In this column, Progressive Dairy summarizes issues in the news and attempts... Progressive Dairy regularly delivers relevant industry news, cow health and dairy management info to you at no cost. “We’re grateful for how our employees worked through the construction process.”. National Geographic Recommended for you Jennifer helped Spring Breeze fix the coccidiosis issue while growing an animal that’s ready for breeding 30 days earlier than before. Create an open forum of discussion and an easy-to-read magazine of expert information about the U.S. dairy industry. “On any facility you put together, the manure system is always the toughest challenge,” Gerrits concedes. Spring Breeze Dairy Group – Breeze Dairy Group, Bryant, Wisconsin; VanBedaf Dairy – VanBedaf Family, Carrington, North Dakota; Bronze recognition. Spring Breeze Dairy is home to 3,400 cows, making over 32,000 gallons of milk per day. The Breeze Group took turn-key ownership on Sept. 1, 2015, adorning the new addition with the name Spring Breeze Dairy. Here, trees far outnumber people, and cows too, but tucked in between the towering tracks of timber and flat, open potato fields, the Breeze Dairy Group LLC came across a “site” for sore eyes that turned into a vision for opportunity. The purchase rounded out the Breeze Group’s trifecta of dairies. In the original H-style layout, the two milking barns ran along either side of the parallel parlor, with a special-needs barn directly behind the parlor; the manure pit was between the barn and the road. “We’re still not done here yet,” Gerrits says, noting continued tweaking of the manure and electrical systems, “but we’re very pleased with what we’ve ended up with here, and we’re able to make this site work for us.”, When asked if he would have rather bought an existing dairy or build a new one, Gerrits says, “It depends.” He goes on to explain, “In a heartbeat, if you can get the permits and build on a bare piece of ground, you’d do that. “For this part of the country, we don’t need heat abatement – we need cold abatement,” Gerrits jokes. “We bought everything – lock, stock and barrel,” Gerrits recalls. Expansion is the next stage for Spring Breeze Dairy and this step will place added stress onto the calf and heifer program. Like fitting together a jigsaw puzzle, the pieces of Spring Breeze Dairy are now in place, completing the picture Gerrits and his partners at the Breeze Group envisioned. Oct 2018 – Oct 2019 1 year 1 month. With a satisfied smile, he says, “It’s rewarding when I drive in and look at the whole facility, look at each challenge that came along the with the place and see that we pulled this off.”. Sometimes I even see milking shifts done early.”. “These heifers are tall, lean and growing quicker. Another ongoing challenge has been the electrical system and making necessary updates between the existing buildings and new buildings. PHOTO 1: A new rotary milking parlor (far left building) and six-row barn (second from left) were built last year at Spring Breeze Dairy in the same place where the manure pit was originally located. The original naturally ventilated freestall barns got a “face lift,” including new roofs with a closed ridge and chimney fans to provide proper air exchange during the frigid winters. The data gives the dairy measurable results to compare against what they are seeing. - A change of leadership. Dairi-Acres Farms – Dean and Amy Bryant, Strathroy, Ontario, Canada; Davis Family Farm – Jayme and Brad Davis, Darlington, Wisconsin; Newmont Dairy Farm – Gladstone Family, Bradford, Vermont Purchased in 2015, the Spring Breeze farm was more than Photos by Peggy Coffeen. The magazine is published monthly with a sizeable portion of articles unique to Canadians. He personally hopes to slowly step back from his responsibilities over the coming years and “slide into retirement.”.