“Sustainability for us means time and labour savings in the tie stall barn, hands-on time with the cows, growing and increasing technology.”
Milking 80 cows in tiestalls is rigorous work, but Kingsway Farms has found a way to improve efficiency while preserving an 80-year family legacy.
Ethan and Morgan McMillan, along with parents Gord and Pauline, of Hastings, Ontario, have streamlined their tiestall milking process with DelPro™ MU480 portable milking units and a track system. With the milking units, the cows are milking out more completely and in less time than before. The track system helps move the units around the barn, saving stress on workers’ shoulders and joints.
Efficiency is important in a tiestall barn, and Morgan McMillan says the DeLaval milking units have helped save labour. “We’re milking 20 percent faster than we were before,” McMillan says. “We need to be efficient when we’re taking the best care of our cows and pay attention to the data.”
The McMillans plan to continue improving labour usage as their business grows, with their elite cows at the center of every decision. A big focus is herd health: keeping mastitis and lameness to a minimum and developing long-lasting, true-type cows that produce well.
“Our cows produce a one-of-a-kind product for the consumer,” McMillan remarked. “Milking great cows makes it fun to get up in the morning.”