Dairy Technologies Dizzying Choices

If you’ve ever gone to buy a new cell phone, the choice of phones, options, apps and calling plans can make your head hurt within minutes of entering any store.

That mind numbing exercise, which I endure every few years with as much enthusiasm as a root canal, gives just a glimpse of what dairy farmers are up against as they search, compare and price new technologies for their farms.

The 2015 Precision Dairy Conference, held in Rochester, Minn. June 24 and 25, was a good reminder of that. The Conference, organized by the University of Minnesota and the University of Kentucky, had about 40 sponsors and venders, displaying products ranging from cow activity monitors to robotic milkers to individual cow methane detectors.

Written by Jim Dickrell    Published in Farm Journal

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