S&S Jerseyland Dairy is all about ensuring good quaility milk while being good stewards of the land and animals. Currently, 3,300 cows are being milked everyday on a 70 stall rotary milking system. This rotary gives the cows the opportunity to be milked. They take a six minute ride while this process occurs. Everyday on average all of the cows produce together 240,000 pounds of milk. This milk is pumped directly into refrigerated milk tanks. Saputo, a local cheese factory, comes and picks up their milk tanks everyday to make cheese.
In addition to the 3,300 cows being milked, there are 1,200 calves and 1,600 heifers that are also part of the Jerseyland herd. Right before a cow is about to give birth they are housed in a shaving bedded pen where they will have their calf. Once the calf is born and cleaned off by the mother it is than placed in a heated hutch where it will finish drying. The calf is then given two feedings of their mother's colostrum to help ensure maximum health benefits. Our calves will continue to drink milk until they are six to eight weeks of age. Once the calf is weaned off of milk and consuming all solids she is then placed in a pen with other calves. These calves are all housed together giving them the opportunity to eat, drink, and lay down whenever they please.
All of the cows within the Jerseyland herd have the ability to consume fresh water and feed everyday. Once a day, their stalls are refluffed and groomed to meet the comfortablility needs of each cow. The Jerseyland herd is also given a professional pedicure twice a year by a hoof trimmer where they get their nails trimmed and filed. All of the cow barns are equipped with proper ventilation, to maintain the proper cow health. This ventilation system is designed by professionals who are experts in air movement. We want to ensure all of our cows are getting fresh air at all times.
Our employee's who work at S&S Jerseyland Dairy help make all this possible. The Jerseyland team is constantly staying up-to-date on the latest technology and information. Keeping the employees up-to-date is an important aspect of the farm. Allowing the employees to get involved with research projects while working with industry professionals. Having this information also brings in more job opportunities. Currently, Jerseyland has their own maintenance team, parlor maintenance team, and on staff medicine crew available at all times. Having people work at Jerseyland with these abilities is very rare. Most dairies have to call for professional help, but not here at Jerseyland.