Agri-View Dairy Editor Macy Sarbacker attended the Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin (PDPW) Dairy Technology Tours. Here is one more article from those tours featuring Tom and Jennifer Leedle of Lake Geneva.
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Tom and Jennifer Leedle, along with their daughter Kristin and son Jason and his wife Lindsay own and operate Leedle Farms-Black Cat Dairy in Lake Geneva.
The Leedle family milks 470 cows and farms 900 acres. When Tom and Jennifer’s son Jason decided to join the family business, the parlor and barn were in need of renovations. The family decided that the best answer was to build a new barn and invest in robotic milkers.
In 2012, the Leedle family installed eight A4 Lely robotic milkers that track box time, visits per cow per day, refusals, failures, attachment times, conductivity, fat, protein, let down time per robot, free time per robot and rumination minutes.
The average milk production for Leedle Farms-Black Cat Dairy is 78 pounds per cow per day, which averages out to 3.1 milkings per day for the herd.
The new barn at Leedle Farms-Black Cat Dairy is 232 feet by 234 feet and includes calving-hospital pens, an office and a 12-foot deep manure pit under the entire new building.
Read the entire article here.