Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence


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2015 Regional Award Winner

 

S and K Agro Solutions

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MPP Lou Rinaldi, Kevin Wolters, Sarah Wolters and MPP Arthur Potts

MPP Lou Rinaldi, Kevin Wolters, Sarah Wolters and MPP Arthur Potts

Housing a group of calves creates tough choices. Indoor pens are expensive to build and hard to ventilate, while outdoor group pens can make for a damp and dirty environment. Kevin and Sarah Wolters found a clever middle ground with their calf canopy design. Using existing hutches, the open-air structure provides a covered area for calves to roam and socialize, while removable side shields and cloth panels control airflow and protect the animals and their feed from nasty weather. At cleaning time, a lever system allows each hutch to be raised and the entire shelter moved so a front-end loader can clear the area. The shelter has caught the attention of cow, sheep, goat, pig and hobby chicken farmers, and the Wolters are currently working with potential distributors.


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