February 4, 2019 – Foster Brothers Farms recently built a 475-cow “Cow Palace” featuring eight DeLaval VMS, rubber mats and swinging cow brushes that is climate-controlled with a ventilation system.
Their innovation leadership has led to Foster Farms being named the 2019 Innovative Dairy Farmers of the Year, sponsored by the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) and Dairy Herd Management magazine.
"The award is humbling, but the family's main goals are to maintain profitability, be good environmental stewards, produce world-class products and operate our farm for the benefit of our family, employees and community for several generations to come", says Robert Foster, president of Foster Farms.
"We are extremely impressed with Foster Farm's use of technology, innovation and business partnerships to build and maintain a modern, progressive dairy operation," says Michael Dykes, president and CEO of IDFA. "The 'Cow Palace' incorporates the latest in robotic milkers, and the owners use a unique heat recovery system they designed themselves along with Agrilabs Technologies to produce energy and more efficiently compost manure solids in its second business that includes Moo Organic Manure Compost Products.
Foster Brothers Farms has a long history of innovation, diversification and sustainability on the nearly 2 000 acres it operates near Middlebury, Vt, USA.
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