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Sandur on the Faroe Islands

Ready for Potato Day!

A visit to Jonhild and Ottar Hentzé in Sandur, on the south coast of the Faroe Island Sandoy, where an A2 Rain­star ensures a timely veg­etable harvest.

Ottar Hentzé and his wife Jonhild are the seventh gen­er­a­tion to operate the family crop and dairy farm. With 20 dairy cows, more than 170 sheep, over 2,000 hectares of moun­tain­ous pasture as well as another 10 hectares for veg­eta­bles such as carrots, pota­toes, cabbage and turnips, their farm is one of the largest on the archipelago.

The average annual pre­cip­i­ta­tion ranges between 1,200 and 1,800 mm, in extreme years as much as 3,000 mm. “But most of the rain falls in the winter and never at the right time for the veg­eta­bles,” explains Ottar. Most of the veg­eta­bles are sold on the annual “Potato Day”. This is a market in autumn at which people from the entire island stock up on veg­eta­bles and meat for the winter. The A2, which Ottar pur­chased last winter at a trade fair in Denmark, irri­gates with water from the nearby hill; the pipeline sup­plies it direct­ly to the farm at +7 bar pres­sure. “The A2 must remain con­tin­u­ous­ly in oper­a­tion to guar­an­tee an optimal harvest,” explains Ottar while sitting on the tractor.

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Reli­able and compact

The machine has to run on its own

Scene change, turnip field: Under Jonhild’s super­vi­sion, six stu­dents metic­u­lous­ly free the plants of weeds. It is arduous work that can only be done man­u­al­ly, but it’s also a good oppor­tu­ni­ty for the young people to earn some money in the summer.
While he milks the cows in the evening, Ottar speaks of the dif­fi­cult con­di­tions for farmers on the Faroe Islands. The small farms are still managed very tra­di­tion­al­ly, which means a large amount of manual labor and long work days. This also makes it dif­fi­cult to find workers. But despite the hard­ships, Ottar is an enthu­si­as­tic farmer: “It’s our life, and we like it this way. We would­n’t trade it for any­thing else in the world,” he exclaims.
“Why did we decide on the Bauer A2? We need a compact, reli­able and easy-to-operate machine with minimal main­te­nance require­ments. We have to focus on the cul­ti­va­tion and the plants. The machine has to run on its own.”
Ottar Hentzé