Netherlands Management Profiles

Annechien Ten Have Mellema – Chairman
Annechien Ten Have Mellema

Annechien ten Have farms in partnership with her husband Menno and her son Detmer on a farm in Beerta in the north of the Netherlands. The farm consists of pig farming, arable farming and the fermentation of manure to produce energy.

They want to have more focus on the demands of the consumers and want to bring back the delicious taste of pork from the past back to the consumer.

The new future for their farm is integrated sustainable agriculture. Scaling up in combination with the highest standards for animal welfare and the environment will be their future.

Their aim is to make smart use of technology to improve the welfare of the pigs and to reduce emissions. Her study is: 'The value chain of pig meat. How can we produce in special market concept: Challenges and threats?'

Annechien works on the farm since 1993. She was the chairman of the pig branch of the Dutch Farmers Union LTO Nederland for eight years and she was vice president of the Product Board of Livestock and Meat (PVE).

Presently, Annechien is Vice Chair of Royal Dutch Sport Horse (KWPN), member of the supervisory board of COMORE and chairman of the Dutch project to end castration of piglets.

DJÛKE VAN DER MAAT – Director

Djûke van der Maat is a 4th generation farmer growing apples, pears, plumbs, cherries and she is the first Dutch kiwi fruit grower. The farm also includes a farm shop, education, forestry, a maize maze, a horse livery and beef cattle.

A few years after graduating at Wageningen University, Djûke started her trading company, buying high quality fruit from selected growers. She stimulates farmers in growing their fruit in an integrated way and sells it under a certification scheme to retail and food services.

Farming in a densely populated area (10 million people within a 60 km radius), Djûke is highly interested in farmer-consumer relations. She is involved in several initiatives stimulating local produce, local farmers cooperating and and she is board member of the Dutch Young Multi-Functional Farmers Organisation Djûke was recognised as being top three agricultural entrepreneur of The Netherlands and received the European Innovation Prize for Women Farmers. Being awarded with a Nuffield Scholarship in 2011 herself, Djûke is now Director of Nuffield Netherlands.

Henk Smith – Treasurer

Henk Smith is farming in the north of the Netherlands were he mainly grows winter wheat and sugerbeet . Agricultural nature conservation is a part of his way of farming as well as grassland that is farmed organically.

Previously working in the agricultural financial sector, besides his work at the farm Henk is also an active board member for several organizations. Henk is board member of the national farmers union for the north of The Netherlands and chairman of the Agricultural Nature Conservation Groups in his province.

His 2011 Nuffield Scholarship strengthened Henk in his understanding of the value of knowledge. Much can be achieved by connecting international knowhow to local problems. Farmer to farmer communication brings simple answers to complex issues.

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