Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence


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2017 Regional Award Winner

 

Par-Chier Farms Ltd., Huron County

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Jim Parish, Sylvia Parish, David Passchier, Kirsten Passchier, Hon Deb Matthews, MPP

Jim Parish, Sylvia Parish, David Passchier, Kirsten Passchier, Hon Deb Matthews, MPP

When you've got a thousand goats to milk, efficiency matters. So in 2015, the operators of Par-Chier Farms travelled to Holland to check out various approaches to dairy goat management. Based on that research, they chose a rotary parlour that incorporates both feeding and milking into a time-saving system. The 80-stall facility makes it possible to milk 800 goats per hour. Each animal wears a scanner that stores easy to access information about its specific dietary needs and tracks when the goat is due for breeding and hoof-trimming. Before Par-Chier installed the computerized equipment, their goats were producing 3.2 litres of milk per day. Today, production has increased to four litres per goat each day, with a planned expansion to 1,200 animals.


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