Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence

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2014 Regional Award Winner


Heeg Dairy

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Photo of MPP Liz Sandals, Anita and Satsy Heeg

MPP Liz Sandals, Anita and Satsy Heeg

Sytse and Anita Heeg don't have any hired hands to run their 110-milking-cow operation. However, they do have help: an on-farm automated milk sampling system. They'll tell you it's worth every penny. Installed in 2011, the system can identify potential udder infections, metabolic problems and reproductive disorders, as well as determine the best time for artificial insemination. As a result, the Heegs can detect and treat conditions before clinical signs of illness, speeding up recovery. They can also ensure their cows are pregnant and producing sooner. A year after installing the system, the Heegs have saved nearly $36,000 in vet bills, medications and insemination costs.

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