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FAR LEFT
Tomalynn Leduc
Della is owned
with Huddlesford
Holsteins.
LEFT Missy is
the current All
Canadian and All
American Junior
2-year-old.
milking herd as required.
At birth calves are born in
individual pens in a maternity
MORSAN FARMS
and hospital unit which is
manned 24-7, with cows pulled
out of the dry cow yard as they
start calving. The protocol is two
RAISE THE BAR
doses of colostrum within two
hours before they are moved to
one of the six calf rooms that
From whichever angle you look at it, Morsan
hold 36 calves each. Calves are
Farms based near Ponoka, Alberta in Western
fed pasteurised milk by bottle
for 10 days and then bucket-fed;
Canada is an impressive sight. A recent visitor
each calf has an individual record
card above it which stays with it
was Sarah Liddle and here’s her report
for life. When a room is full the
whole batch is moved, the room
proportion increasing as the ET program grows. Of this 70%, about one
thoroughly washed, sanitised and
third consists of deep pedigreed cows. Easy identification is paramount and
re-washed before the next batch
therefore cows are adorned with colour coded tags.
arrives. The calves are weaned
24-year-old Henry (Morris and Sandra’s eldest son) looks after the
at 8-10 weeks and, at between
commercial side of the business and the day-to-day running of the farm,
10-12 weeks, they are moved to a
nutrition, cropping etc. Greg, the middle son, runs the hospital and
transition unit one mile from the
maternity facility, and between Greg and Henry they do all the scanning
farm, where they stay for two
and basic medical work themselves, a vet only tends to visit for DA’s or
months before moving to the emergency operations. Around 15 staff are employed at all times and
main heifer rearing lot. Heifers this has always been a truly international affair. At the moment there are
are also reared for son-in-law employees from Japan, UK, Switzerland, Denmark, Germany and, of course,
Scott, returning to him freshly Canada. It is a phenomenal place to gather work experience, allowing the
calved. opportunity to specialise in one area, be that calf rearing, feeding, maternity
The milking herd goes through or the ever popular show barn. One obvious thing is the staff act and work
the parlour three times a day, as a team and they are dynamic and relatively young in mind, body and
at 2 am, 10 am and 6 pm. The outlook with bags of enthusiasm!
milking herd is run in seven Feeding is a job in itself, taking 12 hours daily for the feed wagon to travel
groups and around 70% of round all the sections of the farm. The main milking herd is fed twice a day
the cattle are registered, a with feed pushed up in front of them an additional nine times a day. The
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