“[Our calves] are handled with patience and care. We take cleanliness very seriously and are always looking for ways to do better for our animals.”

In 2017, Ocooch Dairy completed construction on a new, state-of-the-art group calf housing facility with three DeLaval automated calf feeders providing on-demand nutrition for 150 calves.

DSC_3709.jpg

Ocooch Dairy

Hillsboro, Wisconsin, USA

Ocooch Dairy

HERD TYPE

Holsteins and cross-breeds

HERD SIZE

850

system

Ocooch Dairy started milking 40 Registered Holsteins in 1978. Forty years and three generations later, this Wisconsin dairy continues to evolve and improve.

Now milking 850 Holsteins and cross-breeds in a double-12 DeLaval parallel parlor, Ocooch Dairy also cares for approximately 200 calves in its new calf barn where no calf comfort detail was spared.

DSC_3638.jpg

The facility features an automatic, cross-ventilation system with fans, a side-wall curtain and ceiling inlets to ensure the calves have good air quality to breathe. Pens are bedded with straw year round and are designed for optimal drainage and cleanliness.

“We train and retrain employees on proper animal handling techniques and work very hard to make sure our animals are well-fed and well-cared for – working closely with nutrition and veterinary teams to provide quality care,” said Stacy Sosinsky, Calf and Heifer Manager.

With three DeLaval CF1000S automatic calf feeders, the calves have constant access to food – helping the calves grow. The facility has an office where Stacy and her team can review the nutrition program and performance of each calf – and make adjustments using the CalfCloud software program.

Stacy said the dairy decided to install DeLaval calf feeders after touring farms with these machines and talking to specialists who preferred the technology of the CF100S. She continued: “We also have a positive, long-standing relationship with our DeLaval dealer, and we trusted their ability to help us when needed.”

“[Our calves] are handled with patience and care. We take cleanliness very seriously and are always looking for ways to do better for our animals.”

Our solutions

Learn more about the DeLaval solutions that help Ocooch Dairy keep their calves and cows comfortable.

Feeding

DeLaval calf feeder CF1000S

Automatic calf feeders are an efficient and effective method to achieve intensive calf feeding. Automatic calf feeders, such as the DeLaval CF1000S, offer the ability to manage and track the feeding program of each animal. Significant labor savings are also a potential benefit of the CF1000S.

Read more

Cow comfort

DeLaval mini swinging brush MSB

The DeLaval mini swinging brush MSB allows calves to enjoy the same daily grooming benefits as the 4 million dairy cows worldwide that benefit from the original SCB.

Read more

Parlors

Parallel parlors

Throughput in the fast lane.

Read more

Learn more

Read similar stories

Contact your DeLaval dealer

For general inquiries