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Beth Scott | Beacon Beth Scott | Beacon DAIRY: Milk prices aff ecting local dairy farms FROM PAGE 6-B Part of the reason Bill and Caroline are planning to expand is to better equip the future generation of the family farm when their son, Kyle takes over the farming operations sometime in the future. “From day one, Kyle has always loved the farm,” said Caroline. “It’s a passion you have for it. He went to ATI and learned a lot and travelled all over the country learning about robotic dairies.” While preparing for the next generation is important, it’s also just as important to learn from the previous generation of farmers. “Martin [Daugherty] is the fourth generation of dairy farmers and he still comes over every morning at 6 a.m. to milk,” said Bill. Each morning, Bill gets up at 3 a.m. to milk. By 8 a.m., the milk truck arrives, and after morning chores are completed, breakfast is served. Th e Daughertys also have three part-time high school students who help out on the farm in the afternoons and one full-time employ- ee who has been working on the farm for 14 years. “We feel we need to become more eff ective, so we are looking to build a new facility with four robotic milkers and 220 stalls. We are hoping to break ground this spring or summer and hope to be milking with the new machines within a year.” pounds of milk the fi rst few days after giving birth and about 100 to 130 pounds a day about 80 days after calv- ing. After 80 days, milk production begins to decline. Cows should have a calf every 12 to 14 months so that the milk production cycle is continuous. Breeding typically starts when the cow is 14 months and cows typically have their fi rst calf at two years old. Th e average age of the Daughertys’ cows are four to fi ve years of age, although they have some that are eight to nine years old that are still calving. Th e Daugherty farm produces 75 pounds of milk per cow per day and approximately 1,000 gallons of milk a day. All the milk goes to Dairy Farmers of America to Broughton Foods in Marietta. - Bill Daugherty Typically, a dairy cow peaks in production 70 to 90 days after they calve. Th ey produce about 20 to 30 Boyer Insurance Taking Care of You and Your Family... Generation After Generation AUTO • HOME • LIFE • BUSINESS Call for a FREE Quote! 740-622-2131 225 Chestnut Street, Coshocton • MARCH 13, 2019 THE BEACON 7-B