Joanmarie Weiss
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Keeping Communication our Number 1 Priority

Posted on August 18, 2011 at 3:16pm 0 Comments

     We've been milking with "Johann LELY" for two months now.  The cows are well-adjusted to the new equipment.  Our family has had some challenges: it turns out we are creatures of habit, too!

     I've been trying to put my finger on just what it is that is making our family different since the robot was installed...  A few days ago we had a meeting with our LELY rep and we've got it at least partly figured out.

     See, milking cows two times a day in the stanchion barn…


Johann LELY has reported to work

Posted on June 15, 2011 at 8:56am 2 Comments

        We started milking with our LELY automated system yesterday evening at 4:30p.m. and at 4:00 a.m. we had put all 61 cows through the robot once.  There is a big learning curve, but the calmness of our cows has been commented on by the LELY trainees.  It is exciting.  The barn has fit well into our existing exercise yard for the cows.  Its a 24/3 training session, then we can see how it goes on their own on the 4th day.

        Lots of people came to check it out, and our son's…


Robot barn progressing well, anyone got extra transponders?

Posted on May 22, 2011 at 10:30am 1 Comment

      The rain keeps us out of the fields, but does not slow down the robot barn building too much.  In fact, the building project keeps our minds diverted from thinking about how far behind we are in field work... We did mow some hay yesterday and will chop tomorrow if all goes well.  (It looks like rain right now, but maybe it will go around us)



Friday the 13th bodes well

Posted on May 13, 2011 at 6:37am 1 Comment


        Yesterday at lunch we got a phone call from Iowa informing us our LELY was on a truck and ready to "immigrate" to Michigan.  (I am thinking of this whole venture in terms of history , my college major...What would Johann Leonhard…


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