With the right equipment, cows can be trained to milk themselves.
By Diane LaniganPosted 06.24.2002 at 1:01 pm 0 Comments
The dairy farms of Europe are as picturesque as ever, but for the past 10 years they've had something American farms lack: robotic milking technology. Labor costs are higher across the pond, so as many as half the European dairies have the machines, which can milk cows 24 hours a day with no human interaction (see left). Lately, American farmers have begun to wonder if the machines, built by Bou-matic of Madison, Wisconsin, and Lely of Holland, are worth a try.