“With the rotary, we can milk faster. The cows don’t have to stand as long, which is a big benefit for the them.”

In 2018, Sluys Holsteins built a new milking facility with a 50-stall DeLaval PR2250 rotary. The dairy also upgraded its cow comfort with a new, sand-bedded freestall barn for 550 Holstein cows. The result: better animal welfare, happier employees and greater work efficiency.

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Sluys Holsteins

Clinton, ON, CAN

Sluys Holsteins

HERD TYPE

Holsteins

HERD SIZE

550

Not too long ago, Wen Sluys says he reached a fork in the road – either get better or get out of dairying. Wen decided to dig in, after all, dairy farming is what he knows.

Wen immigrated from The Netherlands in 1988 with his parents and five siblings. That same year, he started milking 10 cows in a tie stall barn and gradually expanded his operation to 425 cows. The issue of overcrowding steadily popped up, forcing Wen to do something about the milking facility he’d outgrown.

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“I needed to get better – more efficient, happier employees, better animal welfare standards – or I had to get out.”

Wen opted for a DeLaval PR2250 rotary – perfect for medium- to large-sized dairies looking for increased work efficiency. His 50-stall rotary moves in a steady rhythm, allowing employees to monitor and manage milking, fertility and mastitis from the in-parlor IDD interactive touchscreen connected to DelPro farm management system. “Cows that need attention can be sorted with the DSG10 sort gate right away,” says Wen. “I like this feature.”

Sluys Holsteins added more than 100 cows to its herd after moving to the rotary. The increase in cow numbers hasn’t affected milking time. According to Wen, they now milk more cows but in the same amount of time as the old parlor – or even less.

In his experience, Wen understands that successful dairy farming is about people and cows. “Making things better for the cows and the employees is important. If I don’t look after my cows, the cows won’t look after me.” And it’s the same for people. “Happier employees make for better employees,” says Wen.

“With the rotary, we can milk faster. The cows don’t have to stand as long, which is a big benefit for the them.”

Our solutions

Learn more about the DeLaval solutions that help Sluys Holsteins save time and improve animal welfare.

Rotary

DeLaval parallel rotary PR2250

If you have a medium to large herd or want to expand, then the PR2250 is the right step. Milk more cows per hour and you get more free time to manage your herd.

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Farm Management

DelPro™ Farm Manager

DelPro Farm Manager presents the information captured, processed and analysed by DelPro to allow you to monitor the operation of your dairy farm from one easy to use application.

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Farm Management

DelPro™ Interactive data display

DelPro Interactive data display is the ultimate parlour application giving you another pair of eyes and ears whilst milking. The interactive data display is there to support you optimize the management of your cows by presenting the status of all cows being milked on each milking point in the parlour or rotary.

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Farm Management

DelPro™ Activity meters

Improve herd health and increase reproduction results. DelPro BioModels turn the behavior of each animal into knowledge. Knowing the status of each animal empowers you to achieve your reproduction targets by identifying cows in heat. Finding sick cows will also ensure you maintain high standards of animal welfare. With DeLaval Activity Meters you are monitoring your cows, even when you are not there.

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Cow traffic

Delaval sort gate DSG10

The combination of DeLaval sort gate DSG10 with DeLaval DelPro ™ Farm Manager provides a simple and economical solution for sorting your cows based on various health checks needs and group assignments with minimal impact on cow flow. The robust design ensures reliable operation around the clock.

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