In a review of the Minnesota dairy sector for this past year, AgCentric Executive Director Keith Olander said robotic milking is becoming competitive for net returns. “Robotics had been lagging in our data for awhile, but if you go back ten years ago there was a fair amount of new robotics coming in so the industry was learning.” The overhead costs for interest and depreciation remain high for farms with robotic milking. However, this technology does have a role. “It’s about the labor, the flexibility and lifestyle.” Nearly 2,300 dairy farmers were part of the Farm Business Management analysis this past year, which is a ten-year high.
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