Robots Make Life Easier for Owners of Rural Chehalis Dairy

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It has been been five years since the Styger Family Dairy Farm in rural Chehalis received a major tech upgrade.

The nearly 100-year-old farm, which was started by Andy Styger’s grandfather, has two robots that milk the dairy cows. He and his wife, Linda, run the farm with their son, Shane Styger. Shane is transitioning into taking over the farm.

“In the old system, when you milked by hand, usually you milked twice a day — four o’clock in the morning, four o’clock in the afternoon,” Linda said. “Now, with this system, it’s a voluntary milking system, or VMS. The cows choose when they want to come to the machine.” 

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