Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence


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2009 Regional Award Winner

 

Cranston Farms – Ancaster

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Ted McMeekin, MPP for Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale, Joan Cranston and Doug Cranston

Ted McMeekin, MPP for Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale, Joan Cranston and Doug Cranston

When Doug and Joan Cranston wanted to expand their dairy herd, they put in place an innovation that is saving money and energy, protecting the environment and increasing their cows’ comfort all at the same time.  First, they built a new compost pack barn that is the first of its kind, which can be used not only to house cattle, but also as a manure storage and compost facility.  Then, they began using construction by-products including reclaimed drywall crumbles and plywood shavings as bedding for the cows.  The system has proved popular – the bedding is cheaper, can be sold to other farmers and reduces health problems in the cattle. The Cranstons have noted improvements in milk quality and quantity and labour efficiencies. They have shown the system to many interested students, farmers and companies from across Canada and around the world. 

 


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