Moo-ving on: Household’s dairy farming legacy superior by know-how

AV Farms, whose mum or dad firm is Innisfil’s Hewitt Creek Farms, makes use of robotic agricultural practices that help in milking, feeding and making a hygienic surroundings

AV Farms is bringing a brand new twist to one in every of dairy farming’s most well-established practices. 

It has integrated agricultural gear from Grand River Robotics to help in milking, feeding and making a hygienic surroundings that “prevents well being points and promotes cow consolation.” Utilized gear consists of three Lely Astronaut Robots, Juno Flex, the Grazeway Type Gate, the Automated Calf Feeder with Hygienic Containers, and three Hoofcount Automated Footbaths.

AV Farms, named for the primary initials of the husband and spouse workforce, Andrew Eisses and Victoria Seip Eisses, is a family-owned and operated dairy farm in Oro-Medonte. It is transitioning the dairy a part of the enterprise from its mum or dad firm, Hewitt Creek Farms. The brand new location opened on Could 21.

Andrew — whose father, a farmer and member of Innisfil city council, Kevin Eisses, calls his son and daughter-in-law “the following era of the farm” — is a fourth-generation farmer, as his great-grandfather bought land on Innisfil Seashore Street in 1961.

Andrew stated that he all the time wished to be a farmer. As we speak, he and his spouse run the enterprise together with his father, his grandfather John, and their workers.

When requested which piece of apparatus is his favorite, and the way it has revolutionized the way in which he works, he defined, “When my grandfather and great-grandfather would have began milking cows it will have been (loads) of guide work the place they might milk every cow individually twice per day in what is named a tie stall barn, the place particular person milking items are delivered to the cow the place they’re standing.”

“I do actually just like the milking robots,” he stated. “(They) do a very good job of giving the cows a calming surroundings the place they’ll go and get milked voluntarily whereas on the similar time giving us as farmers flexibility in our schedule since we don’t must be within the barn at a set time to do the milking.”

Victoria works full-time within the agricultural sector the place she offers with components for livestock feed. She assists with chores on weekends and organizes vaccinations.

“She additionally provides a recent set of eyes for locations we are able to enhance,” Andrew stated. “She has a really eager eye for animals and can typically decide up issues sooner than I’ll, whereas I’ve a greater sense of the massive image which helps with planning and fixing issues.”

When requested about animal welfare, Andrew stated, “Now we have all the time strived to provide our livestock the highest quality of care we are able to. Our new facility goes to provide us extra instruments to try this job with higher air flow, extra space, and extra snug bedding, in addition to having the latest gear to observe lots of completely different knowledge factors about our animals’ well being.”

“Innisfil has been an important house for our farm and we’re very happy with (having) been part of the neighborhood for the previous 60(-plus) years,” Andrew stated. “It has been unbelievable to observe it develop into what it has change into immediately.”

To be taught extra about Hewitt Creek Farms, try its Fb web page.

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