Changes

he says. Phosphorus will be taken out of the liquid part and given back to the cows as pure water, and the solids will be sold dry as pellets to consumers like commercial fertilizer.

Rotary parlors will allow workers to milk more cows at a time. In this setup, the cows stand on a platform that spins like a carousel while the milker stands in the center. Cows come by quickly and enter and exit at a constant rate with no break.

Jay expects to see even more technology in the cropping end of the business, allowing for more yields per acre and feed which is even more digestible for the cows because the more nutrients the animals absorb before exiting their system, the more milk they produce. Jay is excited about a new chopper that doesn’t

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just crush corn but shreds it, making the grain much more effective.

And then there’s the area of genetics. While Jay’s grandfather depended on

his bull to do the work of inseminating his cows, the next step was artificial insemination. Next came sexed semen to guarantee the cows produced heifers.

Now, DNA testing (genomics) speeds up the process of genetically producing high-quality animals by gene selection. Farmers no longer have to “wait and see.”

With so many changes occurring in the past generation, one can only imagine what the next one has in store.

Whatever happens, farming is certain to be quite a different experience for Jay’s children than it has been for him or his father or his grandfather.