July 16 2018
The veterinarian who started a cooperative, partners with Coca-Cola in a hit milk product, and operates perhaps the biggest agro tourism site in the U.S., sees a dairy future filled with milking robots
April 30 2018
Fred and Ethel are the newest and most consistent employees at Jones Farms in Stevinson, Calif. They never miss a milking shift and they follow every protocol with every cow
April 25 2018
It’s been estimated that 2 percent of America’s cows are now milked with robots. That number climbs to nearly 15 percent when looking north of the border
Jan. 23 2018
Robots helped us change the way we dairy, and we wouldn’t go back
Jan. 11 2018
We have learned that having 1-, 3-, 5-, and 10-year goals keeps us motivated. This has helped us stay at the forefront of the always-evolving dairy industry.
Sept. 10 2017
In 2000, the first pair of milking robots, known to bureaucrats as Automated Milking Systems (AMS), began milking cows on a commercial dairy farm in the U.S. But don’t tell the Food and Drug A
July 25 2017
Six months in, robots are a decision I would make again. My advice – be open to learning.
July 3 2017
For dairy farmer Jason Troyer, of RJT Dairy Farm in Centerville, Pa., the transition to the use of an automated milking system in 2015 was just a step in the robotic milking journey
June 12 2017
“We still have a lot to learn, but I don’t think there can ever be too much data,” commented Chaney’s Dairy Farm’s Dore Baker at the recent Precision Dairy Conference in Lexington,...
June 2 2017
There has been so much going on around the farm I couldn’t choose a topic to write about, so I’m going to update y’all on a few things
April 17 2017
In 2000, the first pair of milking robots, known to many as Automated Milking Systems (AMS), were installed on a commercial dairy farm and have been milking cows ever since
Jan. 10 2017
Happy New Year! Anyone else wondering where 2016 went? For myself, I am kind of wondering where the last two years went
Jan. 3 2017
Automated Milking Installations . . . known to most in dairy circles simply as milk robots . . . are in need of some updates
Nov. 21 2016
Feeding management in robotic dairies is all about meeting the goals of the dairy. Although this is true on all dairies, the University of Minnesota’s Jim Salfer described it as especially noteworthy
Sept. 26 2016
During the 18-month study that included 53 farms, visits per day and milking speed were the two most influential cow level factors. Both of these played a determining role in the amount of milk produced...
Aug. 1 2016
Feeding consistency is difficult with robots. Automated milking systems come with advantages that include customization of both milking schedules and feeding of concentrates based on individual cows' requirements....
Oct. 6 2015
The success of a robotic milking system depends on four good feet to get each cow to the robot with ease. "Healthy feet are absolutely critical for success in robot barns," said Jack Rodenburg from DairyLogix...
July 7 2015
Kiefland Holsteins in southeastern Minnesota installed its first robotic milkers in 2011, and the family has learned a great deal in the past four years