You will be staying with the Langeveldt family in Groesbeek. Their main source of income is from dairy farming but they also run a mini campsite. De Hoge Hof Dairy farm has been a family-run business for close to 500 years. Since 1880 the business has been passed from father to son, with the fifth generation now in charge (Daan). The dairy farm is interwoven with the mini campsite. The Langeveldt family is always there for you and will share some of the ins and outs of their business with you. If you are interested in Operation Veritable and the Horrocks Tree please read more below!
The business has approximately 130 dairy cows and 60 head of young cattle. The vast majority of the cows are black and white Holsteiners. Each cow gives approximately 9500 litres of milk per year. In the summer, the cows graze freely in the meadow. The dairy cows and young cattle are kept in two modern stables. Feel free to take a look at the stables and discover how a real dairy farm works. You will be amazed at what is involved! If you have always wanted to milk a cow or feed a calf you will have the opportunity to do so at ‘De Hoge Hof‘.
Cow Grooming Workshop
Our cows give about 9500 litres of milk a year. A cow starts to produce milk immediately after it gives birth to a calf and continues to do so for about 300 days. The cow is then ‘dry’ for roughly 8 weeks before calving again. This is when the cow no longer produces milk. The process starts all over again as soon as the cow has calved. The average age of the cows on our farm is about 5 years. On average a cow has one calf per year. Did you know that a cow can live up to 25 years?
The campsite & history
The campsite has a unique location with a magnificent view over Groesbeek, some German villages and woodlands. It is definitely worth taking a look. The same applies to the centuries-old sweet chestnut trees next to the farm. These five giants are worth a picture! One of these trees was made famous by Operation Veritable, as this is where General Horrocks had a vantage point. Operation Veritable was the largest operation of the Second World War on the Western Front. This story is part of the Liberation Route. The Liberation Route runs from Normandy to Berlin and is marked by listening stones which tell the story of the place in which they are located (also by means of a QR code). Listening stone number 36 is located at De Hoge Hof Campsite.
Horrocks tree at De Hoge Hof Mini Campsite