Sometimes technology can get in the way of time spent together during the year, but not for the Bolin family! Thanks to the help of farming robotics, the family behind New Day Dairy has the flexibility they need to spend more time together. So, what does time together look like on the farm? Every member of a dairy farm family plays an important role in caring for their cows and ensuring delicious dairy foods for everyone.
Lynn and Dan Bolin are fifth generation farmers who are busy caring for cows and raising a family. In 2015, they began using “Rita” the robot to milk their cows. This technology provides them the flexibility to spend more time raising their family on the farm.
How does New Day Dairy spend time together as a family?
Dan is no stranger to raising a family on the farm, both of Dan’s grandparents farmed and are still finding way to help whenever possible.
“Raising a family on the farm provides an opportunity for all of us to spend quality time together,” Lynn says. “It is awesome that my children get to know their grandparents and great-grandparents.”
“Amara definitely has a cow sense about her,” Lynn says. “She even knows some of the cows better than I do.”
The Bolin’s youngest son Vance has many favorite jobs, one of them is cleaning the computer screen for the robot. He may be the smallest member of the family, but he knows how to turn the clean-mode on the computer so he can safely clean the screen.
Growing up on the Farm
“I enjoy that my children get to be raised knowing how to care for animals and they get the chance to be outside learning and getting dirty,” Lynn says.
Being raised on the farm is a special experience, one that New Day Dairy doesn’t take for granted. Because in the end, it is all about spending time with those that matter most!
*Photos featured in this article were taken prior to March 2020 before mandatory mask/social distancing mandates were implemented.