Originally, the Vonk family is an farmersfamily from Veenendaal living on the Vendel Farm (now an restaurant) but have spread across the country ever since. Our familybranch situated back in the municipal Beuningen via Groesbeek, Overasselt, Beuningen and the Ooy. The historical farms, formerly inhabited by the Vonk family, still exist today, though most of them lost their agricultural activities.
The history of the current Researchcentre originates in Beuningen, with the parents of the current owner. In the early 60’s Cor en Bep Vonk-Diepeveen started an fleshcalves-farm. At that moment a new branch within the agricultural sector. Besides the fleshcalves young livestock was breed. There was a livestock trading branch for the trading of calves from Luxemburg and slaughtripe fleshcalves were purchased for the slaughthouse NVC in Winterswijk.
In the 70’s we also put a own brand of milkpouder, called COVO, on the market. It was produced by the firm Huis in ‘t Veld from Groenlo. With this step a complete package was created for a livestockholder, from calf delivery to sales of the meat. With the early passing away of Cor Vonk, 46 years old, because of an illness, the tradingactivities were put to an halt. The farm had to be sold to make room for a new district, but despite that, Bep Vonk-Diepeveen picked up the activities with her son Erik (then 14 years old). They started a new and modern farm in 1983 in Winssen. As a widow with a schoolgoing son she build an fleshcalffarm. Besides that there are also some agricultural activities and livestock and sheep are being held.
In the 50’s the dairyfarms rised and introduced the keeping of fleshcalvesfor meatproduction. Because of the dairy needs many farmers started large scale dairyfarms to deliver milk to the factories.
For a cow to deliver milk she has to give birth to a calf every year. Half of these calves are female and can replace or extend the dairy farm. The other half are male (bulls) and are mostly obsolete for the dairy farm. These obsolete bulls were given a new destination, the fleshcalves. No unneccisarily calves are produced!