The big day was there on Wednesday the 1st of March: The Dee’s Open Farm Day!
The day kicked off at 10AM with people arriving from around Victoria and beyond, all eager to witness the first robotic compost barn in the state. Sue and her team began serving coffee to ensure everyone had enough energy to make it through the day. At around 10:30, Mark Dee introduced himself and the rest of the family before giving a brief introduction to the setup.
From there, the attendees were split into four groups, each led by one of our team members and a member of the Dee family. The groups walked to one of four stations which they rotated between. Every station covered a different aspect of the dairy farm and provided people with a well rounded idea of how it all works. One station gave an overview of the barn layout, another covered the robots themselves, another delved into Lely’s data collection system Horizon the impact it had on production and the final station detailed the feeding side of the dairy.
After each group had visited all of these stations, everyone was gathered out the front for a barbeque, in true Aussie fashion. The Macorna North Football and Netball Club did a fantastic job providing the attendees with delicious food and drinks.
It was great to see so many people eating and getting along together during this part of the day. The open day resulted in an excellent celebration of the Dee family’s success and accomplishments with their robotic dairy farm. We are very happy to have the opportunity to show this farm to (potential) customers and interested people.
Later in the day once the attendees had left, we held a Red Cow Ceremony to officially welcome the Dee’s into the Red Cow community. A certificate and gifts were exchanged to celebrate the occasion and some really nice photos were taken as well. The entire Dee family have been lovely to work with and their story of how they came to be such an incredible family run dairy farm is inspiring. We look forward to working with them for many more years to come.