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The summer of 2012 Julie and her husband, Ed, purchased his family’s herd of Holsteins and they started construction in Columbus, Wis., on a Lely T4C robotic milking system and freestall barn. On November 28, 2012, the Holstein and Guernsey cows were transitioned to the new dairy.

The goals of the facility are to maximize production, herd health and cow comfort. The barn is divided into two pens of 60 cows, each with its own robot. The Guernseys are housed together with the first lactation Holsteins and both breeds are treated the same.

Lely’s T4C management system allows an extra set of eyes on each cow. Every time the cow enters the robot to be milked over 140 different data points are collected and recorded from her transponder. In addition, during milking each quarter is individually assessed for milk color, conductivity, milk time, dead milking time, milk speed and temperature. All this monitoring provides real-time data to aid in management decisions The Guernseys have transitioned exceptionally well to the robotic dairy, some cows even try to exceed their six-time a day milking limit.

Our herd’s August 2015 rolling herd average was 25,974M, 1,214F and 851P. A crowing achievement was being named the top Guernsey herd in the nation for milk in 2013 and 2014.

GZMMilking with Robots