Wellesley dairy systems company services more than just milk

Advanced Dairy Systems services the maple syrup, beer, and cider industries with the occasional trip to kangaroo country.

  • Business   Mon, Mar 22nd, 2021   Gary West
Carl Shady's company, Advanced Dairy Systems, has seen a bump up in business since the pandemic started. (Photo: Gary West)

Carl Shady's company, Advanced Dairy Systems, has seen a bump up in business since the pandemic started. (Photo: Gary West)

A progressive, agricultural business just west of Wellesley, has been busier than ever this year, updating farms in the Waterloo -Wellington, Perth and Oxford County areas with modern, milking systems

Owner Carl Shady, of Advanced Dairy Systems, has spent 47 years in the dairy milking equipment business and has seen many changes due to COVID-19 protocols. His 19 employees are tasked with many operations that include going on farms, so they are expected to sign in and out for contact tracing purposes and wear plastic boots and masks to prevent any disease spread. Those coming to their business are required to do the same. 

Shady took over the business from the late Lloyd Debus with the Boumatic line of milking products that Lloyd installed starting in 1954.

"Customer service has been our number one priority to the dairy industry and it now includes installing and servicing robots, installing stabling and water beds, ventilation and also involved in designing barns," said Shady.

They sell and service Boumatic milking equipment but are always prepared to repair any make or model of milking system when asked. Their customer base includes some 500 accounts and growing as pandemic-bound farmers invest money into their operations.

In the last number of years feed pushers for free-stall barns have become a large item of sale and Shady is proud to have developed an independent calf feeding system sold throughout Canada and the U.S. that includes his own invention of heating the milk or water through what he calls a warm box.

"Our biggest challenge has been to hire good people that want to work and make good decisions whether it be refrigeration or welding or the installation of much of  our equipment," he said.

Some of their jobs have also included maintenance and repairs on micro-breweries throughout Ontario. Closer to home, they've done most of the refrigeration work for the Wellesley Apple Cider Mill. In the spring time they service many of the maple syrup pumps in bushes throughout the area. One out-of-the-box job was at the the African Lions Safari, south of Cambridge, where Shady installed ventilation and fans in the animal enclosures. Working around the kangaroos and giraffes required extra regulations and protocols.

After speaking with the ambitious entrepreneur and learning the scope of his work, a twist on an old phrase comes to mind. Carl Shady: "Jack of all trades and master of ALL."