ABC newspaper | «Cow comfort», cows that they sleep in beds and receive massages

For farming of Madrid they listen to classical music when they are milked, three times a day

Cows farm Arpon, a pioneer cattle industry both in the care and well-being of their animals

There are cows at livestock farms of Madrid who sleep in beds, receive massages and listen to classical music when they are milked three times a day.

The «cow comfort» or «well-being of dairy cow», is a recent, extended practice on some Spanish holdings, which Madrid Counselor of environment and planning, Ana Isabel Mariño, has known during her visit to the farm Priégola, in Villanueva del Pardillo.

There, 80 per cent of the cows has beds of water or felt and pillows, milking occurs three times a day with classical music and cubicles are equipped with massagers.

To prevent the temperature of the animals climb and detrimental to the quality of the milk, summer fans and sprinklers are used, and after each milking cows receive a shower.

Their 700 animals of the Friesian also have space to walk and not used factory feed.

Marino has said the community guarantees the high quality of the milk that is produced in the region and supports 86 Madrid farms which boast nearly 11,000 dairy cows, as reported by the regional government in a note.

«The dairy sector in the community of Madrid has been subjected to an intense process of restructuring, in such a way that innovation has become the unique formula of survival. The regional government works to make farms leading and highly specialized, both on-site and in the application of new technologies, breeding and animal health», said the counselor.

The Madrid Executive has allocated a total of 1.1 million euros in aid for the modernization of the dairy industry since 2007.

The Madrid dairy industry is the eighth of Spain by volume of sales and accounts for 6% of all milk that is sold in the country.

It occupies the ninth position in the agri-food sector Madrid by number of establishments and the fourth with respect to the number of occupied persons (1.639 workers).

Source: EFE / madrid day 14/04/2012 - 19.18 h

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Origin of products Simbioticos


Its discoverer Élie Metchnikoff received the Nobel Prize for medicine in 1908 for its beneficial effects on the human body

From the ancient Greece it is known that certain foods are good for health. As Hippocrates said in the 5th century BC: "Get your food be your medicine and your medicine be your food" this phrase happened to modern man by the maxim: "We are what we eat". The Greeks knew by experience that clotted milk was a good remedy for stomach ills, from liver or respiratory diseases. They believed that it was a "miracle" food.

The mongol Emperor Genghis Khan fed his host and "kumis", a kind of milk drink containing alcohol. And the nomadic populations of the Carpathians and the Caucasus used pouch of goatskin and transporting fresh milk; at the end the milk turned into a semi-solid mass, in contact with the bacteria that fermenting the milk to heat the skin bag. Empirically it was discovered that these foods are not damaged, knew well and were good for health; the scientific explanation is that the bacteria produce lactic acid from carbohydrates benefit the human being.

Over time the terms (of Arab origin) yogurt is emerged or 'milk Bulgarian'. Although yogurt is the most famous, there are other types of fermented milk drinks: "Mazum" (Armenia), "Kefir" (Russia) or "Masslo", in Iran. Today (BAL) lactic acid bacteria are very popular.

The official "discoverer" of living microorganisms beneficial to health was the Ukrainian microbiologist Élie Metchnikoff, who got the Nobel Prize in medicine in 1908 by discovering the mechanism of action of fermented milk (yoghurt, Bulgarian milk) and its beneficial effects on the human organism. Firstly, the researcher showed that fermentation of yogurt was possible by the action of bacteria (Lactobacilli) able to convert the milk sugar into lactic acid; the resulting substance prevented the development in the intestine of harmful microorganisms that arise after the breakdown of food. He managed to isolate in the laboratory at the "good bacteria".

And what was his field work? Studying the reason of longevity in Bulgaria. A not very developed country like this at the beginning of the 20th century had a relevant number of citizens who exceeded the hundred years... The reason, according to the Ukrainian microbiologist, was at the base of the diet: yogurt or Bulgarian milk. Thus, Metchnikoff became defender of the Hippocratic concept of the "dieta-medicina".


