New Zealand is warming to the idea of housing cows but a debate looms on the issue, says the outgoing chairman of HerdHomes®, Dr Andy West.
Bay of Plenty farmers Shaun and Fiona Kehelys' milk production last season was up 120, 000kgMS due to a $1.1 million investment in two HerdHomes® shelters. The Kehelys, who farm at Oropi, near Tauranga, say their farm management practices have remained the same. However, since commissioning the two HerdHomes® shelters the workload has eased, cows are more comfortable in shelter and milk yield has soared.
The Wilson family is constantly looking at ways to improve the efficiency, productivity and appearance of the property and a year ago built two HerdHomes®...."It is amazing how clean and dry the shelters are. It has to be better for them when calving and we only lost one calf stillborn last year."
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Waikato sharemilkers have achieved farm ownership sooner than expected due to increased profitability from HerdHomes® shelters
A cover over the feed pad would reduce the size of the pond and effluent storage needed, but then you're a long way towards the cost of a building a HerdHomes® shelter
HerdHomes® shelter users, Tony and Zoe Kuriger have carried on the family legacy and won the Hawke's Bay/Wairarapa Sharemilker/Equity Farmer of the Year title.
Inquiry levels for HerdHomes® shelters were strong at the recent Field Days at Waimumu. Farmers were actively exploring options that allowed them to meet or exceed proposed environmental limits but at the same time maintained or, ideally, improved productivity and profitability.
Stand-off and covered stand-off structures might be the answer for farmers trying to balance higher stocking numbers and more stringent environmental demands, says Hamish McMillan, of HerdHomes®.
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