Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence

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2010 Regional Award Winner


Hoenhorst Farms Ltd. - Oxford County

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Maria Van Bommel, Margriet and Gerrit Wensink

Maria Van Bommel, Margriet and Gerrit Wensink

The owners of Hoenhorst Farms have created the equivalent of a spa for dairy cows. They've integrated leading-edge technologies to make their cows more comfortable. And 320 happy cows means more milk. High sidewalls were installed, with lots of fans and sprinklers to provide a pleasant interior climate. Cows rest on water mattresses and a quick-fill, fold-out footbath system has been designed to accommodate weekly foot bathing without interrupting the traffic to the six robotic milkers housed in the middle of the dairy barn for easy access by cows and staff. Even robotic manure scrapers help keep the environment clean. And recipes for daily feed mixing are sent to the mixer wagon from the barn's office computer, improving accuracy and tracking of daily feed intake. Thousands of visitors have come to see this innovative farm, now home to the largest robotically milked herd in Ontario.

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