Great Brook Farm State Park welcomes the New England dairy community to observe the most innovative dairy technology in Massachusetts, up close and personal. Mark and Tamma Duffy will be hosting the Massachusetts Association of Dairy Farmers Summer Picnic on July 22, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and offering tours of their new DeLaval VMS (voluntary milking system) facility. This event requires pre-registration, which can be obtained by calling (413) 369-4656.

“The VMS allows us to have a larger focus on the management of our cows and the robot takes care of the routine stuff. It’s a totally different way of milking, and we are really enjoying it!” states Mark Duffy of Great Brook Farm.

“The Duffy’s operate the dairy as their own independent business, as lessees on the state-owned property. They serve as wonderful ambassadors for agriculture to their suburban and urban neighbors, touring thousands throughout the seasons. Mark’s dairy business savvy played a major role in helping the Commonwealth justify their investment in this new state of the art facility. Everyone involved with Great Brook Farm can see the value in keeping the Duffy’s in the dairy business for the long term.” adds Rick McClenning, DeLaval Direct, Argyle, New York. PD


—From DeLaval news release