Cow Comfort in Arpon


Cow Comfort defines a series of techniques that are applied in livestock farms and which together promote well-being and tranquility of the animals. These practices which represent a considerable investment for the farmer, medium-term affect very positively the quality of milk - high content in fat and protein - and also increased production of litres. Comfort is an indispensable condition for the health of the cows and so that they can produce quality milk. As it could not be otherwise, Arpon all animals have space to walk.


Rubber or water beds

80 per cent of milking cows have beds of water or crushed rubber, these last ones also have pillows to rest your head. The remaining 20 per cent have traditional bedding. All beds are cleaned daily and over them a biological disinfectant is applied. The surface of the bed should be padded so that the knees of cows will not suffer to the lie. Both crushed rubber water beds comply with this condition.

Classical music during milking

Milking time is a delicate moment for the cows. For this reason, in Arpon cows listen to classical during this process since it promotes relaxation and his willingness to be milked. It is said that this technique is applied from the monks of Brittany in the 19th century, discovered that the cows gave more milk if they were milked during mass, as they heard the music that came from the choir of the Church.

Currently there are no scientific studies that support this theory but in Arpon are convinced that cows having auditory system, are sensitive to the strains of classical music.

Anti-stress acclimatization systems

Air circulation is very important for the respiration of the cows. An example of this can be seen in that both the cows and the horses are located in the countryside in places higher - which is where most circulates the air - when the temperature exceeds 15 degrees. The lands consist of a single roof high, oriented to the South and waterfall to the North, whose design is intended to produce shade in summer and to facilitate the entry of sunshine in winter. In addition, lack of side walls in order to favour the maximum circulation of air within them. When the roof is heated by solar radiation, his own inclination leads a stream of air which in summer allows sheds enjoy of 4 to 5 degrees Celsius colder than the outside.

Cattle, from the first day of life, perfectly withstands temperatures up to 20 degrees below zero, but begins to suffer if the temperature rises above 22 degrees centigrade. In summer, the fall in temperature produced by the flow of air from the sheepfold is not enough. For this reason, ARPON has installed sprinklers and fans in the areas of the feeding and sheds with beds.

Fans and the sprinklers are put in place when the temperature exceeds 22 degrees and will stop when it drops 20.

First, the sprinklers are set to operate for 20 seconds; then the fans run for 40 seconds, handing out water in suspension. This cycle is repeated way successive cooling cows during the time that they are eating.

The same system is used in prior to milking waiting room. Additionally, each cow receives a shower out of the room after the milking. These care aims to prevent the temperature of the cows to raise. Once this happens, it is very difficult to lower it if not cooling during the early morning hours.


The three fundamental pillars for a milk of the highest quality are the feeding of cows, their genetics and "Cow Comfort" measures.

These three elements are the factors determinants to make livestock healthy, produce milk quality and quantity.

Careful power

Arpon is a veterinary nutrologo whose mission is to establish the type of food for each animal according to the period of life in which it is - calves, heifers, cows newly paridas, cows pregnant, etc-. How to feed livestock, is decisive to be healthy animals and their high production.

Arpon also advises other farms and cooperatives in Spain, since the feeding system which we apply in our farm has proved to be very effective.

Animal genetics

For more than 20 years Priégola not he joined their livestock animals from other farms since these would be capable of introducing diseases unknown to our cabin. Thanks to advances in genetics and artificial insemination, the rearing of livestock is done with native animals.

All the cows are born and bred on the farm. In addition, the parents of their future offspring are selected among the best stallions in the world, according to its genetic improvement tested, morphology, production, content of proteins, etc.

Thanks to all these measures Arpon obtained the title of best livestock index genetic of Spain (for more than 200 cows breeding farms) in the years 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2012. This title is awarded by CONAFE, the national associations of Frisona Española Conferedracion.

Cow Comfort

As we have explained above, they are a series of animal, comfort measures as a whole, affect a better milk - content of fat and protein - and also an increase of its production.

