Bernd Sandker runs the hog feeding and cropping farm together with his father Bernard Sandker. They keep 100 sows and 600 fattening pigs in a closed system. In addition, they cultivate about 70 hectares of arable land and do contract work for neighboring farms. On their own land, they mainly grow barley, wheat, rye and corn.
"Nah" was Bernd Sandker's first incredulous reaction when Maren Diersing-Espenhorst, editor-in-chief of LAND & FORST, broke the good news to the farmer. "Everyone thinks his straw is hay and the other man's hay is straw" was the lucky sentence. For the main prize in the 2020 aerial photo competition of LAND & FORST magazine, the farmer had to recognize various places in Lower Saxony (Germany) on aerial photos and send in the correct solution phrase. It took quite a while before he could really believe his luck, because the prize came at the best time. An older tractor was about to be replaced, so the joy over the new Fendt 314 Vario was enormous.
"The Fendt 314 Vario is a perfect fit for this farm. In the future, it will be used primarily for maintenance work on the farm itself as well as for contracting," says Fendt Business Manager Ludger Schröder, who is delighted with the Sandker family's win. "A compact, maneuverable tractor is just right for these areas. And with Fendt DynamicPerformance, the top model in the Fendt 300 Vario series can provide up to 152 hp of power and thus also pull the slurry tanker."
In addition to hog feeding and crop farming, the farmer also relies on photovoltaics. This is a good addition, especially in view of the fluctuating pig prices.
About the aerial photo contest
Since 1984, readers of Land & Forst can guess once a year which places in Lower Saxony are shown in the aerial photographs. The winner is then drawn by lot from the correct entries for the solution set. This year Fendt once again provided the main prize, a Fendt 314 Vario.