This local producer near New Hampton, IA had first contacted Easton’s Water in the 1990’s when he was seeking a solution to retained placenta in his dairy cows. The dairy specialists and nutrition experts theorized that the high level of iron in the drinking water was a contributing factor to the problem.
Easton’s Water suggested field testing using only a water softener to determine if the iron at this farm was in a form and at a level that could be removed by a water softening alone. The commercial sized twin tank meter demand units allowed for the 24 hour per day softened water needed by this round the clock dairy operation.
After just two months the producer was pleased with the positive improvement in herd health with this iron-free softened water. Mindful of the salt costs involved in softening that quantity of water the dairyman experimented with blending the softened water with raw water prior to usage. He monitored dairy health and found the blend that achieved an iron level that was both effective for both cost and cow reproductive health.
With water use per year at this dairy rivaling that of a small community, the softeners were showing signs of age. So in 2013, the owner again turned to Easton’s Water to upgrade his equipment. A new Hellenbrand H-125 Duplex Water Softener System was installed to meet the demands of this 750 cow operation. The modular design of the internal softener components appealed to the producer as minimal down time can be tolerated for repairs at a round-the-clock dairy operation such as his.
Easton’s Water assured him that the quality and engineering in these new controls results in fewer breakdowns than is case for softeners from other companies. In addition to product integrity the dairyman is also pleased that the digital controls on the softeners monitor daily water use and flow rate data. These statistics can be retrieved from the units to identify if leaks or other problems by be occurring on the dairy farm as well as to keep track of herd consumption data.