Oct. 27 2020
We have been blessed with gorgeous fall weather in Oregon the last couple of weeks
Oct. 22 2020
“We have to ask for practical use, is it helpful? Does the farmer know more after consulting the system than he or she did before? Of course, we want perfect sensor systems, but we have to use the...
Oct. 1 2020
As many of you know, we switched to a robotic milking system last November. When we made the change, we had a pretty good idea of how things would go initially
Sept. 21 2020
Automatic milking systems continue to grow in popularity as they provide benefits in improved cow health and more behavioral freedom, detailed Trevor DeVries of the University of Guelph
Aug. 17 2020
The number of daily visits a cow makes to an automated milking system has a notable impact on overall milk production
Feb. 20 2020
We have been milking with robots for three months now. The months of construction as well as the retraining of cows were both stressful and labor intensive
Jan. 9 2020
It’s been a while since we have written a blog as we have been busy starting up our milking robots
Oct. 31 2019
It is an exciting time here at the farm. The finishing touches are being made to get the robots ready to milk our cows starting next Tuesday
Oct. 10 2019
Living in the mid-section of the country comes with the ease of traveling to World Dairy Expo. For nearly two decades, I have made my way to Madison, Wis., during the first week of October...
Aug. 26 2019
Milking robots offer a number of advantages. An automatic milking system (AMS) tends to boost production, reduce labor, and provide valuable data to help with day-to-day herd management
Aug. 12 2019
When it first debuted in the states nearly two decades ago, robotic milking came with a steep learning curve
July 11 2019
During this robotic transition, Dad has written several blogs about what all is going on around the farm preparing for startup
June 27 2019
The robot construction on our farm is well underway, and there are not enough hours in a day for all that needs completing before the first cow is milked
June 24 2019
Overall, robotic milking systems tend to boost milk production
May 15 2019
When we started thinking about robotic milking, I had to look outside our region of the U.S. for ideas
May 2 2019
Things are moving along on the farm. The concrete has been poured. All five of our robots have been set in place. The walls are beginning to go up on our building
March 21 2019
We finally placed two robots in our new main robot barn this week. A little over two years ago at the Western Dairy Management Conference, I was sitting at a table talking to two dairymen from Wisconsin
March 4 2019
The potential benefits that robotic milking brings to the farm are becoming more clear — improved milk production, reduced labor costs, and enhanced reproduction
Nov. 19 2018
“What’s it worth to me?” That is a common question asked when making any high-value purchase
Aug. 24 2018
Uncertain times in the dairy world make our road to robotic milking scary, but here we go. We are finally finished with our plans to add robots on the sides of our conventional freestall flush barn