The world is always changing and dairy farming is no exception to that rule. Among the most fascinating developments over the last decade has been the spread of robotic milking machines that provide efficiency for the farmer and great care of the cows. Bill Kilcer was an early adopter of this cutting edge technology, which has enabled him to keep farming as he ages. Robotic milking systems are helping many dairy farms stay in business.
With the help of robots, each cow in the herd can choose to be milked basically on her desired schedule and, each time, weight and temperature are checked keeping a thorough health record. Windstott cows also have constant access to brushes so they never have an itch they can’t scratch. They even have waterbeds. Dairy farmers and others have come from all over to tour the farm and learn about this system.