Wisconsin State Farmer writer Gloria Hafemeister featured Ed and Julie (Orchard) Bacon in an article following the recent Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin (PDPW) Dairy Technology Tours. Read this excerpt.
The 2012 marriage of Ed Bacon and Julie Orchard not only brought together two people but two herds of cows: Bacon's Rolling Acres Holsteins and Gurn-Z Meadow Guernseys.
To accommodate the 120 head, the couple built a new 130-cow freestall facility and installed two Lely Astronaut A4 robotic milkers that have been operating for a year now.
The couple shared their experiences of combining the herds and learning the robotic management system when they hosted a Dairy Technology tour, sponsored by Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin.
When it comes to technology, the couple didn't stop with just the robotic milking; they also added a Juno feed pusher, the Luna cow brushes and the Lely Qwes-HR monitoring system and automatic alley scrapers.
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