Life on a Dairy Farm: Meet the Bolin Family

Sometimes technology can get in the way of time spent together during the year, but not for the Bolin family! Thanks to the help of farming robotics, the family behind New Day Dairy has the flexibility they need to spend more time together. So, what does time together look like on the farm? In the photo essay below, see how every member of a dairy farm family plays an important role in caring for their cows and ensuring delicious dairy foods for everyone.

Lynn and Dan Bolin are fifth generation farmers who are busy caring for cows and raising a family. Last year, they began using “Rita” the robot to milk their cows. This technology provides them the flexibility to spend more time raising their family on the farm.

Read more about how New Day Dairy utilizes technology: New Day Dairy Celebrates a Year of High-Tech Milking.

How does New Day Dairy spend time together as a family?

Meet their children: Amara (6) and Vance (3).

They also work together with Dan’s parents: Dave and Pam.

Dan is no stranger to raising a family on the farm, both of Dan’s grandparents farmed and are still finding way to help whenever possible.

“Raising a family on the farm provides an opportunity for all of us to spend quality time together,” Lynn says. “It is awesome that my children get to know their grandparents and great-grandparents.”

Meet Amara: She is six years old and is the cowgirl of the family. She is very in tune with the animals and loves feeding calves and scraping manure. She actually enjoys this job!

“Amara definitely has a cow sense about her,” Lynn says. “She even knows some of the cows better than I do.”

Meet Vance: He is three years old and enjoys helping dad do maintenance work. He loves to ride in the tractor or truck with Dan.

One of his other favorite jobs is cleaning the computer screen for the robot. At the young age of three, Vance knows how to turn the clean-mode on the computer so he can safely clean the computer screen.

Growing up on the Farm

“I enjoy that my children get to be raised knowing how to care for animals and they get the chance to be outside learning and getting dirty,” Lynn says.

Being raised on the farm is a special experience, one that New Day Dairy doesn’t take for granted. Because in the end, it is all about spending time with those that matter most!

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