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 13 2022
The advancements in dairying the past few decades have been impressive, and with technology, the changes will keep coming faster
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...
March 8 2021
While automated milking systems sound appealing in many aspects, it takes careful consideration to determine if robotics are the right fit for a dairy
Jan. 28 2021
It can be difficult to let a building sit idle that has plenty of useful life yet. For farms looking to make the switch to robotic milking, a barn retrofit might be possible, but a few questions must...
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