Cadman Factory Tour
Monday October 3, 2016
Jim Peters, John Bruinsma, Karl & Chelsea Meier, Karl & Marianne Iberg, Cornel & Teresa Van Jaarsveld, Brian Livingston, Ben Brandsema & Nick La Hay all met at the Vancouver airport at 8:00 AM for our trip to Ontario. The travel to Ontario went well and we arrived in London airport at 8:00 PM Ontario time. Larry met us at the airport with the Ford 10 passenger van which Jim drove for the entire week. Larry also had the Red Cadman Ford pickup to transport luggage as well as passengers to the Quality Hotel in Woodstock. No one was very hungry at this time so we decided to drive the half hour to the Hotel, check in and then meet in the bar for something to eat and have a drink together before retiring for the night which worked out well.
Tuesday October 4, 2016
We all met for breakfast at around 7:15 AM with the plan of Larry meeting up with us at around 8:00 AM. The weather was nice except for a fair amount of fog in the morning which made it difficult for anyone to see the countryside on our drive to Cadman. Later the fog lifted and it was a great day.
On our drive down to Cadman which takes approximately a half hour we saw a group of around 6 kids ranging in age from 6 – 13 walking from a side road all dressed the same with hats and lunch boxes all matching but were all bare footed which was very interesting. I imagine that they were some of the old line Mennonites which live in this area. On other occasions on this trip we did see some horse and buggies on the shoulder of the roads.
When we arrived at Cadman Larry took us into the board room and introduced us to Bill, Scott, Chris & Alicia who accompanied us on our tour of Cadman. We then went over to the Show Room where we met Courtney, Wayne & Craig who gave us a tour of the complete facility including the body shop where Wayne restores his cars. After the tour we met back in the board room where they had brought in Subway for lunch and Craig spent some time explaining some of the history of Cadman which everyone found to be very interesting.
After lunch we drove to Exeter Produce Co. Ltd in Exeter which was around 1.5 hours drive north up close to Lake Huron. Here we saw what they are working on in regards to comparing the Big Gun and the Briggs Boom which to me made total sense of trying to create a gentle rain on the crop instead of pounding it down with heavy big droplets. The other thing which they have done is the Fertigation where they take tissue samples on a weekly basis and adjust the fertilizer application according to the plants needs and not only to soil tests. With the intensive agriculture that they have incorporated into their farming practices they have increased their yield by 20%. They also have been using Hortau Moisture testers which will give them accurate testing when extra water is needed for the plants. When water is called for they will put on around 1” per acre rather than a heavier amount. The feeling is that a lighter amount more often is much better for the plant. If they were to put more water on also saturates the ground so there may be a lack of air in the soil. By using the Briggs Boom they are much more in control of the water than with a Big Gun where if there is any wind they get too much drift. A couple more advantages to using the Briggs is the more efficient use of water (less drift and evaporation) and with less pressure the fuel savings are substantial. They then took us to their last pepper harvest for the season where they have drip irrigation which is a continual wetting of the soil.
We then went to their cabbage patch where they were busy harvesting. Here we also got to see a trial which they were doing to compare conventional fertilized corn with fertigation on the corn crop through a pivot irrigation. From what we could tell the cobs on the fertigation side seemed to be much fuller than on the conventional side but it would be interesting for us to follow up with them as to how much of a difference fertigation does make on corn yield.
They then took us to their processing facility where we saw them processing Rutabagas as well as Peppers which was all very interesting. At Exeter Produce they farm around 2800 acres which is a 4th generation family run farm and began in 1951. They ship produce all down the east coast as far south as the Caribbean. I was very impressed with what I saw with them embracing new technology to try to keep ahead in the future.
On leaving Exeter Larry took us to Grand Bend which is a smaller beach town on Lake Huron. With this being the end of the season for them everything was very dead but it was great to see the lake which looks like the ocean because you can not see the other side. They tell us that in the summer the whole town is wall to wall people. Larry then took us to the Growlin Gator Bar & Grill for dinner where we sat outside and watched the sun go down over the lake. It was just a great evening. We then needed to drive another 1.5 hours back to the hotel where some of us ended up in the bar for a drink and wind down before heading for bed.