Symbiotic products


You can access information more detailed about symbiotic products on our website specific symbiotic

Numerous scientific studies and clinical trials support the probiotics and Prebiotics which are involved in the elaboration of Priégola Simbiotic Drink and Simbi Omega 3 DHA to provide multiple benefits for health in relation to the pathologies that most later indicated, according to the selection of studies provided by Ch.Hansen A/S (Denmark) and Orafti (Belgium).

Arpon Simbiotic Drink 750ml

Due to specific properties of fermentation, it affects various functions related to the protection of the intestinal mucosa and repair.

-Reinforces the natural defences of the ogranismo
-It regulates the intestinal tract avoiding the estrenmiento
-Selectively stimulates the significant growth of bacteria that are beneficial to health.
-Inhibits undesirable bacteria.
-Dietary fibre soluble Synergy 1 - inulin and oligofructose - has a bifidogenic selective or prebiotic effect and also favors a significant increase in the absorption of calcium in the body.
-It contributes significantly to a balanced diet by increasing the fibre content, improving the diversity of the sources of fiber and its specific effects on physiological functions.
-As a result of scientific studies and clinical trials, it can be said that consistent evidence showing that probiotics, inulin, and oligofrtuctosa, together with probiotic bacteria (symbiotic effect), are anticancer activity there is.

Arpon Simbi Omega 3 DHA Light. Less than 0.3% fat.


Priégola Simbiotic Drink and Simbi Omega 3 DHA contains 5 types of micro-organisms able to live in perfect symbiosis in the human intestine.

1.Streptococcus thermophilus
Delbruecki subsp. 2.Lactobacillus. bulgaricus
3.Lactobacillus acidophilus LA-5
4.Lactobacillus casei 431
5.Bifidobacterium BB-12

Active probiotic enzymes that contain:
The Streptoccus STY-31 thermophilus and Lactobacillus bulgaricus are the organisms responsible for the fermentation of milk for the production of traditional yogurt. As it is known, the yogurt adds to the intestinal tract: stimulants of biological activity substances (peptides, free amino acids, minerals, vitamins and enzymes).
Lactic acid, which helps the conservation of the intestinal flora acidophilus, preparing the proper intestinal environment.

Prebiotic strains with health benefits in relation to the diseases listed, backed by clinical trials provided by Ch. Hansen.

Lactobacillus acidophilus LA-5: diarrhea, constipation, intestinal health, immunity, treatments with antibiotics, cancer, cholesterol side effects.

Lactobacillus casei 431: cancer

Bifidobacterium BB-12: diarrhea, constipation, intestinal health, side effects in treatments with antibiotics, immunity, colonization, survival in the bowel, cancer, cholesterol and skin disorders.

Soluble fiber Synergy 1(fibra alimentaria soluble inulina y oligofructosa): is the prebiotic component of Arpon SIMBIOTIC Drink and Simbi Omega 3 DHA that brings the following benefits to the organism:

Milk symbiotic ferementada with Omega 3 DHA and strawberry puree.

Due to specific properties of fermentation, it affects various functions related to the protection of the intestinal mucosa and repair.

-Selectively stimulates the significant growth of bacteria that are beneficial to health.
-Inhibits undesirable bacteria.
-Selective or prebiotic bifidogenic effect and also favors a significant increase in the absorption of calcium in the body.
-It contributes significantly to a balanced diet by increasing the fibre content, improving the diversity of the sources of fiber and its specific effects on physiological functions.
-As a result of scientific studies and clinical trials, it can be said that consistent evidence showing that probiotics, inulin, and oligofrtuctosa, together with probiotic bacteria (symbiotic effect), are anticancer activity there is.

A fundamental aspect in the development of Arpon SIMBIOTIC Drink are physico-chemical, bacteriological, nutritional and organoleptic changes occurring in the milk of departure.

Lactose, the natural sugar in milk, by effect of the intestinal lactases, is hydrolyzed partially into galactose and glucose, easily absorbable.

