New robotic milking systems are now able to feed and milk cow after cow without any human intervention. Lasers scan and map the cows’ bellies, and a computer records each cow’s milking speed. Robots record the amount and quality of milk produced and how much the cow has eaten.
The cows may be happier, too. Not being milked hurts, and the machines allow the cows to be milked more often.
Although these machines may be gaining popularity in New York, it’s unsure if this trend will spread elsewhere. Each machine costs about $250,000.
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