How can technology impact farming jobs and ways of life?

Where do cows go to get milked?

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Read and discuss MODERN FARMING to find out why some dairy products are liquid and other are solids.

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what modern farms can look like

Modern farms use modern tools. Diary farming has been an important part of agriculture in Canada since settlers arrived from Europe centuries ago. However, farming has come a long way from the times of milking stools and pails.

Dairy farmers use different types of milking parlours on their farms. Watch this video to find out how to tell them apart!

Many dairy farmers now also use high-tech tools, like milking robots, feed-pushing robots, GPS-enabled tractors, text alerts to notify farmers about calving cows and more. Technology can take care of many farm tasks that used to be done by hand.

Check out this video to find out about the technology that some dairy farmers depend upon.

working smarter

Technology has changed some of the roles that farmers have traditionally had. On dairy farms, the use of technology allows farmers to focus on the healthy and wellness of their cows. They can detect any signs of illness very early and provide care more quickly.

In a barn with a voluntary milking system, the cows can eat, rest, drink and be milked anytime they want. The milking robot records information about the cow’s health and milk production.

Technology does not take the place of the farmer or other people they work with, like veterinarians and nutritionists. The technology needs people who can teach farmers how to use it and technicians who can repair anything that might need fixing. Working smarter to produce healthy, nutritious and safe food means that people, not just technology, are essential.

 

 

Watch the video to see what a voluntary milking system looks like.

Why skills do you think farmers must have on modern farms?