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Cottonwood Ridge Dairy to showcase robotic milking system Saturday
By Staff reports

July 10. 2014 6:00AM
South Dakota Farm Families and the Nussbaum family of Garretson will host an open house at Cottonwood Ridge Dairy from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Saturday. The free, family-friendly event will provide guests with an opportunity to see first-hand the new technology being used in the industry and where the dairy products they enjoy get their start. Guests will have the chance to tour the newly built dairy barn and a free meal will be served. Many kids activities will also be available.

The Nussbaum family was thinking of the future when they built their new, environmentally friendly, robotic milking barn. Building a new barn ensures that the next generation on this farm can join the family business. The robotic barn makes milking a less labor-intensive process for the family, while also allowing them to track down-to-the-minute data about each cows production and health for optimal cow comfort and stress-free environment.

South Dakota is a growing home for dairy with 263 dairy herds. These dairy farms produce about 235 million gallons of milk and generate about $388 million in milk sales annually impacting the states economy greatly. To learn more about dairy production and the role of dairy products in a healthy lifestyle visit

Cottonwood Ridge Dairy is located just outside of Garretson. From Garretson, follow 253rd St. east for 2 miles. Turn south on to 488th Ave for ¼ mile. The farm is on the west side of the road, 25321 488th Ave Garretson.

To learn more about this event and others coming up this summer, visit, South Dakota Farm Families on Facebook, or follow @@SDFarmFamilies on Twitter for more information.

South Dakota Farm Families was developed through a collaboration of farm organizations that support livestock production and development and includes the South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association, the South Dakota Corn Growers Association, South Dakota Dairy Producers, South Dakota Farm Bureau, South Dakota Pork Producers Council, South Dakota Poultry Industries Association and the South Dakota Soybean Association.

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