Dec. 8 2022
The one question I get asked the most as a robotic dairy farmer is this: How many cows can you run per robot? This is such a loaded question to me. I can dissect this one question into many diffe
Oct. 31 2022
It can be so easy to get wrapped up caring for the “problem cows,” but our average animals also deserve attention and some true appreciation
Sept. 30 2022
When it comes to milk quality, there are details I can see now that I couldn’t before we had our voluntary milking system
Sept. 16 2022
Milking in both our parlor and with the robots provided some benefits, but certain costs recently led us back to milking exclusively with one system
July 21 2022
Many factors contribute to positive results when managing cows in an automated milking system
April 18 2022
With tight labor markets and constantly improving technology, there has been an exponential adoption of automated milking systems (AMS) throughout North America
April 14 2022
When we make adjustments on the farm, some are more successful than others, but we are continually learning and improving the herd
April 13 2022
The advancements in dairying the past few decades have been impressive, and with technology, the changes will keep coming faster
March 31 2022
A first lactation heifer’s initial experience in a voluntary milking system or robot is so important to the cow and the farmer
Feb. 7 2022
“We have been mechanically milking cows for over 100 years, but the first robotic attachment of a teat cup first occurred in 1985,” shared Kristy Campbell at the 61st National Mastitis Council...
Feb. 4 2022
Everything works smoother with our automated milking systems when we stay on schedule with our cleaning and maintenance
Dec. 30 2021
Automatic milking systems (AMS) have taken off for the same reason many technologies do — they save labor. A repetitive task like milking is a good job for robots
Nov. 24 2021
“We don’t have robot cows and nonrobot cows,” Cornell’s Paul Virkler said as way of introducing his comments during the November 17 Hoard’s Dairyman DairyLivestream. “Cows...
July 26 2021
University of Guelph’s Trevor DeVries talked specifically about automation in the area of feed mixing and delivery during the Precision Dairy Conference
April 8 2021
Prior to moving his cows to their new home, Alan Waybright made a few fairly modest changes to the facilities that paid back quickly. He shared his most beneficial modifications during a Center for Dairy...
March 4 2021
Before we made the actual purchase of our voluntary milking systems, we went and looked at many different farms that had them. We wanted to see the pros and cons and how the herds were managed
Feb. 5 2021
The other night, our robotic milkers called 36 times with one alarm or another. My dad got an early start on morning milking simply because he had been up since 11 p.m. the night prior tending to the robots
Aug. 11 2020
Feeding and management for robotic milking system success was presented by Jim Salfer, University of Minnesota Extension
March 2 2020
Along with nearly every industry in the country, dairy has welcomed robotic technologies and artificial intelligence into the workplace in hopes of stemming labor shortages
Oct. 25 2019
As new technologies emerge, milking cows robotically continues to gain interest and adoption, but there’s a gap between research and farm level application