"Adding great elements that aid cow comfort and working as a team spells success for our farm in Granger, Washington."
Through several expansions that had the Golob family adding their first bulk tank in 1961 and remodeling their parlor nearly every two decades since, had Golobs finally found a more labor-efficient milking system that’s also comfortable for the cows, but also is comfortable and easy on the employees.
Golob Farms began milking in a double 8 flat barn with 35 gallon milk units that were then dumped into 10 gallon milk cans in the mid 1940's. After a series of expansions and improvements, the farm began milking on a new DeLaval parallel rotary PR3100HD with teat spray robots TSR for pre and post spray in May of 2017.
"Our somatic cell counts have been going down, production has gone up, about 2 pounds per cow," says Paul Golob, co-owner and manager. "We have been very happy with the service and equipment from DeLaval. Focusing on cow comfort is the main reason we chose the DeLaval rotary."
The mission at Golob Farms is to maximize production, whether it’s per cow or per acre, where they milk 2,500 Holstein cows and raise an equal number of replacement heifers. They currently raise 900 acres of corn, alfalfa, triticale and sudan grass—all used to feed the herd. The farm is owned and managed by Paul, Kevin, Kevin, Jeff and Edna Golob.
The sons say they owe much to their late father, who passed before the rotary was completed. "He would be so proud," says Keith. "And, we are proud of the life he led, living milk everyday—with his time serving on dairy boards, promoting milk and dairy in every way he could. He illustrated that exceptionally well here on our family farm."