Located a few minutes out of Matamata we find a family-operated goat farm run by Wiebe Smitstra.
Wiebe and his family began milking in 1994 and currently run a goat farm on 90 hectares in the Waikato area. He has a herd of 1500 goats on the property and is milking a group of 1200 goats twice a day.
After repeatedly experiencing sore legs and feeling fatigued during and after milking, Wiebe began looking for solutions that could improve the milking by creating a more comfortable environment and reducing the toll that the hard concrete pit surface was taking on the body. He approached NumatAGRI for a rubber surfacing solution that would be comfortable to stand on for long periods of time, would last in the high traffic environment and would be easy to clean.
He made an order of Ergomats that were quickly installed in his pit and has never looked back.
Wiebe saw an immediate difference after installing pit matting in his shed. Like many other farmers, his one complaint is not having installed rubber mats earlier. The new surface has changed the game for him and his milkers.