Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence

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2010 Regional Award Winner


Duizer Farms - Brant County

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Arie, Lisa, Sara, Ryan and Jesse Duizer and Ted McMeekin

Arie, Lisa, Sara, Ryan and Jesse Duizer and Ted McMeekin, MPP, Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale

Milk is flowing more smoothly at Duizer Farms thanks to its innovative robotic dairy barn design. By bringing together different features from several barn designs, it enables a single producer to manage a milking herd of up to 120 cows. The investment has paid dividends in labour savings and improved herd health. Features such as a central handling facility and specialized gating allows for quick, easy sorting of cows and application of routine treatments, which has resulted in improved animal health and productivity. The barn's design has both of the milking robots face the same direction, so cows don't need to be retrained if moved to another group. And perimeter feeding provides for cow stalls that are shaded and out of the rain, which improves cow comfort. If you build it, they will come. Not only are the cows coming home, more than 1,000 dairy producers from around the world have come to visit this innovative barn.

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