CubicFarms announces $2.7M in HydroGreen sales commitment in B.C.
by CM Staff
In aggregate, HydroGreen CanWest has committed to an initial 18 HydroGreen Grow System modules under contract by the end of 2022.
VANCOUVER — CubicFarm® Systems Corp., a company involved in local chain ag tech, announced a new HydroGreen Certified Dealer with initial sales commitments valued at CAD$2.7 million. Total sales commitments to date from the HydroGreen Certified Dealer Network include over 98 modules in 2022, valued at over CAD$20.2 million.
The new dealer, HydroGreen CanWest, is a 50/50 joint venture between Bill Vanderkooi, MSc., founder of Nutriva and owner of Nutritech Solutions, a livestock technology company, and Ryan de Lange, owner of J&D Farmers Dairy Service, a supplier of dairy automation technology. HydroGreen CanWest signed a letter of intent (LOI) to become a member of the HydroGreen Certified Dealer Network. In aggregate, HydroGreen CanWest has committed to an initial 18 HydroGreen Grow System modules under contract by the end of 2022.
An experienced dairy owner and operator, Bill Vanderkooi installed the first HydroGreen Grow System in Canada in 2018 and has since expanded to four systems at the EcoDairy in Abbotsford, British Columbia. “Installation and integration with HydroGreen were easy,” said Vanderkooi. “The EcoDairy feed supply is consistent and reliable, every day. Beef cattle finish better and earlier, and dairy cows perform better when fed HydroGreen feed.”
The EcoDairy is known for showcasing technologies contributing toward a net-zero emissions future for farms. Underscored by the recommendations of forward-thinking early adopters, the EcoDairy is a working dairy farm featuring automated robot milking devices, a green energy solution digester, and the HydroGreen indoor fresh livestock feed growing solution.
“Ongoing research trials are underway on the nutrition, health, and wellbeing of grass-fed beef and dairy cows,” said Vanderkooi. “We’re looking at replacing grain and/or forage in the dairy herd, analyzing milk yield, and overall animal health and performance. Things like reproductive performance on the dairy side has a lot of promise and ongoing trials are showing the difference between cows fed HydroGreen or not.”
“Canadian farmers were using robots to milk cows before most people had desktop computers,” said Dave Dinesen, Chief Executive Officer, CubicFarms. “Farmers need the latest innovations in technology to continue growing profitably and sustainably. With the powerful combination of Bill’s direct experience growing with HydroGreen and Ryan’s leadership in implementing innovative on farm solutions, we’re confident HydroGreen CanWest will successfully bring this indoor growing technology solution to new customers in the beef and dairy industries in this part of the world where it is so needed.”