Water supply / Water conservation:
The Camphill dairy is currently only utilized to half of its production capacity. A higher degree of utilization requires a rise in the volume of milk delivery, which itself depends on the number of cows and the quality and size of the available grazing land. The restricting factor here is the irrigation water supply. Improving this situation is the objective of the project “Water Rays” for which RoH has obtained funding from the German Government’s Bundesministerium für Wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung (BMZ). To counter the latent water shortage a new borehole was sunk, a submergible pump with the associated distribution piping was installed and 14 ha of additional grazing land were processed and fenced.
As part of the BMZ sponsored project a number of measures – targeting a more efficient use of water resources – were implemented. They include for instance the installation of water meters in each of the care houses, re-use of grey water, water-stop devices in the showers and a water-use awareness training of the residents.
Funds provided by Schmitz Stiftungen were used to prepare additional 4 ha of grazing land (including fertilizer, irrigation and fencing) as well as the purchase of 10 Jersey milk cows to bring the total count of the herd to 60.