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High Tech Robotic Dairy Field Day on Sept. 22

University of Minnesota Extension will host a summer field day at Golden Sunrise Dairy, 31328 290 St SW, McIntosh on Sept. 22.

Golden Sunrise Dairy is owned and managed by Tim Rolf and his son, Derek. In 2020, they moved into a new high technology, automated cross ventilated barn featuring the latest in dairy technology. Calves are fed on automatic calf feeders. Cows are milked with Lely A5 milking robots. Cows and heifers are fed with an automatic feeding system that weighs, mixes and delivers the correct diet to the correct group of animals. In addition, all manure is removed from the pens with a robotic manure removal system.

The Rolfs also grow corn and hay for their livestock. Tim’s family also has a farrow to finish swine operation.

Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. with the program from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., concluding with a lunch. There is no charge for the field day.

Minnesota Milk Producers and Leedstone are teaming up to sponsor a bus trip to the field day. The bus will be leaving from Meyer bus garage, 37264 Co Rd 13 in Melrose at 7 a.m. and will be returning back to Melrose at 4 p.m. Cost for bus transportation is $20/person. Contact Jenna at jenna@mnmilk.org with your name or fill out this form to reserve your space.

Pre-registration is not required, but would be appreciated for an accurate lunch count. Register for the meal by leaving a message with your name and number of people attending with Heather DuFault at (218) 280-1129. The field day is sponsored by Minnesota Dairy Initiatives, AgCountry Farm Credit Services, First State Bank of McIntosh, Leedstone and Minnesota Milk Producers. For more information contact Jim Salfer at (612) 360-4506 or salfe001@umn.edu or Heather at 218-280-1129 or pohl0024@umn.edu.

Source: Jim Salfer, Extension educator dairy systems, U of M Extension Regional Office, St. Cloud– 320.203.6093, salfe001@umn.edu.

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