The first farm: 2 VMS system, I think this was a renovation because the building looked fairly well used.
After the tour the farmer invited us into his home to talk over tea and coffee.
|The feed wagon|
|The feed mixer, the whole system is called Opti-feeding.|
The third farm: had some horses out in front of the barn, a new 2 VMS installation.
Then these two cuties showed up and wanted their pictures taken, they also wanted to lick me, but I wouldn't allow that.
The final farm on the 4th day: the farmer and his mother(?) were both wearing wooden shoes, this barn was another renovation of 2 VMS, he had a unique feeding system.
They put the feed in the alley and then as the cows eat it, they knock pieces off the block, so they always have food close enough to eat.
Then as the feed runs lower, they pull the headlocks closer with a chain. Very interesting concept.
Then we went to our hotel in Zwolle.
The next day, day 5, we also visited 4 farms. This day was a little more interesting than the previous because a lot of the farms had dogs, and it was nice to see a different animal other than cows.
But before we left from our hotel in the morning, we noticed that the front tire on our car was running low on air again, so we decided to take it off and put the spare on until we could get someone to blow up the tire again.
|And we were only supposed to go 80 kph.|
Farm 1: 1 VMS, has been milking with robotic milkers for like 9 years, had a different kind for a few years and then switched to the Delaval VMS, had a gorgeous dog, and a potatoe gun/canon.
And they blew up and changed our tire for us, they were so nice.
|And the dog smiled the whole time!|
Second farm: 1 VMS in a new barn.
Third farm: new building, 4 VMS installed with 2 more on the way, barn only has a roof no walls.
|She would not go away, every time I kicked the ball she would run after in and tackle it, then run back to try to find me. Believe me, I tried to hide, but she found me.|