Summary and Implications
Sixteen of 45 producers who received an individual farm visit follow-up responded to a post survey. 82% responded yes that as a result of Extension’s promotion, fact sheets, seminars, workshops, farm tours and/or individual consultation, they have made a decision to install (or not install) a low cost parlor or a robotic milking system. 46% have already installed; 33% are presently installing; and 21% will install in the future. 6 installed a robotic milking system; 8 installed a low cost parlor; and 3 installed an “other type” of milking system change. 7 producers felt the individual farm visits were worth an average of $49,549 due to profits realized from making changes to their operation.
Iowa State University
Tranel, Larry F.
"Low Cost Parlors and Automatic Milking Systems On-Farm Education,"
Animal Industry Report:
AS 660, ASL R2878.
Available at: http://lib.dr.iastate.edu/ans_air/vol660/iss1/43