On Wednesday, Oct. 21, at noon (CST) the Dairy Calf and Heifer Association (DCHA) will host another of its informative webinars. Jeanne Wormuth, farm manager of CY Heifer Farm, will present "Automatic Feeders - Can They Work for You?"
Wormuth will talk about the economics of automatic calf feeders, design issues and reducing the labor force as well as how this technology can work for your operation.
CY Heifer Farm converted their single housing units into group housing. Barns that once housed 48 calves now hold 100 babies in the same space. They reduced labor from four full time calf feeders to two full time. Bedding costs were reduced. The calves benefit from group interaction. They wean easier and their first move is less stressful. The heifers are used to moving in a group, eating out of a bunk and the water containers are the same; all these things add up to reduce stress.
Here are just a few of the areas that Wormuth will cover:
- labor force reductions;
- valuable calf-specific data;
- housing issues when using computerized feeders, and;
- results from making the switch to automatic feeders.
About Jeanne Wormuth
Jeanne C. Wormuth is the farm manager of the CY Heifer Farm LLC in Elba, N.Y. This was formerly the Agway TSPF Heifer Farm and is a custom dairy heifer raising operation. The facility has capacity for 4,000 animals and currently serves 10 customers from across New York state.
Jeanne is a graduate of SUNY Cobleskill with an AAS degree in agricultural science and holds a BS in animal science from Cornell University's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
For the past three years she has served on the DCHA board as the North East Regional Director. Jeanne, her husband AJ, and their two children reside in Elba, N.Y.
This informative webinar is FREE to DCHA members (click here to register).
If you are not a DCHA member, click here to register or call (877) 434-3377. There is a nominal fee of $25 for non-members to register. The last day to register is Monday, Oct. 19.
Source: Dairy Calf and Heifer Association