ANIMAL CARE AT GAR-LIN Dairy
For cows at Gar-Lin Dairy, every day is a beach day. Cows are housed in barns with sand-bedded free stalls, with continuous access to fresh water and feed. Thermostat-controlled fans and sprinkler systems keep cows comfortable in warm weather. The stalls and pens are cleaned three times a day; fresh sand is added twice a week to keep the cows clean and dry.
Dean maintains the sand separator that captures 93% of the sand to be washed and dried for reuse as recycled bedding in the free-stalls. The water and solids are then pumped to a 14 million gallon liquid storage facility to be used for the agronomy to be distributed to the fields as needed for the cropping operation.
Nutrients are applied to our fields 3 times during the year to optimize nutrient utilization by the crops we grow to feed our cows. We use manure as a natural fertilizer, this completes the environmentally sound practice of nutrient recycling - from soil, to plant, to cow, back to soil.