“Our new free stall facility is impressive for cow comfort, from sand bedding to total cow freedom contributing to a Zen environment in the barn.”
Cow comfort, efficient milk production and future farm profitability are high priorities at Ferme Aly, and with new facilities, Patrice Garneau and his family are able to accomplish their goals.
New start-ups in milk production are still possible! Patrice Garneau was hired on a dairy in 2002, and eventually purchased the operation in 2014. At the time, the farm was producing 60 kilograms a day and cultivating 600 acres of land. Today, the operation produces 110 kilograms a day with 2,200 acres of land.
After a fire burnt down the farm’s tie-stall barn in October 2015, they visited several farms in Canada to help decide on a replacement building. They chose a double-8 Champion milking parlor.
“With all the options available, our milking parlor is almost as complete as a robot. Its heavy duty construction and the unbeatable accuracy of the DeLaval milk meters, along with our dealer’s service level, convinced us to continue with DeLaval,” said Garneau. “Both the barn and the milking parlor were designed for future expansion. Everything is easier and makes labor more effective. The next generations will want to produce high-quality milk with minimal work.”
“Cow’s total freedom to eat, drink and lie down adds to the animal’s welfare and comfort; as far as I’m concerned, that’s what sustainable farming is all about," Garneau added.