Our Herd

 

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At Feitsma Dairies we were able to purchase all our cows from previous herds already in Saskatchewan.  Our cows are divided into 3 different milking groups which consist of a high, low and fresh group. The cows get milked 3x a day to maintain a consistent milking routine.  Once the cows are in the parlor our milking procedure involves a automatic hand held teat scrubber and a post foam dipper.

Our herd is monitored closely by electronic RFID Tags, that automatically puts the cow’s data into the computer in the parlor and as well in the office.  Through this we are able to closely monitor each cow and any changes that may occur in her from milking to milking.  The program used to assist us in monitoring the herd is called Dairy Comp 305 and provides our herdsman with a complete in depth overview of the herd at all times.

The cows are kept clean and comfortable in a 4 row free stall barn, which allows us to get outstanding milk results from a commercially based herd of cows.  The health of our herd is very important to us and to maintain that we have a very routine herd health with our local Vet and Hoof trimmer every other week.

The new barn will be a tunnel ventilated barn.  In the summer the ventilation system will replace the air in the barn with fresh air every 45 seconds.  By doing we are able to reduce the amount of heat stress on the herd and making a more comfortable and consistent temperature.  Because of the constant air flow this will eliminate flies in the barn and takes away the use of pesticides that are normally used to repel the flies on the cows.

Our cows are all bred through Artificial Insemination, using proven semen for the first two to three services and young sires until she gets pregnant.

Dry cows and pregnant heifers will also be housed in the tunnel ventilated barn on this farm. Cows will be dry for 60 days in total but moved to the close up bedding pack pen at 39 days dry. After calving they are closely monitored every day for 10 days in a bedding pack.

All calves are fed by bottles with pasteurized milk twice a day with milk and once with water. Baby calves are housed in a all in all out calf barn for a sterile environment.  At two months of age the calves are weaned and move to the heifer barn into larger group pens where they get fed a TMR (total mixed ration).  Heifers are bred at 14 months of age and all young stock are vaccinated once a year with a killed vaccine.