This week’s Featured Foodie is Dairy Farmer Kent Rennie!
We visited the Dock Road Dairy Farm in Union, on the North Cape Coastal Drive last fall and after being greeted by the family dog, we chatted with Dairy Farmer Kent Rennie. After a devastating fire in November 2013 that levelled his dairy barn and claimed most of his herd, Kent Rennie rebuilt this new and absolutely beautiful facility. It was so clean and the cows were so comfortable and relaxed. The new operation is a 100 cow free-stall barn, controlled by robotics that work 24 hours a day.
We had a tour of the barn, and we watched the cows use the robotic milker. They love it and are always trying to sneak a few extra goes with the milker. The machine knows they are not ready to be milked and the gate opens and gently pushes them out. Nice try Bessy! It was really comical. Enticed by feed, the cows line up and one by one step into the milker. The milker can hold two cows at a time. The teacups are then washed after each cow is milked by the milker and disinfected to avoid cross-contamination.
While we were there we got to see the birth of a new calf. It was incredible to see Kent so calm and quiet about it all as he helped the cow with the birth.
Just another day in the life of a farmer. It was a wonderful thing to get to experience.
Where would we all be without our great farmers? Thank you Kent!