Hosts Marika, Peter and Erik Larsson Details of the VMS barn Milking equipment: 2 x VMS stations 1 x DeLaval DXCE 8,600 litre cooling tank Feed management: Silage with approx. 40% clover. Storage: Horizontal silo Some part maize that is stored in silage tube Feed system: Belt feed distributor Concentrated feed: 6 concentrated feed stations AlfaFeed. Top feeder in VMS station Calf feeding system: DeLaval calf feeder where the calves come after three weeks in the calf hutch Other equipment: Manure system: Open manure channels with DeltaMaster as well as flow in the culvert. Storage: 1 manure container, volume 3 600 m3 Fittings: DeLaval cubicle CC1800 with rubber mattresses Ventilation: Open ridge vents, self-ventilation Size of barn: 25 m x 48 m Construction year: 2003 Construction costs: SEK 8.2 million including manure container as well as horizontal silo. Cost/place: SEK 57,000 Recruitment barn: New barn for recruitment are under construction. Cubicles as well as channel formed by feeder table. Deep bedding for livestock up to 6 months. Erik Larsson’s views: "1. Choosing VMS was absolutely right. We have gained more flexible work and greater freedom. 2. Poured asphalt in the manure channels has been good, no spot damage, but after 5 years we intend to switch to rubber mats.” New VMS barn at Mälhammar Gård (Mälhammar Farm), Kvicksund VMS = Voluntary Milking System Information about the farm Visitors’ room The visitor’s room with separate entrance is under construction. Name of farm: Mälhammar Gård Number of cows: 150 Owners: Peter och Erik Larsson Yield: 9 500 kg ECM Address: Mälhammar Gård, SE - 640 45 Kvicksund Recruitment: 150 animals Number of milkings / day / cow: 2.7 Milk volume / day / cow: 31 kg Number of inseminations/gestation: 1.7 Calving interval: 12.5 months Age of heifers at calving: 26 months Contact person: Direction to the farm From Stockholm: Take the E20 towards Eskilstuna. After Eskilstuna take the turning towards Västerås. At the roundabout, head straight towards Tunbo. After approx. 3 km, pass the church on the left. Head left at the signpost for Västerby. After the viaduct, turn right. Continue down this road for approx. 3 km and you are there. För mer information om utrustning för mjölkproduktion se: www.delaval.se (från Sverige) www.delaval.com (från utlandet) © 2008 DeLaval International AB Layout: Gösta Andersson Production: Anna Falkenstedt Milk production Area: Peter Larsson 160 hectares (395 acres) + 100 hectares (247 acres) of pasture, own as well as leased land 100 hectare (272 acres) of forest Plan of VMS barn at Mälhammar, Kvicksund New-born calves to calf hutch, after 3 weeks they are moved to the calf feeder area. Bedding unit, mixed wood shavings as well as 33% turf litter. New recruitment stalls under construction. Deep bedding boxes for livestock up to six months, thereafter cubicles. Bedding and feed preparation space Interior of the barn. Maria Ahlin pleased with the VMS milkings. Marika Peter Maria and Peter see high value in the individual follow-up/cow. The feed table with belt feed distributor. Peter Larsson has efficiently solved the bedding work. Loading roughage into the mixer. Milk tank DXCE 8,600 litres.