Simon Magnussen runs a 64-hectare grassland farm in Efkebüll, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. The young farmer currently milks 74 VikingJersey cows, but the herd is slowly expanding, with new heifer calves staying on the farm.
There are talks of expanding the herd to 150 cows, but there are no concrete plans just yet. Simon is slowly growing the herd and seeing how things develop. The reason for this cautious approach is as simple as it is special: Simon started farming only four years ago – in 2019!
The farm originally belonged to his grandparents, where they milked about 80 Holsteins. But, over the years, there were problems with the succession, as none of their children wanted to take over the farm. Simon's parents also rejected it and continued to earn their bread outside of farming.
However, Simon had shown great interest in the cows since childhood. He helped a lot and often on the farm, and everyone could see the glimmer in his eyes while doing so. That is why Simon’s grandparents decided not to sell the farm and leased the land until he was old enough. Additionally, the machines were carefully mothballed to give him an easy start in farming once the time came.