use this knowledge to assist us in resolving our current and future challenges in the agricultural industry and help us shape the market to stand out as an innovative and proactive leader!
The Sano Agrar Institute is a fully equipped agricultural holding with a land area of 2000 hectares where 1500 dairy cows with offspring can be found. This model operation for farmers shows examples of how to implement the Sano Concept in a successful way.
- Innovative - Sano products are constantly being tested and improved. Ideas for new and improved products, processes and feeding technologies are being obtained directly from the institute, allowing our customers to profit from this new information.
- Holistic - The Sano Agrar Institute develops and checks various products and solutions for animal nutrition. A core element is the holistic view on feed products, technical solutions, services and resources that enable healthy growth of the animals.
- Successful – Our Successful and persuasive products establish themselves within the global market allowing us to demonstrate our ability as a global market leader in the Modern Animal Nutrition Sector. Farmers from more than 35 countries trust that we will provide them with only the best products and services in order to assist them in achieving economic success. With eight production sites as well as more than 35 distribution sites and international agencies, Sano is a name you can trust!
Calf Rearing Farm
It all starts with calf development because only strong and healthy calves will be able to develop into high producing cows. At the Sano Agrar Institute calf rearing starts in individual cubicles containing 3 buckets, which are filled with milk replacer, water and feed. During extreme weather conditions the calves are protected by a tent hall. After the first few months the calves are reared in groups in a spacious modern barn where they get used to the Total Mixed Rations (TMR). Investing in heifers is vital because they will determine the quality of the herd in a few years time. Here at the Sano Agrar Institute heifers receive only high quality feed and are housed under the best conditions. Thanks to good feed management and excellent rearing conditions the heifers reach a weight of 380 kg at only 13 months and become ready for service. In order to select the optimal timing of estrus, heifers are fitted with heat detection devices that measure their walking, resting and standing activity.
The dairy farm has about 1200 dairy cows, producing up to 12 000 kg's of milk. Automatic cow brushes care for the cows body and enhance the cows well-being. These Brushes not only make them feel good but also prevent parasites from attaching and contribute to increased milk production. Plenty of light, fresh air, water, high quality feed and concentrates guarantee success in the Sano Agrar Institute livestock farming. At the Institute we are especially proud of our dry cow barn which is made up of a wide feed alley and wide passage ways for the cows to walk. The spacious and comfortable calving pens are in a quiet and 24 hour Video monitored location with a constant supply of fresh water. Dry cows need special care and a calm environment because we understand that the sucess of a cow's lactation starts on the day she is dried off. Within the first hour of calving the calves receive high quality colostrum, containing all the necessary antibodies to guarantee optimal health and maximum protection, to follow, the cow then receives BoviFit immediately after calving.
Modern Crop Production
We grow 1.744 ha of maize, sugar beet, cereals, winter rape as well as 300 ha of special kinds of grass that are particulary suitable for use in silage for cows and heifers. The grass harvest as well as the maize harvest is both fully mechanized, as a result, different varieties of maize can be produced within a few days at different ripening times.
For feeding we use Santrak - a self-propelled feed mixer wagon, produced at Mayer Maschinenbaugesellschaft mbH in Tittmoning. The Wagon weighs, mixes, dispenses and transports the feed to the cows. A Compact construction, maneuverable three-point chassis, high performance silage cutter and an economic turbo diesel engine are the main features of this self-propelled wagon which is efficient, time-saving and provides an excellent feed structure overall.