FARM LIFE NEWS
Jim Patrico Progressive Farmer Senior Editor
Tue Dec 4, 2012 12:50 PM CST

Biogas is changing the way Heinz Josef Kappelhoff runs his farming operation.

Ten years ago, he was a dairyman who grew his own forages and did a good side business as a custom cutter in the Munsterland region of north Germany. He still milks 130 cows—a healthy-sized herd in an area where 30 to 50 cows is typical. But his custom work (called contracting in Germany) has exploded, especially in the last five years. He now harvests grains and forages for 400 to 500 customers in a 50-kilometer radius that takes him into nearby Holland. Much of the forage he ...

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