ST. CLOUD -- It's a dairy farmer's heaven as Minnesota dairy farmers checked out what's new in the industry at the Midwest Dairy Expo.

Today and tomorrow (Thursday) you can stop by at the River's Edge Convention Center to see what's happening in the dairy industry.

Pat Lunemann is the President of the Minnesota Milk Producers Association. He says the trade show is a great way to network, and partake in discussions.

"Besides the trade show we offer educational sessions which teaches our dairy farmers what's new in our industry and what's to come," says Lunemann.

Work with robotics have become a growing part of the industry and new discoveries in automation is the reason.

Nick Kunkel has been working with Delaval in robotics for eight years. He says many equipment is becoming more automated.

"The industry is looking at more and more things to automate such as milkers, feeders, weigh cows, analyze milk," says Kunkel.

Kunkel says robotics have helped lighten the work load dairy farmers used to have and give them a normal life as possible.

"Once farmers see what these machines can do, now they start to enjoy everything else that goes with it such as see their children's events," says Kunkel.

The dairy industry continues to grow and be the backbone within our communities and Lunemann says the future is bright.

"There is some great things coming that are very positive for our industry and will change how we are able to do things on the farm," says Lunemann.

The Midwest Dairy Expo runs until 1:30 p.m. tomorrow (Thursday). If you would like more information visit


Dairy farmers see what's instore at the Midwest Dairy Expo. (Photo: Alex Svejkovsky, WJON News).