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Local Farmer Uses Robots

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Farmers are calling it the wave of the future - robots doing jobs that used to belong to humans. One local dairy farmer is giving the new technology a try ... Robots now milk all of his cows.

John Maxwell, owner of Cinnamon Ridge Dairy, said milk production on his farm has increased by ten to fifteen percent since he started using robots to milk his cows.

There's no human interaction involved in the milking process now. The cow just steps up to the machine ... The robot reads a chip behind her ear that tells which cow it is and when it was last milked...and then the machine goes to work.

Maxwell says the robots saved him from hiring four full-time workers along with time and effort.

"My great-grandfather and my grandfather milked by hand," Maxwell said. "They would milk typically one to seven cows per person, per day. Daily job. Lot of hard work. You had to have great strength in your hands and it was hard on your back and your knees."

Maxwell said the robots were a $1 million investment that should pay for themselves in about 17 years.