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DAT People's Choice Question of the Week: The Next Technology?
Throughout the years different technologies have revolutionized the dairy industry. Mechanical milking machines, Artificial Insemination, Embryo Transfer, Precision Feeding, Robotic Milkers, etc. 

What will be the next technology to revolutionize the dairy industry? 
Reader Comments
Comments posted do not express the viewpoint of Dairy Agenda Today or its staff members.

Commercial Dairyman
May, 13 2024
I don't believe this would be considered a technology. I do believe it will certainly change the dairy industry. With the continued loss of dairies in the U.S., mostly smaller dairies, I believe dairy coops will be a thing of the past. When U.S. dairy herds get to a certain number, I don't know what that number will be, maybe in the 5,000 to 10,000 herd range with each herd milking an average of 1000 to 1500 cows (6,000 herds milking 1500 cows each would equal 9 million cows), those herds will be owned by the big grocery store chains or contract directly with those big grocery store chains. Making dairy coops obsolete. Smaller dairies that want to stay in business will need to process and market their own milk.
May, 13 2024
I think Tony has some good thoughts here. I could see where power generation systems employing wind turbines, or solar panels in combination with anaerobic digestion could result in a reliable 24/7 system that might have staying power. Again none of these are new ideas, and I doubt there's anything stopping someone from doing it now except high capital cost, but maybe with some kind of funding, or subsidies it would be feasible even for smaller size farms
Old Timer
May, 13 2024
An old friend of mine once said, There are 3 things almost certain about the future, it won’t be like it was, it won’t be like it is, and it won’t be like we think it’s going to be.
Tony Whitehead
May, 13 2024
Something from the sustainability front. This isn't exactly new, but I look for a bigger push on this.