In 1982, because of his knowledge and experience in the area of animal nutrition in general (both within the Netherlands and elsewhere), Gerrit de Weerd B.Sc. became involved in the development of a dog food that was to serve as a neutral test food in research into the quality of the various makes of dog food that were then on the market. A pressed pellet was developed on the basis of Dutch beef which is fit for human consumption, without any additives such as colourings, aromas, antioxidants etc.
The starting point was that the food needed to be suitable for dogs of all ages and conditions. In so doing the simple fact was referred back to that in the wild all members of the dog family, from puppy to senior, eat as much as they need of the same food source, based on the prey that is available at the time.
When the test was finished in 1984, after 2 years, it emerged that a number of breeders wished to be able to continue using the neutral ‘all life stage’ food, because of its excellent results. For this reason the decision was made to put the neutral test food on the market on a small scale, under the name of Farm Food HE.
Word of mouth recommendation has led to continual growth since 1984. The composition of the food has remained essentially unchanged and the positive reactions keep on coming right up to today. The most striking and very frequent reaction is that older dogs whose diet is switched to Farm Food appear to enjoy a second youth, and that ages far beyond ten years are generally reached.
Naturally Farm Food HE has improved over the years, both from our point of view and a scientific point of view, however we have never lost sight of the original philosophy of “one type of food for all dogs of all ages and circumstances”.