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Dairy farm shows off robotic milking technology

Wells Dairy shows off robotic milking technology
Wells Dairy shows off robotic milking technology
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The Wells family, of Milton, Iowa, is hosting an open house Saturday morning to show off their new milking robots on the dairy farm.

KTVO spoke with Co-Owner Jason Wells about some of the benefits of the robotic milking process.

"First time through, we put on a collar, so when she walks in, it identifies her at the feed bowl, and then there is an arm that brushes off the utters and then it'll have lasers to attach to the milker, and it keeps a record of the utter and the teat placement for milking and it changes over time because when the cows gets full, the machine sucks the milk out and the pouch starts to go down."

Wells also told us about some future technology he'd like to see on the farm.

"Probably one thing I'd say in the next 5 years will be that they make a robotic manure scraper, and that's something that we still have to do with labor to now with the skid loader, but so that's something that's out there and we're just kind of waiting for the bugs get worked."

Some of the other technology Wells is excited about potentially seeing includes a calf feeder and a robotic sweeper.

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The open house is 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Wells Dairy Farm.

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