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

AV Farms, whose guardian firm is Innisfil’s Hewitt Creek Farms, is utilizing robotic agricultural practices that help in milking, feeding and making a hygienic setting

AV Farms is bringing a brand new twist to one in all 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 setting that “prevents well being points and promotes cow consolation.” Utilized gear contains three Lely Astronaut Robots, Juno Flex, the Grazeway Kind Gate, the Computerized Calf Feeder with Hygienic Packing containers, and three Hoofcount Computerized Footbaths.

AV Farms, named for the primary initials of the husband and spouse group, 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 guardian 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 technology of the farm” — is a fourth-generation farmer, as his great-grandfather bought land on Innisfil Seashore Highway in 1961.

Andrew instructed InnisfilToday that he at all times needed to be a farmer. At present, he and his spouse run the enterprise along with his father, his grandfather John, and their staff.

When requested which piece of kit 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 (quite a bit) 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 dropped at the cow the place they’re standing.”

“I do actually just like the milking robots,” he mentioned. “(They) do a very good job of giving the cows a calming setting the place they will go and get milked voluntarily whereas on the identical 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 elements for livestock feed. She assists with chores on weekends and organizes vaccinations.

“She additionally provides a contemporary set of eyes for locations we are able to enhance,” Andrew mentioned. “She has a really eager eye for animals and can typically choose 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 mentioned, “We’ve got at all times strived to provide our livestock the very best quality of care we are able to. Our new facility goes to provide us extra instruments to try this job with higher air flow, more room, and extra comfy bedding, in addition to having the most recent gear to observe numerous totally different information factors about our animals’ well being.”

“Innisfil has been an incredible house for our farm and we’re very pleased with (having) been part of the group for the previous 60(-plus) years,” Andrew mentioned. “It has been unimaginable to observe it develop into what it has grow to be as we speak.”

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

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