"The robots make it possible for us to effectively milk our cows more than twice daily without hiring additional help."

Spruceafton Farms Inc. is reaping the benefits of increased efficiency after installing a voluntary milking system in a unique, double robot barn.

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Spruceafton Farms

Milverton, ON, CAN

Spruceafton Farms

HERD TYPE

Holsteins

HERD SIZE

85

James and Susan Nafziger represent the third generation to milk cows on their current location in Milverton, Ontario. They expanded their operation through purchasing cows and a quota from a family member. To accommodate the expansion, the Nafzigers built a new facility, and in 2016, installed two DeLaval VMS robots to milk their 85 cows.

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The Nafziger family strives to breed cows with good conformation and increasing production, while at the same time keeping input costs at a respectable level.

"We enjoy working with cattle and the challenge of breeding good, strong cow families. We also enjoy the variety of responsibilities that dairy farming requires," says James Nafziger, co-owner.

James and his wife, Susan, and son, Corey make up the main workforce with occasional help from children: Joel and Olivia at Spruceafton Farms Inc. 

Spruceafton's double robot barn measures 132' x 208' with a 42' x 48' calf barn and 40' x 48' entrance. It is equipped with a milk house, office, utility room and mezzanine.

"We chose DeLaval because we have always had DeLaval milking systems, received  support in the past and feel that they have a good product," says Nafziger.

Spruceafton cows have acclimated well to the new facility; production has increased and the cows are exercising more and averaging 2.75 milkings per day.

In addition to cattle, the family raises alfalfa, corn, soybeans and wheat.

"The robots make it possible for us to effectively milk our cows more than twice daily without hiring additional help."

Our Solutions

Learn more about the DeLaval solutions that help Spruceafton Farms improve profitability and save time.

Robotic

DeLaval VMS™

The ultimate automatic milking machine. The Voluntary Milking System VMS™ enables you to harvest the maximum milk yield from your herd, while freeing-up time for you and your staff to focus on other duties.

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Cow comfort

DeLaval swinging cow brush SCB

Use of the SCB will ensure a cleaner coat by removing dirt and debris, allowing cows to more effectively cool their bodies and put their energy into milk production.

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Cooling, storage & testing

DeLaval buffer vessel BVV

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Cooling, storage & testing

DeLaval cleaning and control unit T100 & T200

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Herd Management

DeLaval activity meter system

Improving reproduction performance, heat detection and health. Monitoring your cows is an essential part of modern dairy farming. A cow’s daily movements tell you a lot about its current heat and health status.

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