Precision technologies featured at 2019 Southwest Dairy Day
Southwest Dairy Day (SWDD) will take place on November 7, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at T&K Dairy located at the intersection of U.S. Highway 84 East and Country Road 1673 east of Snyder. This event will be hosted by the Collier family, owners and operators of T&K Dairy (Figure 1) and organized by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.
Every year around 500 people participate in SWDD including University faculties, Extension personnel, allied industry, dairy families and local communities with interest in dairy production. This year will be special since we are celebrating the 10-year anniversary.
The goal of this year's event is to show dairy producers technologies they can adopt and use at their farms and also a family day where the local community has the opportunity to learn more about dairy farming. We are grateful for the support from the host family, Texas Association of Dairymen, allied industry folks and Extension personnel.
The Collier family are third generation family dairy producers. T&K Dairy is named for Tim and Keith who started the dairy in 1982. Will Collier is the son and grandson of Tim and Keith and is married to Lauren.
The Colliers have worked hard at their family-owned operation over the years. They are passionate about their dairy and enjoy their way of life. We are proud and honored to work with the Collier family and look forward to a successful 2019 SWDD
This past August, the Colliers started milking cows in a new barn with the first stationary milking robots in the state of Texas. Automatic milking systems will be the main highlight of SWDD this year (Figure 2).
In the morning, tours to the new barn will start at 9 a.m. and depart every 20 minutes until noon, to resume in the afternoon.
The tours will consist in three stations: 1) Automatic milking systems and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) of cattle (Dan Meihak from Lely company); 2) Rumination collars, cow brushes, robotic feed pushers and water beds (Dr. Barbara Jones, Tarleton State University) and 3) Ventilation and manure management (Drs. Ken Casey and Zong Liu, Texas A&M University System/
At noon, lunch will be provided, sponsored by Hi-Pro Feeds, and Dr. Jason Smith, AgriLife Extension Beef Specialist at Amarillo, will present the use of beef semen in the dairy industry.
Tours will resume in the afternoon. During the event, people from the allied industry will display their products in over 60 booths inside the tent and bigger equipment outside.
We would like to thank all the sponsors who have supported this event, providing milk and ice cream and displaying their products.
Booth registration and sponsorships for vendors is open through October 31st and the rates and information can be found at
The entrance to the event is free and no registration is needed for participants
* For more information please visit our website: or feel free to contact us at or firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to seeing you soon. http://texasdairymatters.org. OCTOBER 2019
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Collier family at barn. Photo courtesy of Dairy MAX.
Cow being milk at a stationary milking robot. Photo courtesy of Dairy MAX
An overhead view of the recently constructed barn with automatic milking systems (stationary milking robots).