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.


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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 every day and delivered to nearby processing plants for making into butter, cheese and fluid drinking milk and sold locally in the Northeast.

A little more about Freunds Farm; their dairy farm is the first in the state of Connecticut to install a robotic milking system. Beginning in March 2016, the cows now choose their milking routine using the 5 Lely Astronaut robots. Their cows visit the robot on average 3 times/day with each visit taking approximately 7 minutes. 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 to provide the best comfort possible when our cows are lying down.

Ensuring natural light and air ventilation in the free stall barns to keep the animals healthy, clean and content has always been a priority at Freund’s Farm.

 

HEALTH:

Animal health and comfort is the top priority. 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 to help keep 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 and 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 that provides consistency and uniformity to best practices in animal care and quality assurance in the dairy industry. 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 consistency and uniformity to on-farm care and provides reassurance to consumers.


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About our Farm Family

The 2nd and 3rd generation of our family are on the farm. Brothers Ben and Matt, Theresa and the next generation; Amanda, Isaac, Rachel, and Sarah with her husband Andy.  Bringing in the next generation of the family to carry on the business is the most defining aspect of sustainability on Freund’s Farm, Inc.

Family Farm Newsletters with news and updates about the farm, the farmers and the cows:

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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