Milk production per cow has increased more than 50 percent over the past three decades in California, according to the California Department of Food and Agriculture, and dairy farms like Johann Dairy are helping lead the charge. The Fresno-based dairy farm focuses on quality, rather than quantity, according to owner and operator John Verwey.
“We get higher production out of better cows,” Verwey says.whe
And in order to keep the cows and their habitats in pristine shape, John Deere equipment leads the way. Johann Dairy utilizes three large Deere wheel loaders that run up to 16 hours per day, mainly moving feed. On top of that, the John Deere 332G Skid Steer takes care of tasks such as hauling manure, cleaning up around fence lines, sweeping, and installing fence posts.
Making the Decision to Turn to Deere
Verwey ultimately turned to the John Deere 332G Skid Steer when he realized how easy it was to service.
“This is the number-one thing I look for in smaller equipment because we do all our own maintenance,” he said. “When I saw how easy it is to remove the back panels and lift up the cab, I knew it was the machine for us. And we’ve had it for a little over a year, and we haven’t had any breakdowns on it yet. We’ve owned many brands of equipment, and we seem to put the most hours in with the least amount of problems with a John Deere.”
Its compatibility with buckets, forks, augers, and broom attachments essentially makes the John Deere 332G another dependable farmhand.
“With all these different attachments, you can do so much with the machine,” says Verway. “It used to take four guys two or three days to clean fence lines. With a skid steer, it might take only half a day to a day. Sweeping out a large area would take a guy all day. Now we can do it in an hour. If we only run the skid steer half a day, we might save several days in physical labor. It pays for itself.”
A Closer Look at the 332G Skid Steer
The John Deere 332G Skid Steer has a Final Tier 4/EU Stage IV diesel engine that packs plenty of power on the job. It is compatible with a 90-inch bucket and has three-way switchable controls between the EH foot, ISO joystick or H-pattern joystick modes for ease of use.
If you have any questions about the John Deere 332G Skid Steer, you can contact your local John Deere dealer.