Wednesday October 5, 2016
This morning also saw us having breakfast done by around 8:30 AM when we left the Hotel traveling up to SunovaWorx which is ½ hour drive north of our hotel. The weather was great this morning with no fog. Larry drove his car to help with the transport of passengers. When we arrived at SunovaWorx John Hughes & John Van Lierop met us and we spent some time in the board room where John H. gave us a presentation on the Broadcaster 1 & 2. We then had a coffee before they gave us a tour of the their facilities from the Broadcaster assembly to the shop where they repair harvesters.
We then went to the CoverAll building where Gary Mathison gave us a demonstration on the Broadcaster controls. Gary did a great job of explaining all of the different functions of the Broacaster 1 & 2. He had 5 different engines set up with all of them with Broadcaster Controls.
After the demo we went back into the lunch room where they had prepared buns with cold cuts and potato salad. They also had a cake for desert which was all very well done.
After lunch we drove 1 hour north to Clinton ON. To meet up with Brian Mortin from GEA and Martin Peeters from Dairylane at the Tim Hortins. Here we saw a small articulated John Deere tractor which someone had put together and I got Karl Meier to sit on it for a few pictures.
Brian and Martin then took us out to Bruggert Family Farm owned by Brinke family. Here we saw a new installation of a double 20 parlour with a mini biolynk flush system. They bedded with sand and had GEA/Houle alley scrapers which scraped to the back of the barn dropping into a cross channel which had a GEA/Houle Box Scraper taking the sand laden manure to a concrete reception pit with a sloped floor. In a dry pit they had a GEA/Houle Futuro Pump with a 16” intake pipe and a 12” discharge pipe sending the sand laden manure directly to a round concrete pit. Some of my observations were that they had completely covered the dry pit with fiberglass bar grating so everything was very safe. With this being safe it did make it more difficult to be able to service the Futuro Pump. Another feature which they had was a large air tank plumbed into the discharge of the Future so as to be able to blow out the 12” line on a regular basis if necessary. When looking into the long term storage pit I did notice that there was a great amount of sand which probably will need to excavated out of the on a fairly regular basis. My thought would have been to install some sort of sand separation between the reception pit and long term storage. We then saw his concrete bunkers which are only 8’ tall and probably 20’ wide and a 6’ wide walls between but very well kept. He had corn and alfalfa silage along with one bunk with high moisture ground corn which looked fantastic. This was a very well kept farm where the farmer took a lot of pride in what he did. The farmer didn’t know that we were coming which caught him off guard and he had his feeding to do so he was very abrupt with us when we arrived. Later before we left Larry and I had a chance to talk to the farmer who said that he felt terrible that he didn’t have any time to spend with us because he always enjoys showing people around.
On leaving the Bruggert farm we drove to Stratford Boston Pizza where GEA provided dinner for everyone.
Following dinner we had time to drive out to a friend of the Ibergs, Ralph and Heather Dewitt at Dewitt Haven Farm to take a look at their farm. They had a new Lely Robot barn which they were very proud of. They had 2 robots milking around 100 cows but had built the barn with the plans to expand to a third robot. They had a Jamesway scraper system scraping into a raceway at the end which they pumped to a round concrete pit with a portable pump when needed. As we saw at the previous farm everything was very neat and tidy with them taking a lot of pride in their facility. They did own 300 acres of land where the farm was located close to Stratford.
We then had a 45 minute drive back to the Woodstock Hotel where we met at the bar for a drink and to download what we had seen during the day.
Thursday October 6, 2016
Thursday morning was another beautiful clear day with Larry meeting us at the Hotel at around 8:30 AM to drive down to Cadman where we picked up Alicia to accompany us to the Burning Kiln Winery. We got there at around 10:00 AM and had a great time seeing what they are doing in the Turkey Point area of Ontario.
