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Indiana farmer milks 2,200 cows with 36 robots – RealAgriculture

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Can robots effectively milk cows on large U.S. dairy farms? That’s a question Plymouth, Indiana farmer Brian Houin is determined to answer at his family-owned Homestead Dairy operation. Canadian farmers have had tremendous success using robot milkers in smaller dairy operations, but Houin is putting the milking machines to the test on a whole new level. In what is described as the largest robot milking farm in North America, Houin milks 2,200 cows with 36 Lely robots. All robots have been operating in a new barn since Jan. 1, 2018. The robot barn includes 12 pens, each containing three robots milking 180 cows. Homestead also milks another 1,800 cows three times per day in a conventional double-25 parallel parlour, giving Houin a…

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