Picture this — cows walking on their own to the barn. A robotic arm reaches out to clean their udders. The “arm” attaches suction cups. The cows are milked. They leave and head back to the fields.
No humans touch the cows during the process.
No, this is not from a futuristic movie. This is 21st century technology that is firmly embedded in today’s farming business.
The marriage of farming and technology is not a new one, according to Liam Migdail, communications director at the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau.
“Using technology has been there for centuries,” Migdail said. “If you look at some of the inventions that we think of as being the most economically significant, a lot of them are an agricultural invention.”
Migdail cited the plow and the cotton gin as early examples of technology created for farming.
“When you look, over time, some of the advances in technology,