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Minnesota leads country

By: Sheila Crowley, staff writer

November 20, 2013

   The cow steps into the stall where a robotic arm cleans and then attaches the milker while the cow eats. 
 MURRAY COUNTY NEWS / Sheila Crowley
MURRAY COUNTY NEWS / Sheila Crowley
The cow steps into the stall where a robotic arm cleans and then attaches the milker while the cow eats.
Robotic milking
A new wave of milking strategy has taken a hold in the state of Minnesota. Even though robotic milking has been in existence in Europe for the past 20 years, it was first introduced to the United States in 2006. Since that time, Minnesota has become the leading state in the number of robotic operations.

This past Tuesday members from the Murray County Commissioners along with banking officials had a front seat learning about this new type of milking operation.

Meeting at the Pizza Ranch in Slayton the group heard from the University of Minnesota extension service on operational costs along with pros and cons involving robots in milking.

The biggest draw-back according to Jim Salfer, U of M dairy specialist, is the cost. However statistics show that automation can help producers achieve optimal results while monitoring the herd effectively.

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