Husband and wife duo Duane and Tina took over the family farm from Duane’s parents to continue the farming legacy of Hinchley Dairy. Located in Cambridge, Wisconsin, the operation started with a small herd and has now transitioned into Lely robots for the next generation. Anna Hinchley, their daughter, will be carrying on the heritage of the family farm with the Lely robots that allow the cows to be in control of their daily activities.
“The cows are free to do whatever they want, when they want. They can get their feed or a drink, they have the Luna brushes if they want a scratch and they can get milked,” said Anna.
In the move to dairy automation, the Hinchley family kept cow comfort top of mind, allowing more freedom for the cows and themselves.
Maximizing Milking and Feeding Efficiency with Lely Machinery
When most think about dairy farms, cows and milking come to mind. But other day-to-day tasks take up a lot of valuable time, too.
“There’s a lot more that goes on with dairy farming than just milking the cows,” said Anna.
Anna wanted to use her recent college education to improve the family operation and emphasize areas other than milking.
“I wanted to focus on the cow comfort and cow health aspect of it.”
Anna has been able to manage her family’s operation from the palm of her hand.
“The technology from Lely robots can be accessed through my phone. I look at the udder health report to see if there are any mastitis issues or abnormal milk,” said Anna.
Saving time on milking and monitoring cows allows the Hinchley family to put more time into their farm tours.