The Pastink Family - Henria Holsteins

“We’ve had ADF for 14 years now and we really can’t imagine not having it”

Pastink family - Henria Holsteins

Farm: Henria Holsteins Inc
Names: Henk, Maria, Gerrit & Reba Pastink
Parlour type: Rotary
Milking points: 50
Herd size: 600
Installation date: 01/11/2009

The Pastink family run their 3,200 acre farm milking 600 cows in Conn, Ontario using the ADF System. Their farm, Henria Holsteins, was one of the first in Canada to install the ADF System back in 2009. 14 years later the Pastink family are still enjoying the benefits.

“The driving factor for installing the ADF System was because it gets the teat dip where it needs to be,” says Maria. “We didn’t like automated sprayers because of the amount of teat dip they use,” adds Henk.

Cow health is important to the Pastink family and ADF has helped to improve this due to the teat dipping and cluster flush. “We really like the part where it disinfects the milkers between each cow,” explains Henk. “Our current somatic cell count is 92, but we’ve seen it as low as 52 on a 600 cow herd. And we have very low cases of mastitis,” Maria says.

The ADF System has also helped with labour saving within the milking parlour Henk explains. “The ADF System has saved us one man per milking because we don’t have to stand there with a teat cup,” he says. This has resulted in the herdsman enjoying the milking routine more. “They realise that they don’t have to be on the other side of the parlour dipping the cows post milking. So they’re very happy. Sometimes the best equipment you have is when you hardly notice it’s there,” explains Maria.

“It was definitely money well spent. ADF has saved us a lot of money over the years – we’ve had it for 14 years now – and we really can’t imagine not having it. We are very pleased with the product,” Maria summarises.

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