Holy cow. It was a good day yesterday. Things ran smoothly. Robert was able to get the floor readers working great, which had been a big concern for me. We milked 4 cows yesterday. Bronco had wanted one of his cows, and his favorite- Aston 502 June- to be the first cow through the robot, but while we were looking for her #1321 sneaked into the stall. So, I prepped the cow & we attached the robot. It went so smooth, setting expectations up to tomorrow to be all the higher. She was calm & eating while it milked her, then she left and we brought in another. The next cow was #695 - she was a different story. She kicked and nearly broke my wrist. She was a pain and really didn't settle down until the end of the milking, but I noticed she was back in to eat within the hour. The third cow we guided to the robot was a cow that had just had a big nice heifer calf yesterday morning. She was as calm as could be. The robot attached without issue & milked her out, sprayed the post dip, and she went on her way. The 4th cow was a big Brown Swiss cross cow #701. She was also very, very calm. She produced 20+ lbs of milk and seemed to have a great time eating and being milked.
All the valves are working to the tanks and the wash is up and working. Today is going to be a great day. The weather is the pits. Rain is expected all day. I have seen enough rain for the month of May and am ready for it to stop until the corn gets planted.
Today we have a crew here and shifts set to have the start up go smooth. I have high expectations & after yesterday I think the expectations for a smooth day are even higher. Wow.
This is going to be great after it gets up and running.