The fact that similar bacteria transform the lactose into lactic acid and CO2 is of fundamental importance, since ingestion of fermented milks allows a supply of milk lactose intolerant individuals.

Lactic acid production is the most beneficial effect of the fermentation of milk, since it promotes the proliferation of intestinal flora acidophilus.


Corn planting in Arpon

Planting of corn in Priégola during the month of August.

Super Simbi and DHA

Do you know our small great hero Super Simbi?

Super Simbi recommends that children take Simbis daily to improve the functional capacity of your view, your memory and your capacity for concentration.

The simbis contain a new ingredient called Omega 3 DHA-rich.

DHA is a fatty acid OMEGA 3 essential for our body. Since the human body cannot produce it, it is essential to bring the amount to our diet.

60% of our brain is made up of fat and DHA, and for this reason it is essential for the structural formation of the cells of our brain and the retina of the eye. It is therefore essential for the correct functioning of both bodies.

DHA is necessary for the proper functioning of our nervous system because the cells of the brain, eye, heart and other organs are connected through arms that carry electrical currents by sending messages throughout our body. DHA assures the optimal composition of these cells for more effective transmission of these signals. A diet low in DHA is correlated with loss of memory, pronounced oscillations of the emotional state and other mental and Visual problems.

It is also an indispensable component during pregnancy and lactation both for the mother and the fetus / baby. Maternal DHA levels fall dramatically during the last trimester of gestation is the period where most of the development of the brain, eye and nervous system of the fetus occurs. Diets for pregnant women should contain fatty acids DHA to meet your needs and of their babies. The rapid development of the brain takes place during the last 3 months of pregnancy and early childhood. There are studies that show that consumption of OMEGA 3 fatty acids, have a potentially important effect on young children, about their behaviour and ability to learn.

Omega 3 fatty acids can be obtained from fish but Arpon incorporates a fatty acid Omega 3 DHA extracted directly from marine algae, the source of where gets it-rich and assimilates the Bluefish.

Omega 3 fatty acids play an important role in the maintenance of cardiovascular health.

Milk fermented Laban

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This food was born as a response to the needs of an eminently pastoral society that had no way to conserve milk if this was not fermented. In this way, they modified intelligently processing in such a way that possible conservation at room temperature.

The Laban is simply milk subjected to a process of fermentation by high pasteurisation. Fermentation originating lower in lactose, making more digestible milk, at a time which preserves all its nutritional properties. Recent microbiological studies of fermenters strains in the traditional Lebanese Laban, show more than ninety different strains of lactic acid, being mostly Lactobacillus bacteria delbrueckii bulgaricus subspespecie and secondly Streptococcus thermophilus, by what the researchers conclude that the Laban is fermented milk nutritional values similar to yogurt (although with specific characteristics) and yoghurt-like texture.

Benefits include a greater digestibility which no milk fermented by their reduction in lactose (could be suitable for some people with mild intolerance to lactose as an alternative to milk lactose-free) and the added benefit of each individual's own intestinal flora regulation, modulating it towards an increase of the beneficial strains to the detriment of the pathogenic , while the intestinal transit would improve, combating constipation (in this sense would increase milk tolerance in people with this problem).

The importance in the habits of the Arab culture is so marked in its consumption, that about 70% of its milk production is intended precisely to the elaboration of the Laban in the societies of the Middle East. Mostly used profusely in the Lebanese and Syrian cuisine but its dominance has extended to all those Nations of Arab influence, and therefore, all countries that have migrated these peoples, giving the option to other cultures, to know its wonderful and healthy digestive and nutritional properties.[/av_one_full]

Magazine table. The Balneario de las Vacas. Towards a Premium milk.

Magazine table (wine, gastronomy and trends) in his publication of March 2012 makes a report in Arpon.


Livestock Arpon | Best Spanish exploitation by ICO 2012

Livestock Arpon receives the diploma of "best Spanish exploitation by ICO (index combined Genetics)" granted by CONAFE, Confederation of associations of Frisona Española.