By Tim Kowols
With eyes on keeping family farms flourishing in northeast Wisconsin, Abts Lely Center in New Franken hopes its robotic milking systems can do just that. According to Modern Farmer, the approximately $200,000 system can handle herds of 55 to 70 cows. Greg Abts from Abts Lely Center says the robotic milking systems have helped increase interest in farming.
Randy Kinnard and his family recently installed two Lely Astronaut milking systems and plans to purchase two more by the end of next year for their farm in Casco. Kinnard says with the farm changing hands to the next generation in the future, it was the right decision for them.
Abts says if you missed Saturday’s open house at Kinnard Highland Farms in Casco (runs until 3 p.m.), Abts Lely Center hosts a super tour of farms with the robotic milking systems in the spring. Three farms in Door and Kewaunee counties have the systems installed at their operations.