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Rabo Participaties as new investor

JOZ continues global growth with Rabo Participaties as new investor

 

The digitisation and automation of livestock stables is a global growth market. JOZ responds to this trend by supplying high-quality and innovative manure robots, manure scrapers and feed pusher robots, mainly for dairy farmers. The robots replace scarce labour and create significant cost benefits, enabling farms to scale up more quickly. The current market penetration of JOZ products offers scope for international growth and the ambition is to accelerate this growth by tapping into new markets and launching new and innovative products. Rabo Participaties will join as majority shareholder to help us achieve this. JOZ will be taking the next step together with new CEO Arend Kuperus and the incumbent management team, using Rabobank's market knowledge and extensive network in the Food & Agri industry. 

 

JOZ, established in Westwoud, is a family-run business with over 70 years of experience in stable automation. The company produces manure robots, manure scrapers and feed pusher robots that offer farms cost-effective benefits. The company is active all over the world through an extensive dealer network.

 

Quote Arend Kuperus (CEO):

"We are very enthusiastic about this combination, a new milestone for JOZ. Rabo Participaties will enable JOZ to gain momentum in its objective to grow and develop new systems. Moreover, Rabobank's knowledge and global network will enable us to roll out high-grade technology to our partners in agriculture more quickly. As JOZ, we are looking forward to this cooperative venture with confidence.”

 

Quote Thijs Friederich (Executive Director Rabo Participaties):

“JOZ is a great manufacturing company active in a growth market, with enormous potential to consolidate its market position and increase its product penetration. The company is a perfect fit for Rabobank's Banking for Food and innovation agenda. We are greatly looking forward to working with management and current shareholders to further the company's growth in coming years, both autonomously and by means of take-overs.”

Rabobank participaties

Rabo Participaties

Rabo Participaties is part of the Rabobank Groep. Rabobank's investment division currently administers approximately EUR 1 billion in the form of (international) funds and direct interests. Rabo Participaties takes direct interests in high-growth Dutch companies that are looking for a partner to realise further development and/or the transfer of shareholding. Rabo Participaties does this by means of minority as well as majority interests, where a partnership with businesses is paramount. The successful completion of this transaction extends the portfolio to 14 companies from different sectors.

 

New CEO

As of 1 February 2019, Arend Kuperus is the new CEO of JOZ B.V. in Westwoud. He succeeds Rick Elling, who held this position for more than 13 years. Under the expertise of Arend Kuperus, JOZ expects to create new opportunities, accelerate international growth and strengthen its current position in the market.

 

The Elling brothers' vision

Over the past thirteen years, we have been able to achieve sustainable growth in our company. We have introduced new products in line with demand from our dealers and customers: robots and scrapers that provide comfort in the life of farmers and livestock, by making heavy work redundant and by turning the barn into an animal-friendly (natural) place. 

 

After a period of considerable effort, it is once again time to take the next step, a new strategy that requires the appointment of a new CEO. Rick and Rob Elling are pleased to announce that they have appointed Arend Kuperus as the new CEO. He will play an important role in launching a new strategy that will take us to a higher level and help us achieve our goals. Kuperus brings more than 30 years of experience in the Food & Agri, having served in different leading roles all over the world. As a result of this change, Rick Elling will be moving to a role in which he splits time between sales, customers and product.

Arend Kuperus
Arend Kuperus

Bringing Arend Kuperus on board is another milestone for JOZ. We aim to redefine agriculture through the use of technology.

 

Arend Kuperus was welcomed to Westwoud on 1 February 2019. The Ellings are confident that this cooperation will help make the plans for the future a reality.

 

Higher feeding rates by using a feed pusher

Dairy Farmer Martin Hekkert uses the JOZ feed pusher for several months now and is already seeing results. Particularly, the effects of pushing several times, like 11 or 12 times a day! Every two hours the cows receive fresh feed. Could you image doing that all by yourself?

Q&A with our CEO

Innovative Feedpushers Designed by JOZ are Taking the US Dairy Market by Storm. This is an interview with Rick Elling from JOZ, a Dutch-based company that specializes in slurry handling and feedpushing equipment, done by:

Myria S. van Raemdonck
Commercial Officer at Consulate-General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Q A with our CEO JOZ feed pusher

 

Rick Elling, CEO at JOZ
Rick Elling. CEO at JOZ

Q: JOZ specializes in Slurry handling. What exactly does this mean?

A: It means we design, manufacture, and sell products that clean stables and barns. Our slogan is that we are “the Home of the Clean Stable.” JOZ was founded by Jan Oostwouder more than 70 years ago. It all started when he designed a system that automated the removal of slurry, bringing an end to the labor intensive activity of manually mucking out stables. Today, our products can be found all over the world.

 

Q: So does that mean you are already selling your products in the U.S?

A: It does. We have been exporting our products to North America for 17 years now, although we have been more active in Canada than in the U.S. Until recently, the U.S. was not a country that had our focus. Not because of a lack of interest, but because we simply did not have the manpower to effectively service the market. However, with the recent addition of several U.S. sales representatives and the opening of a branch office in the U.S. – JOZ-USA Inc. – this is about to change.

 

Q: Do you specialize solely in the removal of slurry or do you also sell other products?

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"Now I know there is always feed in front of the cows"

The 645 kg robotic feed pusher handles both the early morning job and the late feed push at Stursbøl Østergaard farm.

JOZ Moov Peter Timmerman Denmark

JOZ Moov at work pushing at a steady six metres per minute so that there is always feed in front of the cows. 

Text and photos: Claus Solhøj

 

As the robot handles the final feed push of the day, it is the peace of mind along with the feeling of freedom, especially in the evening, that Peter Timmermann emphasises when describing the benefits of letting a robot take care of pushing feed for the 400 high-yield dairy cows on his farm at Stursbøl Østergaard. “Now I know there is always feed in front of the cows and this lifts some of the pressure off my shoulders,” he explains while the farm’s JOZ Moov finishes pushing feed on one side of the stable and pulls out into the middle of the passage to return to the charging station before the next feed push. Both Peter Timmermann and his employees on the farm are particularly pleased that the one-metre-high robotic feed pusher, which weighs 645 kg, is able to handle the early feed push at 03:30 before morning milking and the late 22:00 feed push during the day’s final inspection. “Now I just take the bike and whiz around the barns for a few minutes in the evening, if there is nothing else to do,” Peter Timmermann says.

  

The heaviest robot on the market
At Stursbøl Østergaard farm, which has always fed twice and pushed in four times a day, a number of the advantages typically seen with robotic feeders – such as a more peaceful stable, a steadier environment in the rumen, better feed utilisation and often also an increase in yield – have not been so pronounced.

 

These gains derive from our understanding of the effect of always ensuring that there is feed in front of the cows and can be calculated at farm level based on the individual farm’s specific prerequisites in a detailed spreadsheet so that the repayment period can be determined.

At Stursbøl Østergaard farm this figure is almost 2.5 years, but in other instances it can be as short as eight to ten months in the event of livestock with little feed pushing and/or lower yield than Peter Timmermann’s 11,000 kg ECM annual yield from a cow.

 

"The most important thing for me is the security that there is always feed in front of the cows. But I also think that our loading machine will last for a couple more years when it no longer needs to be started and stopped cold during feeding."

 

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