ISU Extension Offers Tours of Robotic Milkers

Are you looking to tour a robotic dairy farm? Would you like to see how they work in person? If so, you’re in luck because ISU Extension is offering a tour of robotic milkers in June.

ISU Extension has the full tour, as well as directions to each farm, listed on their website. The following is an excerpt from ISU Extension:

What seemed like a technology that was only a dream a few years ago continues to make progress in Iowa and neighboring states.  Robotic milking systems can be customized to the needs of each cow resulting in quality milk production.  This automation frees up farmers to focus on other aspects of their farming operation and family activities.

For producers looking to become more familiar with robotic milking and possibly adopting robotic milking technology, ISU Extension (along with MN, IL and WI) is leading tours for producers to visit current robotic installations.

Tours will stop at a number of farms, including the following operations with Lely’s robotic milking technology:

  • June 7, 10 am – South Wayne, WI, Jack Wiegel Farm
  • June 14, 9:30 am – Monona, IA,  Mark and Sandra Ehrhardt Farm
  • June 14, 1:30 pm – Caledonia, MN, Heintz Badger Valley Farm, Doug and Julie Heintz
  • June 15, 10:30 am – Buffalo Center, IA, Hawktree Dairy/Mike Bauman
  • June 15, 1:00 pm – Buffalo Center, IA, Stacey’s Dairy/Bruce Meinders

For more information regarding these tours, please contact ISU Extension Dairy Specialists Larry Tranel at 563-583-6496 or Jenn Bentley at 563-382-2949.

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