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Iowa Dairy meets Friday in Waverly

by Ben Nuelle

Iowa State Dairy Association will discuss policy changes at their annual meeting Friday.

The meeting will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Prairie Links Golf & Event Center in Waverly, Iowa. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. All ISDA members are invited to attend and anyone interested in the dairy industry is encouraged to attend and to explore opportunities of becoming a member.

“We review our whole policy manual. Right now with the dairy prices down were looking at how we grow the dairy industry in Iowa. We’re short on process capacity and that will be a topic at Friday’s meeting,” Iowa State Dairy Association Executive Director Sue Ann Claudon said.

One thing for certain Claudon does know is that technology is changing the dairy industry left and right.

“The robot milkers is one part of it. Iowa is second in the nation with the number of robotic milkers. Right now we have about 140 robotic milkers on about 50 farms with another 20 coming on board real quick. It doesn’t free the dairy farmer up completely he still has to monitor the reports from the milker and so forth and still a lot of work to do. However, it makes things more flexible.”

Again, the Iowa State Dairy Association meeting begins at 10:00 a.m. Friday at Prairie Links Golf & Event Center in Waverly, Iowa.

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