Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence


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2015 Regional Award Winner

 

Celmar Dairy Ltd.

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Marcel Steen and Deb Matthews, Deputy Premier and President of the Treasury Board

Marcel Steen and Deb Matthews, Deputy Premier and President of the Treasury Board

As a dairy farmer, Herman Steen stores a lot of forage for his herd. Shifting from bunker-style silos to tower silos helped automate that storage and cut down on the amount of spoilage. Filling the silos proved slow and cumbersome so Steen installed a custom-built, in-ground concrete pit that allows tandem wagons to discharge their cargo of forage in less than two minutes. From there, the forage is evenly transferred to a blower powered by a 200 horsepower electric motor, eliminating the need for another large tractor. The hydraulically driven two-stage conveyor system lets Steen fill multiple silos from one location and cuts fill time by 50 per cent. And because the silos get sealed sooner, the forage starts fermenting faster, improving the feed quality of the resulting silage for his animals.

 


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