The future of health could be 'udderly' amazing
May 16, 2019 | Deloitte
When it comes to the future of health, it seems that cows (yes, cows!) might be a couple hoof-steps ahead of people. Fergal and Aisling have 70+ cows, a bull named Billy, and a robotic system that lets cows milk themselves…day or night. Each cow wears a radio-frequency identification (RFID)-equipped collar that triggers the milking station’s metal gate to swing open whenever she is ready to be milked.
Robots revolutionize local dairy industry
May 7, 2019 | Local News 8
There have been a number of science fiction movies where robots take over the world. That hasn’t happened yet, but robots are taking over parts of the dairy industry with dramatic results. Nestled in the hills of Franklin, Idaho is the Hobbs Dairy Circle 7 Ranch. Owner Troy Hobbs has seen lots of technological advancements in the industry since he was a kid on this farm. Last year he invested in the most advanced technology yet -- robots.
Pros and cons of four different robot configurations
March 25, 2019 | Progressive Dairymen
Whether you are building a new barn or retrofitting an existing structure, deciding on the proper robot layout is a critical yet enjoyable process. There are several different options and configurations to select from, but it is important the design you choose aligns with your long-term goals and management strategies.
Robotics help dairies more closely monitor cows, address labor shortage
March 14, 2019 | MagicValley.com
Heglar Creek Dairy’s robotic barn has been up and running for three months, and the cows are already milking it for all it’s worth. They check in regularly with the Lely Astronaut milking robot, which scans their collars and dispenses treats. The dairy cows lean against automated back-scratching brushes for stress relief. And they even sleep on water beds in a climate-controlled barn. It’s one of only two dairies of its kind in southern Idaho, but the idea is catching on.
Making grazing work with robots
March 11, 2019 | Progressive Dairyman
As automated and voluntary milking systems, more commonly referred to as robots, surge in popularity, so does the interest in using such technology in a grazing-based dairy operation. Howard Straub III, manager of the Pasture Dairy Center at Michigan State University, shared his experiences and insights on managing pastures with cows in an automated milking system in a January webinar presented by Penn State Extension’s Dairy Grazing Management Guide.
Henschel’s new robotic barn saves labor, improves family quality of life
February 13, 2019 | Wisconsin State Farmer
Wisconsin dairy farmers are well known for their resilience and perseverance in overcoming challenges and even adversity. Jeff and Diana Henschel, who farm in central Waupaca County, have persevered despite two barn fires in 2002, to modernize and expand their operation that now includes a new state-of-the-art robotic milking barn.
Robots bring beneficial cost savings to Majestic Crossing Dairy
February 5, 2019 | Progressive Dairymen
Traditionally, success for automated milking has been measured by increased milk and reduced labor. One full year after starting up robots, Majestic Crossing Dairy is finding additional value in this investment through savings in hoof trimming, mastitis treatments and water use.