Harvesting and silage from barley



Taking advantage of good weather in the past week, we started to harvest and store 1,200,000 kg of forage barley. This forage harvested at its optimum ripeness and properly stored will be the basis of feeding our cows during the next 6 months.

Green barley is a nutritivito, easy to digest and appetising food for cows. It has been cultivated for Arpon in the region of Medina del Campo, where the quality of their crops is famous for its specialisation in forage for dairy cattle.

The process of stored is quick and easy. Forage is harvested directly in trucks that once filled target Arpon where the product is stored (ensile) quickly. For the stored we use a system of silage in bags of plastic called "Ag-Bag". This system, imported from the United States, is natural, effective and profitable for our exploitation due to multiple factors

  • It promotes better conservation of the forage.
  • It allows harvest forage at its optimum ripeness and keep it several months.
  • It boosts your energy value thanks to a fermentation process for the digestion of ruminants.
  • The retrieved fodder is appealing for the cows (so they don't lost the appetite with heat).

Next week, again when the weather will begin to harvest and store our own crop of barley, which we have cultivated in our Las Barrancas (150 hectares) farm 6 kilometers from Arpon facilities... and then... comenzaermos to cultivate corn.

Cultivate the field and store their products properly is just as important as the correct feeding of livestock. Thanks to Arpon agricultural and ranching tradition, we have been doing this work for over 50 years.

Drinking milk increases intelligence

Source: BusinessWeek - 16/01/2013

That is the conclusion we could go that according to an article published in the journal 'Practical Neurology', which ensures that the vitamin D that contains milk increases brain activity. They endorse his desmotrando thesis that countries that consume more dairy products accumulate highest number of award-winning a Nobel.

[foto de la noticia]

Research published last year in the journal of 'New England of Medicine' recorded a strong association between the consumption of chocolate of a nation and the obtaining of the Nobel Prize, speculating that the content of flavonoids in chocolate was behind the increase in brain capacity.

The authors thought that as the chocolate is often combined with milk, it could be the amount of dairy products that are consumed per capita related to success in these awards.
Thus, the Organization 2007 data were analyzed for food and agriculture in the per capita consumption of milk in 22 countries, as well as the information provided by the author of the theory of chocolate and a significant association was found.

Sweden is the country more Nobel prizes, with 33 among its 10 million inhabitants, and although some might argue that it is logical because it is home to the Organising Committee of the awards, is that it is both the country where the largest quantity of milk is consumed per head of the population, with 340 kg each year. The second, Switzerland, with 32 Awards, records an intake of 300 kg milk per year.

At the other end of the scale, China has the lowest number of Nobel Laureates in its population, as well as lower consumption of milk of the countries studied, with around 25 kg per year. According to the researchers, there is a plausible biological explanation for all this: the milk is rich in vitamin D, which can increase the power of the brain.

"So that to improve their chances of winning Nobel prizes not only must eat more chocolate, but perhaps also drink enough milk," conclude the authors, from the Department of Neurology of the Gloucester Royal Hospital, in United Kingdom, which highlight the conflicts of interest, including a tendency to drink milk with cereals and coffee and eat chocolate whenever the opportunity arises

Arpon and Food Bank

Today comes the third van that we donate 1000 litres of "Cream fresh Arpon" charity "Bank of food in Madrid" organization... Any contribution is important, however small that is, so that with the help of everyone, we leave as soon as possible of this situation.

Food Bank





And we continue with delivery on the farm

Arpon Nore Petereslund I and Nore Peterslund II. Twin birth of calves born yesterday by the Swedish Red race night.

And this is the father of creatures... the Peterslund Bull.




Japan in Arpon, Villanueva del Pardillo

Americanoooooooos, come to Spain's huge and sanoooos
Long live the tronioooooo and live a town with poderioooooo
OLE Virginia and Michigan
And live Texas which is bad, is bad.

You receive Americans with joy
OLE ole, my mother my mother-in-law and ole my aunt
Americanoooooooos, come to Spain's huge and sanoooos
OLE ole, my mother my mother-in-law and ole mi tiaaaaaa.

In the purest style Pepe Isbert at Berlanga film "Welcome Mr. Marshall", have received Arpon in the visit of a group of 40 strangers who, instead of coming from the United States, came from Japan.



Although it sounds far-fetched, this group of farmers, farmers and ranchers Japanese has traveled from far away to see first hand the techniques of animal welfare and the real benefits of these practices. You have explained it everything - God thank you came with translator-... If the cow has to be relaxed, that if the water beds, that if fans, as if the music during milking, etc... and certainly nothing surprised.

We have found that their culture and respect for animals is comparable to their interest to learn and discover values in simple harmony with animal welfare guidelines.

To our surprise, at the end of the visit have given us coasters and Japanese fans and have left us above all, "a taste of visit".

Visit Japanese in Arpon


Pink... They have been twins!

We are at the height of Arpon births and the family grows... We must remember that all the cows in our farm are mostly pregnant, newly paridas or in phase of pregnancy. Why give so much milk!

Arpon there are an average of 1.8 births diaries a year but in recent months the average is increased because we are in the era of the "paridera" which is usually in the months of September, October and November.

