“People will always need food – beef or dairy. So there’s a future in farming, but we want to be the most efficient.”

Cub Run Dairy had its sights on the future generation when it upgraded its milking system to a double-24 parallel parlor in 2016. Always looking for ways to improve, the family-run farm reduced labor per cow by 40 percent.

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Cub Run Dairy

McGaheysville, VA, USA

Cub Run Dairy

HERD TYPE

Holsteins

HERD SIZE

600

system

After 35 years in operation, Cub Run Dairy is constantly aspiring to be the best version of itself. In 2016, the family-run farm installed a double-24 DeLaval parallel parlor after wearing out a double-12 DeLaval Herringbone parlor.

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“We’re always looking to the future and trying to see what’s going to be most successful,” says owner Monte Heatwole. “The old parlor lasted 35 years; this one ought to last longer than that!”

Monte’s dad, Gerald, bought the dairy in 1983, and together they milk 600 Holstein cows, grow crops for forage and cash, and raise replacement heifers. They also raise 20,000 large turkey toms. 

Parlor throughput is a major advantage of the upgraded DeLaval milking system. Monte says their work efficiency has improved per cow by 40 percent. The robust, yet cow-friendly design of the parallel parlor means cows are milked faster and wait less to be milked. Monte attributes a 6-pound increase in milk per cow and a four-tenths of a point increase in butterfat to these factors.

Milk quality is another improvement point for Cub Run Dairy. Consistent pulsation and vacuum, combined with udder health solutions OceanBlu and Barrier Dyne 10, have helped reduce somatic cell counts by 100,000. Food safety is further ensured with the help of DelPro farm management. “It helps us monitor treated cows so we know we’re meeting protocols for when milk can go into the tank,” says Monte.

The dairy uses other herd management tools like DeLaval Activity Meter Systems and two DSG10 sort gates. The activity collars help monitor heats and sick cows whereas the sort gates automatically group cows and send others to a special needs pen. 

Cub Run Dairy works with Dairymen Specialty Company, Inc. as its DeLaval dealer. “We need a strong dealer to support what we’re doing every day,” says Monte. “What’s great is DeLaval also has a team of specialists we can call and get things solved if we need to.”

“People will always need food – beef or dairy. So there’s a future in farming, but we want to be the most efficient.”

Our solutions

Learn more about the DeLaval solutions that help Cub Run Dairy maximize work efficiency and increase food safety.

Parlors

Parallel parlors

Throughput in the fast lane.

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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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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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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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