DeLaval has a long heritage and history

Swedish Heritage and Innovation

Hamra is mentioned for the first time in written documents around the close of the 13th century. At that time it was owned by a relative of St Bridget of Sweden. 

Hamra is a place rich with Viking heritage and Swedish innovation. The land on which it is situated is sprinkled with traces from the Viking Age (793 AD to 1066 AD) and it is possible to make out Viking graves and rune inscriptions. On a small hill behind the Big Barn visitors can admire a beautiful original rune stone from the 11th century.

One of the oldest buildings on the property today is the Manor House. It was originally built in the 17th century and in 1765, a new manor house was erected on the foundation of the old. Today DeLaval uses this building as a conference facility.

Hamra Farm was acquired by our founder Gustaf de Laval in 1894.  He was an entrepreneur and innovator (37 companies; 92 Swedish patents) and bought the farm to have somewhere to test his new products. He wanted his farm to produce the best milk available as well as provide knowledge to his customers and is responsible for opening an environmental school on the property.

Other interesting historical buildings at Hamra are:

Soltorp (affectionately known as “The Yellow House”). It was built by the manager of the old dairy in 1903 and now hosts Hamra Farm’s Manager. 

Restaurant Mässen offers great meals and is highly appreciated not only by DeLaval employees but also by people in the area. Mässen is the old dairy of Hamra. 

Hamra Conference Centre (HCC) and was an agricultural school between 1946 to 1964, and for several years an industrial school. Today we host many conferences and trainings here, and HCC can also offer accommodation.

At the historical Manor House, board meetings and group management meetings take place. 

Hamra Farm was purchased in 1894 to "carry out studies of milk production" and to make Hamra a modern agricultural holding with first-class livestock. See a film clip of Hamra Farm in the early 1900's. How much has changed this then!