The Dieball family started milking in 1956, and in November, 2018, they converted to robotic milking with 3 Lely A4 Astronauts in their new barn.

Jim from Dieball Dairy said of these milking robots: “We've achieved everything we were hoping for, plus a lot more! And, the cows love them. If the robots leave the farm, the cows will be leaving right behind them."

On July 15, Dieball Dairy (near Green Isle, MN) welcomed local farmers and community members for a tour day sponsored by University of Minnesota Extension and Minnesota Dairy Initiative. Attendees were able to see some happy and content cows as they visited the robots in their cross-ventilated 'home'—even on a very hot day, they were comfortable! Congratulations to a great dairy family for a fun, successful event on your farm!

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