This week, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, the Northeast Iowa Dairy Foundation and Northeast Iowa Community College collaborated to offer the annual Midwest Dairy School for dairy producers, students, lenders and industry persons. This year the Midwest Dairy School provided more in-depth information on robotic milking systems specifically with research and nutrition.
Marcia Endres, University of Minnesota Associate Professor and Extension Dairy Scientist, shared her findings from her research study on 52 dairy farms in Minnesota and Wisconsin that use robotic milking systems. Participants were then able to visit an active robotic milking system at Iowa’s Robotic Dairy Center.
Lely has been proud to support the efforts of Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) and Iowa’s Dairy Center. Lely and Fitzgerald, Inc., the local Lely Center in Elkader, IA have worked closely with officials at NICC to give students, facility and staff access to the latest technology for the dairy industry. The robotic milking facility located south of the NICC campus in Calmar, IA is equipped with two Lely Astronaut A4 robotic milking machines, five Lely Luna cow brushes, a Lely Juno automatic feed pusher and a Lely Discovery mobile barn cleaner. It serves students enrolled in dairy science, large animal veterinary technician, pre-veterinary medicine and other agricultural programs.
Watch this video on the middle of this web page to see all the Lely products in action at Iowa’s Dairy Center.