Dairy Farm Case Studies

The Houseknecht Family

Expansion with Robotic Milking System

Bill and Stacey Houseknecht, Bradford County, are building a new dairy barn with a Double-8 parlor, and a lagoon manure system, partially funded through EQUIP grant money.  Initially, the Houseknechts’ plans included robotics, but ultimately, they felt most comfortable with the risk and debt load associated with a parlor system.  The new barn will accommodate up to 225 cows.  Bill and Stacey previously had a 60-cow tie-stall barn.

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Full Report

Farm History & Executive Summary

Feasibility Study

Business Plan

Modernization & Technology

Site Survey


Renewable Energy

Conservation & Environmental Stewardship

Animal Care and Comfort

Risk Management

Other Unique Aspects

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