Dairy tour featured improvements


MARSHALLVILLE, Ohio – The annual Wayne County Dairy Tour July 10 was hosted at L & R Farm near Marshallville. The evening barbecue was followed by introductory remarks and a self-guided tour.
The farm has been in the family since 1927, with Larry Baer’s father initiating the operation. Daughter Robyn joined her father as partner four years ago.
They farm 500 acres, primarily beans and alfalfa hay. They currently milk 336 cows three times per day in their double-eight herringbone parlor.
Cows. The milking cows are housed in a newly built freestall barn with waterbeds installed. The young calves, up to 3 months, are housed in a freestall barn on sawdust.
Dry cows and breeding cows are also bedded on sawdust and have access to a drylot.
The prefresh and ICU animals are kept on a bedded pack.
“We love our cows,” Robyn told the large gathering. “We love our employees, our barns and each other. Our cow health has greatly improved with the new updates and, as the records state, our production has increased.”
Notable cow health improvements also included the foot bath between the freestall barn and parlor, waterbeds, headlocks, alley scraper, and overhead fans.
Robyn admitted she not only numbers each of the new calves with ear tags, but gives them each a name as well, and records it on their records and ear tags, too.
Members of the Wayne County dairy princess court distributed ice cream.

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