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Automatic Milking Systems Tours Feature Precision Management
AMES, Iowa – The number of automatic milking systems used in dairy operations continues to increase with over five percent of farms now milking with robots.
The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach dairy team will present a first-hand look at how fellow dairy farmers are managing automatic milking systems in new or retrofit facilities. Areas of focus will be facilities, economics and overall management of automatic milking systems.
Nine dairy facilities in northeast and eastern Iowa will be visited as a part of the tour. Two sites will be visited each day on October 23, November 5, November 13, and three sites on November 14.
Tuesday, October 23
JoLane Dairy, 13254 Hickory Ave., Monona, IA
2 Lely robots installed in 2013
Frieden Dairy, 19731/19733 Abbey Rd., Elgin, IA
3 Lely robots installed in 2017
Monday, November 5
Mike and Kathleen Scott, 12402 R. Ave., Westgate, IA
2 Lely robots installed in 2016
New Day Dairy, 31000 175th Street, Clarksville, IA
2 Insentec Galaxy installed in 2015
Tuesday, November 13
Koopman Bros., Chad & Brent, 7242 Koopman Road, Epworth, IA
2 Lely robots installed in 2015
Todd Moser, 30215 370th Street, Colesburg, IA
2 DeLaval robots installed in 2016
Wednesday, November 14
Mark Hosch, 2374 County Road D61, Bernard, IA
3 Lely robots installed in 2012-14
Green Bros., Mel & Ed, 7820 St. Joe Prarie Road, Dubuque, IA
2 Lely robots installed in 2012
Bill and Jeff Lawler, 18655 Old Hwy Road, Peosta, IA
4 Lely robots installed in 2013
Each tour is open to the public, no preregistration is required and travel between farms is on your own. For more information, contact Jenn Bentley at email@example.com or 563-382-2949 or Larry Tranel at 563-563-583-6496 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Read more about Automatic Milking Systems Tours Feature Precision Management
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