Yesterday we featured an article from Macy Sarbacker, Agri-View Dairy Editor, who attended the Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin (PDPW) Dairy Technology Tours last week. Today, we feature a second article. This one is on York Dairy.
Read this excerpt:
From hand-milking to robotics, the York family has seen it all.
In 1951, Walter and Mary York were married and started milking cows in Lake Geneva.
Today, Walter and Mary’s son and daughter-in-law, Tom and Carty own and operate York Dairy. York Dairy milks 240 Jersey cows with four Lely A4 robotic milkers. Tom and Carty built their new facility on family land where an old dairy barn once stood.
The York family farms 190 acres, raising their own forage and purchasing their own grain. Tom’s parents are still involved with the operation, owning the 133 acres on which the dairy is located and visiting the dairy daily to feed and care for calves.
The average cow at York dairy visits the robot 3.1 times per day. Average milk production per cow is 57 pounds.
Cows are housed in a six-row freestall building that is 157 feet by 216 feet. This facility is tunnel ventilated with 36 fans moving air through the barn.
The barn is insulated and never dropped below 40 degrees even during last year’s harsh winter.
Some other technologies that the York family uses are a robotic feed pusher and cable alley scrapers.
Read the entire article here.