“We were aware that the future of dairy production required us to be very efficient with labour and favour animal welfare as well as that of the owner."
New facilities for Ferme Joumalait are keeping the cows better-cared for, while requiring fewer hours of labour.
“Our new freestall dairy facility along with the Double-8 DeLaval Midiline parlour, have enabled us to save two and a half hours of labour a day, in addition to reducing our somatic cells from 250,000 to 125,000. Milking is much safer and more enjoyable." said Stéphane Jouvin, owner and operator of Ferme Joumalait. Stéphane and Manon experienced beef and pig farming with Alexis, Stéphane’s father in St-Éloi, Québec, before getting into dairy production.
In 2010, Stéphane and Manon dove into milk production with 36 Holstein cows.
“The interest that our son has demonstrated encouraged us to build our new freestall dairy barn that can shelter 65 dairy cows,” said Stéphane Jouvin.
For Ferme Joumalait, sustainable agriculture consists of protecting the natural resources at farmers’ disposal.
“To reduce labour and increase cow comfort, we built a large area in front of the cows that can contain straw for at least 3 weeks. A few minutes a day are enough to refresh the stalls," Jouvin explains.
“We have been using DeLaval products since the beginning and chose to continue with them because the DeLaval name is well known and we have a good relationship with our dealer," Jouvin concludes.