Willie field day features robotic milkers and automatic calf feeders

St. Cloud,Minn. (7/30/2015) – University of Minnesota Extension will be holding a summer field day at Willie Dairy, 23660 Wheeler Lake road, Detroit Lakes MN on August 11. Registration begins at 10:30 am with the program starting at 11:00 and concluding with lunch at 1:00.

Willie dairy consists of Brian and Aaron dairy and their families. They are using some of the latest in dairy automation. In August 2014 they started milking their cows with an AMS Galazy double box robot that was retrofitted into their existing free stall barn. This summer they also installed Urban automatic calf feeders to automatically feed milk to the baby calves. These technologies have improved labor efficiency and flexibility.

Aaron will discuss why they installed these technologies and how they have improved their families lifestyle. University of Minnesota Extension personnel will discuss considerations when signing up for MPP for 2016.

This program is supported by Minnesota Dairy Initiative. Lunch will be provided and is sponsored by Dairyland Equipment of Menahga, Bremer Bank in Detroit Lakes and West Central MDI. There is no charge for attending. For more information contact Jim Salfer at (320) 203-6093 or salfe001@umn.edu.

Source: Jim Salfer, Extension educator dairy systems, U of M Extension Regional Office, St. Cloud— 320.203.6093,salfe001@umn.edu

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