Contact Us

Dairy Farm Steps Into the Future With Robotic Milkers [VIDEO]

[onescreen item=”5155012″]


SOUTH HAVEN — One local dairy farm has taken milking to another level.

In 2009 HJJ Johnson Dairy installed four robotic milkers to help milk their 250 cows, a decision that Joseph Johnson says was an easy one to make.

“The transition has been smoother than we thought. When we thought about doing this it was between getting a bigger parlor, or robots, and this was the best choice.”

It took Johnson and his staff just a few weeks to get the cows adjusted to the new style where the cows now just walk right in on their own.

“Each cow has a sensor around their neck so when they walk in the computer recognizes the cow and will begin the process of milking .”

Nutrition is another key part with the robotic milkers. When a cow walks in they receive protein pellets to balance what they receive in their regular feed.

“When a cow goes in it drops a certain amount of protein pellets based on what their nutritional needs are, and the computer knows all of that.”

Should a cow become greedy and want more food, the milkers can also sense they are at their recommended nutrition and kick them out.

Each cow takes around seven minutes to milk . Once the robotic milker is finished, the milk collected is flushed.

“The machine will do a cup rinse, and the milk in the jar will go to the milk tank.”

The robotic milkers have been a huge money and time saver for Johnson, who says he can now focus on other things.

“Before we had these robots, milking and feeding would take us until noon. Now I can focus on other parts of the farm, as well as see my kids events.”

Should Johnson be away from the barn when something goes wrong, the computer will send a message to his phone.

“Once a robot fails three cows in a row, it will shut down and send me a message on my phone.”

Johnson says anyone in the dairy industry thinking about switching to robotic milkers are welcomed at his farm to check them out. You can reach him at 612-490-4720.


HJJ Johnson installed four robotic milkers on their dairy farm in 2009. (Photo: Alex Svejkovsky, WJON News)

Best of WJON

Recommended For You

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for The WJON VIP Club quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive The WJON VIP Club contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.