I’ve visited Fair Oaks several times, and as an Ag attorney, I closely follow the innovations and advancements that come out of that business.
Fair Oaks is also a leader in the ag education space. They strive to make agriculture production – particularly production on a large scale – accessible and understandable by everyone. If you have a chance to visit (about an hour south of Chicago), I highly recommend the experience.
While Fair Oaks currently uses an automated milking system, it is not “robotic.” This article discusses a new application of robotics for milking.
Note the photos of the cows’ living area – clean, well-lit, open stalls. This is consistent with the mission of the owners to be transparent to show how the animals are treated, and that all animals are treated well and humanely. Happy cows produce more milk.