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  • Wim Govaerts

    After completing his Master's degree in Agricultural Sciences, Wim Govaerts founded a consultancy firm specializing in technical and business-economic advice for companies involved in milk-producing ruminants. Within Farmdesk, alongside his role on the board, he serves as an agricultural expert, combining extensive theoretical knowledge with practical experience.


Carbon footprint reduction on a Flemish dairy farm: is 30% possible?

The answer is yes - where the road to it on a typical dairy farm will consist of a combination of measures. It will also have a reasonable impact on farm management, but not necessarily with a negative economic impact.
Jef Aernouts, Lode Slaets, Willem Govaerts, Wim Govaerts

Nice reflection of the growing season in the 2023 grass (clover) silages

The cold spring, the dry June month and the growing autumn are standouts of the 2023 grass season. On average, nice grass silage was won with excellent quality.
Daya Will, Wim Govaerts

A late-started 2023 corn season still resulted in good quality

The 2023 corn season brought challenges, mainly due to a very wet and cool spring. Fortunately, the growing weather during the (after) summer brought relief. Overall, the quality of silage corn was high.
Daya Will, Wim Govaerts

Carbon footprint of Flemish milk - case study with Farmdesk Climate

The dairy industry has ambitious climate goals by 2030. We believe dairy farmers need to be involved in the story and that in addition to greenhouse gas emissions, the economic impact needs to be monitored. Farmdesk Climate is the solution.
Jef Aernouts, Lode Slaets, Willem Govaerts, Wim Govaerts

How do milk prices affect cows and dairy farmers?

In this analysis, we examine the effect of milk price on milk production and feed profits. In addition, we discuss some concerns in the current climate of relatively lower milk prices.
Jef Aernouts, Wim Govaerts

Updated standards for young stock

Given the trend toward intensification, we at Farmdesk chose to adjust feed standards for young cattle for rapid growth and early calving.
Wim Govaerts

Increase protein efficiency for higher feed profits

In recent years, there has been increasing concern about nitrogen issues in the dairy industry. When you talk about nitrogen, you talk about protein. What do we learn from the Farmdesk data regarding protein efficiency and ration protein content
Wim Govaerts

Does climate change require a new corn strategy in the lowlands?

Should the early seeding opportunity as in crop year 2022 and the observed drought be the harbinger of a trend, it may be interesting to choose pure dent varieties for certain plots.
Wim Govaerts

Farmdesk ration calculation - some changes

From now on you will also find NDF, ADL, Resistant Starch and DS percentage in the typical Farmdesk ration graph. In this article a motivation (why?) and more background (how? and what?) to this update.
Jef Aernouts, Wim Govaerts

Special grass (clover) silage after a hot and dry summer in 2022

What can we learn from the 2022 grass silage analyses? We see in Farmdesk that the drought and heat made them special silages. Different from 2021 and somewhat similar to 2020.
Wim Govaerts, Lode Slaets

Remarkable cut corn after a hot and dry summer

The feeding season with the new cut corn has already started on many farms. The quality is highly variable. What can we learn from the 2022 cut corn compared to 2020 and 2021?
Wim Govaerts, Lode Slaets

Harvesting corn in the 2022 growing season

Now that the weather is getting back to growing a bit in many places, it seems important to start making choices regarding the 2022 corn harvest. On a lot of farms, corn harvest may start as early as this month.
Wim Govaerts