The milk cows are housed in a barn specially designed for the fresh sea-breeze to blow through year round. On warm days the cows can sun on the patio, and on cool days, the curtains are drawn to keep heat in. Fun fact – on rainy days, we make sure that no cows are stuck outside.

Each calf on the farm has his or her own space. This promotes a safe and healthy environment to grow and play. No calf can be bullied away from its food! Once a calf is 3 months old, they graduate from single pens to a group pen with calves of similar age and size.

If you have driven by the farm you have probably noticed the black Friesian horses in the pasture. These animals were Pake’s pride and joy. Even in his retirement from the dairy, he needed animals to care for!

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PRIORITIZING COW COMFORT

One of the top priorities we have is to create an environment for our cows that is comfortable. Over the last 20 years, we have been dedicating more time and resources to promoting cow comfort. It is one of the easiest ways to increase milk production. Happy, comfortable, and healthy cows produce more milk. Not only is it the right thing to do, promoting better welfare is good for our business. You and I prefer variety, but cows prefer consistency, routines that they can predict.  More…

 


MODERN DAIRY COW DIETS

Our main objective in developing a diet, whether grass-fed or conventional, is to make sure our cows are getting the proper nutrients, to be healthy cows. We formulate diets with the help of our nutritionist, who is specialized in dairy nutrition. On our farm, we have over 10 different diets. Depending on the cow’s age, milk production, and gestational period, she will require different food. More…

 

 


THE COW’S GRASS-FED DIET

Our posts, Modern Dairy Cow Diets and The Use of Grain, explains in depth the need to create a balanced diet for our cows to be healthy and perform. Those posts also highlight the need for energy in their diets. Energy supports milk production, reproduction, body fat, and metabolism.

Our diet for the grass-fed cows is 20% grains and 80% forages. When you compare that to our cow fed a balanced diet, the ratio is 40% grain and 60% forages. Our grass-fed competitors are 30% grain and 70% forages.  More…