When there are so many pregnant animals it is difficult to know at all times that cow can put labor. Therefore all cows have a kind of Watch called "pedometer" on its rear leg, counting the number of steps the cow walking per day and that sets a daily average of activity for each animal on the farm. If cow walk too and the pedometer recorded an increase in their activity, that cow has to be examined by a veterinarian to know soon whether to give birth or are nervous for some other reason. Technological advances are useful for things as natural as birth.

Just 20 minutes ago "Arpon rose Burt", a cow for 3 years, has given birth of twins. As the image is so beautiful we wanted to share it with you. Madrid is a very urban city, but very close to nature.

Arpon rose Burt

Arpon rose Burt



Consumption of local products. All are advantages

If you are 30 years or older and live in Spain, perhaps remember those times in which the milkman was going to the door of your House to sell you milk. Perhaps you remember the smell of fresh milk and the large amount of cream which had. You may also remember how your mother put it to boil before drinking it to kill the "bugs" that could contain milk.

Now the story has changed a lot. Although the previous paragraph may sound very romantic, there are now many more controls and systems that ensure milk to come to our House in perfect condition.


10 reasons to eat local foods


A euro spent on user-friendly products generated twice for the local economy. In today's complicated economic circumstances we are aware that this philosophy of consumption benefits us all.


A fresh product will always be more healthy to the body than a product requiring preservatives, freezing or stabilizers to extend their period of consumption.

In addition, the products transported over large distances may have been weeks frozen. Milk transport over long distances is only made with sterilized milk / UHT lasting several months without the need for cold storage.


Pasteurized fresh milk has the same flavor milk which in the past was consumed in the villages, which are boiled before consumption and which mentioned at the beginning of this article.

UHT milk, have been subjected to a higher temperature, suffers more transformations (degraded some compounds and form that can change the odor, taste and color of milk). The most common of these is the caramelization of lactose.

In fruit and vegetables, a product harvested at their peak of ripeness has much more flavor than one prematurely collected by conditions of transport.


Products made in their region or traditionally gathered near his village have fewer products to conserve them and additives.

In the case of fresh milk contains no obviously any preservative or additive. It is 100% fresh pasteurized milk.


Media that carry products from far away cause high emissions of CO2.


Eat seasonal products that are healthier to consume local products automatically. In addition, seasonal products are more economical.


It is always more comforting to sit to eat knowing where they come from products you eat. Knowing the milkman, Baker, farmer, etc. and knowing how they work.

In the case of Priégola, we only elaborate products with milk from our own livestock in Villanueva del Pardillo. It is obtained from a single herd, milk a single location. Milk leaves the udder and goes directly to tank storage and pasteurization.

We do not carry milk coming from hundreds of kilometers for processing because in this process can cause many problems that decrease the level of fitness of milk for use. (Mixture of air, fragmentation of red blood cells, microbiological imbalances).

In the end, we get an exceptional taste of fresh and natural milk we produce with the same technique of pasteurization, for more than 50 years.


A farmer who produces industrially can dedicate to produce a wide range of products.


80% of the products are distributed in Spain by few companies that impose the final prices, produced and. Support small farmers used to fight against this.


With decent income, local producers will remain and will use its resources to generating wealth and employment for their community.

Priegola, famous Madrid milk milk

Blog of gastronomy "Market Calabajio" make a report about Priégola products.

The truth is that in Madrid we cannot complain of the large amount of livestock farms in the periphery of the capital... for the little green is right?, Yes, and it is a marvel. Arpon milk is one of the first milk of our region, one of the pioneers of the distribution of fresh milk door to door throughout our community. The company has survived the urban Empire (although there is a need to transfer), and of course the countless crisis in the sector, which have been many and hard. Also today Arpon is one of the best-known Madrid fresh milks outside our territory, it has already entered into many families and is used by many restaurateurs, among other things because it is pretty accessible and quality per is... Read more

Arpon... the milk...! What milk!

If manufacture a quality product satisfaction, more rewarding is the recognition, by our customers.

We want to share with you some testimony of greeting our customers that have made us reach via Email.



The benefits of the fresh milk

Excellent source of protein, vitamins and minerals essential for staying healthy each day.

Calcium - to build and maintain bones and teeth strong, it is vital in the functioning of the nervous system, muscle contraction, and blood clotting; In addition, to help promote the loss of weight and body fat.

Match - which together with calcium helps keep bones strong and healthy.

Potassium - to maintain blood pressure, contraction and relaxation of muscles, and regulates the balance of body fluids.

Protein - is vital for various functions of the body, the development and differentiation of the cells, muscles, hair, and nails healthy, including maintaining.

Riboflavin and niacin - to hydrate the skin.  Both help the cells of the body in the production of energy and have an important role in the development of the nervous system.

Vitamin A - it helps to regulate the immune system, and to maintain healthy vision and skin.

Vitamin B12 - to maintain the health of the red blood cells, as well as promote the growth and development of all the cells in the body.

Vitamin D - it promotes the absorption of calcium and the healthy development of bones and teeth