The Dairy Center's 280 head milking herd is housed in the farm's freestall barn. The roomy stalls are bedded with sand and are cleaned every milking to provide our cows with a comfortable resting area. A spacious bunk offers the cows free-choice, fresh feed. The tunnel ventilated barn keeps the animals cool in the heat of the summer and warm in the winter.
Cows going through the milking parlor are milked three times a day at 4:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. An average cow gives 85 pounds of milk every day, approximately 10 gallons. Each cow averages 26,000 pounds of milk in a year which is just over 3,000 gallons per year. The cows milked on the robotic system average slightly more, with the Holsteins averaging 92 pounds and the Jerseys averaging 62 pounds of milk.
The herd is a colorful collection of dairy breeds including Holsteins, Jerseys, Brown Swiss, and Ayrshires.