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.
Dry and transition cows are inevitable on a dairy farm. Resources are available on this page that cover feeding and managing dry cows, vaccination protocols and programs, transition cow facilities, calving process and assistance, day of calving procedures, and transition cow troubleshooting.