Breakout Sessions

Location: Convention Center Meeting Rooms 1-2

Sponsored by Farm Credit Services, Lely, Gorter’s Clay and Dairy, Prairieland Ag and Leedstone

Hear stories and tips from dairies that have invested in automated milking system and other labor saving equipment. Panelists include owners, operators or managers from the following dairies:

Qual Dairy, Lisbon, N.D. — milking 1,400 cows in a GEA DairyProQ 60-stall robotic rotary parlor – one of the first in the United States.  Qual Dairy is operated by Alan and his wife, Julie, and their adult sons Mark and Jon; plus Alan’s brother, Rodney, and his wife, Angie, and their adult sons Nathan and Tyler. The six families also run a grain farm together. They employ about a dozen non-family members in the dairy.

Van Veldhuizen Dairy, Rock Rapids, Iowa. — milking approximately 240 cows with four Lely Astronaut robotic milking machines. They retrofitted an existing freestall barn.  Van Veldhuizen Dairy is operated by Corwin, Stephanie, Tyler, Shelby and Trevor Van Veldhuizen.

Minglewood Dairy, Deer Park, Wisc. — milking 800 cows. In December 2018 Minglewood started up 8 DeLaval VMS Classic Robots and rapidly transitioned over 400 cows to the new facility. Minglewood Dairy is operated by Kevin and Roxann Solum, along with their daughter Kristin, her fiancé Jacob, and son Ryan. They can be followed on Facebook at Minglewood Inc.

The panel will be moderated by a representative from Farm Credit Services.

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