A glimpse into the life of Romie 18 

This project serves as a visual timeline showing items that influence the lifetime of Romie 18. Containing important objects and products used on the farm, a biodynamic farm in Eindhoven and Romie 18’s home, it brings the viewer into the farm environment. As you pass through the timeline, you become more acquainted with the man-made materials built around the animal world.  In linear order from up to the bottom you are directed from the birth to the death of a dual purpose milk and beef producing cow.

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Birth record form

During the birth season, all new calves’ names are added to this form. Once complete new birth certificates can be generated using this information.

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Citopogeen

Contains natural liquid soap and essential oils. Used for disinfection around calf birth.


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Lubricant

A substance which supports vaginal or rectal explorations and obstetric procedures.


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Identity Card

Each cow is assigned an ID Card upon birth. This is the ID Card of Romie 18’s father, Leonard 2.

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Identity Card

ID Card of Romie 18’s mother, Romie 9.

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Identity Card

ID Card of Romie 18.

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Ear tag

A plastic tag with a unique number on it, attached to a cows ear for identification purposes.

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Tagger

A tool used to attach the ear tag to the cow’s ear.

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Tagging instructions

A sheet of paper containing descriptions of how to tag a cow.

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Romeo 3450’s hair

Cow hair and root. Extracted by pulling from around the ear area. Hair is used for DNA tests in order to trace the paternity of newborn calves.

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Shoulder length gloves

Disposable shoulder length gloves, used for artificial insemination, internal inspection and veterinary use.

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Afterbirth capsule

Homeopathic veterinary medicine inserted into the cow's vagina. Used to drift off afterbirth and to control as well as preventing inflammation.

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Feeding bottle

A feeding bottle used to feed milk to calves.

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Grain

Produced at Genneper Hoeve, this grain is used for animal feed at the farm.

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Flour

Grain is ground into powder to make flour. Flour and silage are mixed together to feed the cows.

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Concentrate

Biological cow feed which contains: Grain, Luzerne, minerals and vitamins.

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Straw

Bedding material used to create a surface for cows to lay on.

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Hay

Dry grass for animal feed.

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Silage

Fermented grass which also contains red clover, able to provide more protein to the cows.

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Mineral salt lick

A stone which cows can lick. Made of essential trace elements like magnesium, zinc, copper, iodine, and selenium.

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Milk filter sleeve

A filtration sleeve used to filter fresh cow milk as it is transported through the pipe into the storage container.

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Udder cream

An ointment used for keeping the teats of dairy cows in good condition.

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Tube plug

A device used to block a tube on the milking machine in case a cow has a defect udder.

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Nipple cannulas

Nipple cannulas keep the nipple channel open; ideal for promoting the recovery of inflammation, broken and damaged lock holes in the event of infections, injuries or operations.

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Teat Drain & Plug

The same function as the Nipple cannulas, it has extra function that allows milk to pass through a tiny hole while milking.

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Cow Support P-Away Bolus

A natural supplementary animal feed for dairy cows which supports metabolism, digestion and increases feed efficiency. Inserted into the cow's stomach, the effect lasts 2 days.


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Cow Support Plus Bolus

A natural mineral feed which supports resistance and regulates the immune system. Enhances a good start-up of the udder and uterus. Inserted into the cow's stomach, with a slow release time of 12 hours and has an effect of up to 10 days.


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Homeopathic remedy kit

A series of homeopathic medicine used to treat the cow.

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Traditional injection

A traditional device used to inject medicine into the cow.

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Injection

A device used for injecting medicine into the cow.

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Coffea medical product

Homeopathic medicine used to treat numerous illnesses. A stimulator for heart and blood circulation.

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Immulon medical product

Homeopathic medicine for the prevention of viral infections.

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Pyrogenium medical product

Homeopathic medicine for preventing udder infection.


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Lacto Phyt Plus

Lacto Phyt Plus dry-off Injectors is a homeopathic medicine that is used to prevent mastitis during the dry period.

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Mamil Phyt Plus

Mamil Phyt Plus is a homeopathic veterinary medicine used to treat udder inflammation in cattle.

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Udder Balm

A soothing balm against mastitis or other udder problems. It stimulates the blood flow.


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Klausan violet spray

A foot spray used for hoof, claw and navel care. It is 100% natural with antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.

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Cattle spray

A smell neutralising spray of exclusively natural materials used for insect prevention.

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Wound spray

A spray used for skin wounds.

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Leg marking tape (green)

Velcro strip indicators which can be attached to the injured leg for marking the cow so it is easier to recognise.

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Leg marking tape (yellow)

Velcro strip indicators which can be attached to the injured leg for marking the cow so it is easier to recognise.

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Marker pen (blue)

Used for making marks on animals. The colour remains visible for 4 weeks on cows.

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Marker pen (red)

Used for making marks on animals. The colour remains visible for 4 weeks on cows.

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Hand soap (humans)

A soap used for sterilizing the hands.

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Disposable hat

A hat worn for hygienic purposes when making cheese.


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Starter cultures

Starter culture added to milk to begin the fermentation process. Stored at -45°C.

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Rennet (vegetarian)

Enzymes used to separate milk into solid curds and whey.

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Cheese making mould

A mould used for cheese and made up of a container, sieve and lid. The curds are pressed into shape into this mould.

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Cheese coating glue

A thin glue layer applied to the outside surface for protection.

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Fermented Cheese

A minimum of 6 weeks is required for fully fermenting cheese.

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Slaughter certificate (for Romie 18’s sister Romie 13)

A slaughter certificate which accompanies the cow to the slaughterhouse. Can be used to track the food chain information like details of the cow, farmer and slaughterhouse

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Sausage

The end of a cow’s life at the meat product stage.