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Raising a Family on the Farm: How every member contributes

December 2016 | Iowa | 0 comments

New Day Dairy

Sometimes technology can get in the way of time spent together during the holidays, but not for this family! Thanks to the help of farming robotics, the family behind New Day Dairy has the flexibility they need to spend more time together. What does time together look like on the farm? See how every member of a dairy farm family plays an important role in caring for their cows and ensuring delicious dairy foods for everyone.

Meet Lynn and Dan Bolin

Lynn and Dan Bolin

Lynn and Dan are fifth generation farmers who are busy caring for cows and raising a family. Last year, 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.

New Day Dairy utilizes technology

Read more about how New Day Dairy utilizes technology: New Day Dairy Celebrates a Year of High-Tech Milking

How does New Day Dairy spend time together as a family?

Lynn and Dan's Children

Meet their children: Amara (6) and Vance (3).

Dave and Pam Bolin

They also work together with Dan’s parents: Dave and Pam.

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

“Raising a family on the farm provides an opportunity for all of us to spend quality time together,” said Lynn, “It is awesome that my children get to know their grandparents and great-grandparents.”

The cowgirl of the family

Meet Amara: She is six years old and is the cowgirl of the family. She is very in tune with the animals and loves feeding calves and scraping manure- seriously she actually enjoys this job.

A cow sense

“Amara definitely has a cow sense about her,” said Lynn, “She even knows some of the cows better than I do.”

Enjoys helping dad

Meet Vance: He is three years old and enjoys helping dad do maintenance work. He loves to ride in the tractor or truck with Dan.

Cleaning the computer screen

One of his other favorite jobs is cleaning the computer screen for the robot. At the young age of three, Vance knows how to turn the clean-mode on the computer so he can safely clean the computer 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,” said Lynn.

Fresh bedding
Riding a bike
Growing up on the Farm

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!

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