CHESTERVILLE - It's been an interesting year and a half since Rudy and Toinet Cornelissen and their three sons arrived in Canada.
After leaving their dairy farm in south-eastern Holland, they arrived here on Sept. 21, 2001 -10 days after the 9-11 terrorist attack on New York City - and after buying a farm on the Loucks Road just north of this North Dundas Township village a year ago and building a new home, the family plans to go into dairy production in July.
They are in the final stages of construction of a 140x112' free-stall barn built by Swank Construction of Iroquois, and will be throwing the doors wide open for friends, acquaintances and fellow dairy farmers Sat., June 28 to showcase their
DeLaval double-eight parallel Gang Exit/Gang Index milking parlour, in which the cow is milked through the hind legs after she has positioned herself in a stall with a large opening which hold's her in place by her brisket, which makes this one of the safest parlours to operate as well as being efficient.
Plante Farm Equipment of Brinston supplied the DeLaval milking system as well as the barn's Ventec natural ventilation systems, electrical system and Houle automatic cable scrapers.
The GEGI system allows the milker to index and automatically move the cow closer to where the milker stands in the pit - and start milking four cows while the second four are still loading. The gang exit allows four animals to leave the system while a second group of four is still milking.
The double eight configuration allows the operator to go through four to five turns of sixteen animals per hour, a total of between 64 and 80 animals milked each 60 minutes with only one operator.
This fits with the Cornelissens' plan to purchase about 70 cows as they go about assembling a herd and purchasing quota to go into production in July.
Cows will be moved into the parlour with an electric powered crowd gate Herd Reduction system.
Manure will be handled in a concrete pit 140' in diameter and 10' deep.
The Cornelissens farm 200 acres of corn, beans and hay for on-farm feed requirements.