After our winery tour we drove a short distance down to the 2nd Sandbar Restaurant which is overlooking Lake Erie. We had a great time with great weather over lunch.
After lunch we drove up to the site of the Continuous Manure Application (CMA) Machine demo. Here we saw the large machine with the 5.5” by 2700’ hose which applies manure continuously in corn or other crops. They gave us a brief explanation of the machine and then went ahead with a demonstration of how everything works. This machine has as I stated before a 5.5” by 2700’ hose but can be fitted with a shorter drum witch would take a shorter hose if necessary. There is a 375 HP booster pump with 160 GPM hydraulic pump to power all the functions necessary on this machine. With this combination they are capable of pumping out around 1200 GPM to a 30’ or 40’ tool bar which is injecting manure into the corn. The injectors that they have been using are a double set of Aerway injectors. They tell us that one of the best time to inject is at the tasseling time of the corn. This could be achieved if the farmer would have a high profile tractor capable of clearance over the corn and a Vogelsang Dribble Bar to drop the manure between the rows. With the CMA machine any tool bar is possible to hook onto the hose. The control system is designed and manufactured by Cadman which is in the control tractor so that the complete system is operated by one person. The tool bar tractor pulls the hose down the field injecting manure at the rate set up by the operator. When the tractor gets to the end of the field the operator turns off the flow of manure throttling the booster pump down. He then proceeds to make his turn. After making the turn he opens up the manure valve throttling up the booster and the CMA proceeds with retracting the hose as the tractor drives back to the head of the field. At the head of the field the same procedure happens except that the CMA machine moves ahead the prescribed amount so as to pull the hose out for another pass. This is all in the programming on the control unit. The CMA machine can be setup to be fed by a pump directly from a manure pit or could be fed by a portable feeder tank parked nearby. When filled with manure the CMA would weigh in the range of 60,000 lbs.
After a great demonstration of the CMA equipment the Cadman Family provided us with a catered chicken and sausage BBQ in the shadow of the CMA which I thought was very special.
We then drove the half hour back to our hotel where we all met in the bar again to spend some more time together solving all the problems of the world.
Friday October 7, 2016
Friday morning came and we all met for breakfast and checked out of our hotel at around 8:30 AM. Norm Northmore from Performance Dairy Centre met us at the hotel to lead us to the farm.
We then drove the short distance to Sweaburg south of Woodstock to the Mapleburg Holsteins Farm owned by the Garfat family where we saw the first to North America GEA MONOBOX robotic milker which was installed by Performance Dairy Centre. The Garfat family has been on this farm since 1890. Everyone including myself was very impressed with what we saw. This was a new setup milking with only one box so that they were milking only 50 cows. They had a couple of GEA/Houle 13MM chain scrapers in the barn which deposited the manure into the gravity channel at the end of the barn. They had a 36” pipe which took the manure from the gravity channel dropping through two 45 degree pipes coming into the lower round concrete pit. The concern with a system such as this is when the 36” gravity pipe may plug and what to do about it then. This was a very nice and very clean dairy.
We then drove around 45 minutes to Dairy Lane Systems Limited where we had a complete tour of their facilities. They are a dealership very similar to Pacific Dairy only more than double the size of what we are employing more than 70 people. They are very aggressive and continually looking to the future as to how to better serve their customers. With this in mind they do complete barns and digester projects from the design to the building and supplying of complete turn key barn setups which Pacific Dairy does not do. We at Pacific Dairy work with other parties to make this all happen. I have always been very impressed with drive and ambition of the owners from Dairy Lane. We only spent around 45 minutes at Dairy Lane due to us needing to stop for lunch and get to the airport on time.
Larry took us to a restaurant called the Little Beaver where we all had our last meal together before driving to the airport arriving at around 1:15 PM and our plane left London at around 3:00 PM. We were on a Dash 8 to Toronto where we got onto a Westjet 737 with a direct flight to Vancouver where we landed at 6:35 PM.
We had so much fun showing this crew around!
Would your dealership like to come spend a week with us at Cadman? We would love to have you, contact your sales rep. for more information.
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