“This whole exercise was meant to have taken us two seasons, and we’ve done it all in one season.”
When Chap Zweirs and Jack Scheres purchased Grangelands Farm, it was rundown and they knew they needed to build a new milking shed. For Jack, the answer was simple.
“I’ve seen a few DeLaval operations, and they’re working brilliantly, to me it’s a no brainer,” he says. They had a few specifications; their shed had to be one-man and had to have drafting, so they had DeLaval Rotary E100 built on their farm and the benefits have been huge.
“Cows seem to like it. The staff like it,” says Chap.
“Generally cow comfort comes first,” says Jack, “The cows adapted to it very well, within a week we were walking with just one person.”
“Cow-flow is amazing,” says Chap. “It identifies the cow as she comes in, it tells me milk production or milk loss as well, or draft automatically too. If it’s set in the parameters that it will draft anything that is low in milk it will do it for me.” The features of the DeLaval Rotary E100 have been more than suitable for Chap and Jack’s production needs.
“You don’t need to be here all the time, so that’s the biggest thing for me, my wife loves it as well,” says Chap with a smile.