Sutherhill Farms one of several farms taking part in March 19 open house

Sutherhill Farms Ltd. co-owner Dave Standeaven, left, poses last Saturday during an open house at the farm alongside his son Scott, wife Dana and daughter Anna.

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Loghan and Emma Hodkinson were one of many visitors to Sutherhill Farms Ltd. last Saturday to check out the operation and the animals large and small.

By Dan Rankin

A clear, sunny day made for strong turnouts last Saturday, as six local farms held open houses as part of the Perth Holstein Club’s 2016 Perth County Barn Tour.

Welcoming guests Saturday were Avon Farm Ltd., Downiebrook Farms Ltd., Moy Hall Farms, Pleasant Hill Holsteins Inc., Sutherhill Farms Ltd., and Terrylea Holsteins. Combined, the six area farm operations milk almost 500 cows.

The Independent was on hand at Sutherhill Farms Ltd. owned by Glen and Dave Standeaven, to hear about the farm and how it’s grown recently. Last October, Dave said they moved their animals into their new sand-bedded free stall barn. Also at that time, Avonbank Ag Solutions (who provided chili and refreshments Saturday at the farm) installed two new Lely robotic milking machines for them, “so the cows can get milked on their own essentially 24 hours a day,” he said.

Each robot can accommodate three-times daily milking of 60 animals each, which provides some room for growth as they’re currently only milking about 95 cows, Dave said.

When a cow approaches the Lely machines to be milked, a digital display shows updates on each specific animal, keeping track of vital health and milking statistics.

Counting young stock, Sutherhill Farms is currently raising around 225 animals he said.

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