Dairy Technology Showcase On June 28

   The Illinois Milk Producers Association and University of Illinois Extension will host the 8th annual Dairy Technology Showcase Friday, June 28, 2019. The tour will highlight dairy technology and dairy management at Lenkaitis Holsteins Dairy Farm in Kane County near St. Charles, Illinois.   
“These tours provide an excellent opportunity for Illinois dairy farmers and industry representatives to get a look at the latest and greatest dairy technology and management,” said Tasha Bunting, manager, Illinois Milk Producers Association. 
   The farm tour will be held at Lenkaitis Holsteins Dairy Farm, owned and operated by Andy and Sarah Lenkaitis along with Albert and Mary Etta Lenkaitis, located at 6N509 Corron Rd., St. Charles, IL 60175. The Lenkaitis family farm is home to 90 Holstein cows (mostly red and white) housed in a freestall facility. 
   Cows are milked in an automated milking system using two GEA Monobox robotic milkers with an average of more than three milkings per cow each day. The milking herd is currently producing an average of 80 pounds of milk per cow, per day. The modern free stall and GEA robotic milking facility was built in 2017 to maximize technology, milking management, cow comfort, and labor management.
   The farm stop will include an organized tour conducted by the Lenkaitis family along with management discussions and a research update session led by Dr. Phil Cardoso, University of Illinois.
   Contact Tasha Bunting, at 309-557-3703 or, for more information on the tour. ∆

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