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Dairy farmers looking at ways to improve production

DORCHESTER (WAOW) - A number of central Wisconsin dairy farmers are looking to their colleagues for ways to improve milk production.
Members of the dairy industry visited other farms where dairy cows each produce about 100 pounds of milk per day.
The 100-Pound Dairy Tours highlights farms achieving economic and production efficiency.
Organizers of the tour say newer technology is reshaping the dairy industry.
"We use robots to milk our cows," Jake Peissig, owner of JPT Farms.
The cows actually use the state-of-the-art robots all on their own.
"They go in, they're given a treat while they're there, the robot cleans them, milks them, disinfects them, and lets them go," Peissig added.
Dairy industry workers on Wednesday's tour say they were fascinated by the technology.
Tour organizers tell Newsline 9 that's exactly what the tour is all about -- educating farmers with new information and ideas.
"Several of our members have requested that they'd like to see and learn more about robotic milkers as it's gaining more interest and attractability in the industry," said Kathy Muth, coordinator for the 100-Pound Dairy Tours.
Dairy producers say a typical dairy cow in Wisconsin produces an average of about 60 pounds of milk per day.       
"You know a lot of management and a lot of work does go into achieving 100 pounds of milk per cow each day," said Peissig.
"We would like to focus on farms that are at or near 100 pounds and how they've achieved that, and how they've been maintaining that," said Muth. "They share their little secrets, management tools, and management styles with other producers so that as they grow their business they can learn from others as well," Muth added.
The tour stopped at farms in Stratford, Dorchester, and Humbird on Wednesday.
Those farmers milk anywhere from 285 to 500 cows each day.
This is the second year the Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin hosted the tour.
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