Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence

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2017 Regional Award Winner


Spring Knoll Dairy Inc., Hagersville

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Kim Heeg, MPP Kathryn McGarry and Stanley Heeg

Kim Heeg, MPP Kathryn McGarry and Stanley Heeg

Before getting into the dairy business, Stanley Heeg toured existing farms to see what cost effective and efficient technologies and design options were available. The homework paid off. Today, his 50-cow dairy operation can be effectively managed by just two employees, thanks to a sophisticated robotic milking system. The high-tech equipment records milking times, milk volume and cow activity, making it easier to manage the herd. Flexible plastic stalls and feed fronts lead to improved comfort for cows. The barn is also energy-efficient, thanks to features like LED lights that operate on scheduled timers, variable-speed fans and automated manure-cleaning systems. Today, the optimized operation averages 3.2 daily milkings, producing 34 kilograms of high-quality milk per cow each day.

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