About Freunds Farm

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About our Cows

Milking Robots are Helping a Family Farm into the Future

Forbes recently featured our farm in their online news. Amanda Freund, one of the members of the 3rd generation at Freund’s Farm explains the use of new technology on their dairy farm.


technology and robots adopted at Connecticut dairy farm

MILKING:

There are 300 cows at Freunds Farm that provide over 2,500 gallons of milk, 365 days of the year. The milk is picked up and delivered to nearby processing plants everyday. The milk is made into butter, cheese and fluid drinking milk and sold locally in the Northeast.

Freunds’ Farm is the first in the state of Connecticut to install a robotic milking system. Beginning in March 2016, the cows voluntarily choose their milking routine using the 5 Lely Astronaut robots. The cows visit the robot on average 3 times/day. Each visit taking approximately 7 minutes. That means each cow spends just 21 minutes/day being milked with the remainder of her time spent lying, eating and socializing.


COW COMFORT:

5 rotating brushes offer the cows a back scratch whenever they desire. Each stall is outfitted with a waterbed topped with fresh bedding. It’s important to provide the best comfort possible when our cows are lying down.

The barn is designed as a free stall barn. Animals roam around as they desire, choosing when to be milked or when to go eat. The barn was built to ensure lots of natural light and air ventilation.  Keeping the animals healthy, clean and content has always been a priority at Freund’s Farm.

 

HEALTH:

The Freunds work under the guidance of a veterinarian to assure that there is an effective preventative health care and treatment policy.


DIET:

A robotic feed pusher, ‘Juno’, passes through the barn every hour. He keeps the feed within reach of the cow throughout the day and night. The cows have 24 hour access to high quality feeds and fresh water.

The Freund family grows all of their own forages to feed the cows. They work closely with a dairy cow nutritionist to ensure all of their animals receive a complete and balanced diet. The forages are supplemented by grains and nutritional byproducts to meet every cows’ dietary needs.


Freund’s Farm participates in the National Dairy FARM Program: 

Farmers Assuring Responsible Management is a nationwide, verifiable animal well-being program. It provides consistency and uniformity to best practices in animal care. The program aims to provide a consistent platform for animal well-being, which producers can use to evaluate their on-farm animal care practices. Third-party verification ensures the validity and the integrity of the program to our customers and consumers.The dairy industry has an excellent track record of responsible management practices. This national effort simply brings uniformity to on-farm care.


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About our Farm Family

The 2nd and 3rd generation farm together. Bringing in the next generation to carry on the business is the most defining aspect of sustainability on Freund’s Farm, Inc.

Family Farm Newsletters share news and updates about the farm:

Spring Farm Newsletter – June 2017
Fall Farm Newsletter – October 2016
Spring Farm Newsletter
-June 2016
Fall Farm Newsletter
-November 2015


Freunds Farm supplies high-quality milk to the dairy cooperative, Agri-Mark/Cabot.

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