Robots are doing the milking on one area dairy farm

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Robots down on the farm? That's the case for one bloomer dairy farm. They don't have people doing the milking...they have two robots.

If the Jetsons had a dairy farm they would probably have a machine like this milking their cows, but this is the Seibel farm

"A lot of the older generation thought they wouldn't ever see something like this. Ya know cows getting milked in this way"

From the outside you would think this is like any other dairy farm but all the milking of the more than 100 cows is done by two of these robots.

"Around the clock whenever a cow wants come in and get milked...a cow gets milked."

Adam Seibel helps run the family farm, Seibel’s Organic Dairy, and says each cow gets identified by a tag which is how the robot knows exactly where the udder is on the cow. A computer controlled gate will cycle the cows through every four hours.

"We first heard about them 5 or 6 years ago. They started coming to the United States and different farms started putting them in. We've kind of been researching them the last several years before we put them in."

Robotic milkers have been in Europe since the early 90s and Seibel says more are robots are popping up on area farms.

"There are a few others up in this area with different dealers so it's becoming a more popular thing."

He says the initial set up was expensive but now there isn't a cost for labor.

"We feel it will be a very good investment over time. We're hoping in the course of 10 years to have everything paid for."

Since December 1st when this technology was installed, Seibel says milk production has gone up 5 to 10 percent. Seibel says the only disadvantage would be if he wanted to expand the number of cows on his farm.

"Each robot can only milk a certain number of cows. So if you want to expand you have to add say 6 more cows with another robot. You can’t just plug 10 more cows in," explains Seibel.



 
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