Dairy producers often seek guidance on obtaining financing for automation. We asked one of our industry partners to help answer many questions we receive.
Remember Willie Nelson’s hit song On the Road Again? That’s the marketing team’s theme lately visiting three farms in Indiana, Minnesota and Ontario in June. Strangely, or perhaps appropriately, I heard On the Road Again at least 10 times (no exaggeration) during the two hour trek from Toronto to visit Todd Holm and family in Elmwood, Ontario, a hamlet of 50 people. Todd, a fifth generation dairy farmer, operates Holmdale Farms, what I call a red barn, with three Astronaut A4 automated milking systems, a Discovery barn cleaner, two Calm calf feeders, a Vector automated feeding system and three Walkway foot baths.
Ashley Messing-Kennedy is a mother, wife, millennial, dairy farmer, blogger, agricultural advocate and owner of several Lely robots. Kennedy, along with her husband and daughter, are the third generation on their family’s dairy farm near Bad Axe, Michigan.