Reduce Summer Heat Stress in Dairy Cows and Mitigate Winter Pneumonia - Case Study
Fetzer Farms operates a double-20 parallel DeLaval milking parlor as well as its own calf and heifer facilities in Elmwood, WI. Their animal environments need to accommodate unpredictable summer humidity and heat, followed by below-zero winter temperatures and shorter daylight hours.
Fetzer has worked with VES since 2008 to retrofit existing facilities into Animal-Centered Environments to optimize the health and well-being of their animals and employees. Benefits have included increased milk production, rate of gain, and conception rates, and decreased somatic cell counts and pneumonia rates. Their ongoing relationship with our team puts the best technology to work to optimize their operations, performance, and profits.
- 10lb increase milk production per cow
- 12% increase in conception rate
- 57% reduction in first-incidence pneumonia in first year