Automating the dairy

cm-mr-3-automating-biehl431-copyby Tamara Scully

Brad and Brooke Biehl, and their young children joined his family’s dairy operation and found a way of making it viable for the next generation. The farm consists of 230 acres, with 120 milking, 125 young stock and 25 dry cows in the herd. Biehl, an engineer who has a natural affinity for technology, joined the dairy full-time in 2014, and forged a partnership with AMS Galaxy USA. [Read more…]

Dealing with barn pests

cew-mr-hr-1-barn-pests1-wadby Marilyn Munzert

Most of us appreciate Mother Nature’s wild critters, but not in our pastures and barns. Yet the feed, water and shelter we provide our equine friends are accommodations some varmints can’t resist. If wild things set up digs in your horse’s space, here’s how to cope. [Read more…]

Dairy Automation Tour: Lehigh Creek Farm

cm-mr-57-1-lehigh-creek-tour1by Tamara Scully

Equipment and feed dealers, dairy producers and other industry representatives gathered at two Berks County, Pennsylvania farms for an in-depth exploration of precision technology. Hosted at the Stutzman family’s Lehigh Creek Farm in Mertztown and Cornerview Farm in Kutztown, attendees received a close-up look at the use of automation on mid-sized family dairy farms. [Read more…]

Hillside Turkey Farms faces the holiday season

cm-mr-36-3-hillside-turkey2bby Hope Holland        

Judi Smith and her family are pretty busy right now. This is crunch time for all five turkey houses on their three-generation family farm that work in conjunction with the family business of processing for the Hillside Turkey Farms Store in the not so small town of Thurmont, MD, a town that has worked to maintain its friendly small town identity. [Read more…]