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TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION

California's dairy families continue to improve their farming operations, and they are committed to investing in innovative technologies that benefit their animals and their communities. 

GPS-Guided Tractors
"Precision agriculture" means using technology as guide to apply just the right amount of resources.
Manure Solid Separation
Manure solid separators create organic compost and reduce methane emissions.
Cooling Systems
Dairy barns have a cooling system to keep cows comfortable on hot days: fans, misters, and/or soakers.
Dairy Manure Digesters
There are currently 16 dairy digesters across the state, turning manure into renewable energy.
Sub-Surface Drip Irrigation
Sub-surface drip irrigation is a type of "precision agriculture" technology that increases water efficiency.
Solar Energy
Dairy farm families harvest renewable energy with large solar panel installations.
Efficient Lighting
LED lighting and other energy-efficient techniques are used in milking parlors, freestall barns and offices.
Electric Pumps
Dairies continue to convert diesel irrigation pumps to electric pumps, reducing their carbon "hoofprint."
Efficient Parlor Design
Recycled water is used to cool milking talks, sanitize equipment, and wash cows.
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GPS-Guided Tractors
Precision-agricultural technologies ensure efficient use of resources.
Alternative Manure Management
Dairy families are investing in a variety of technologies to reduce methane emissions from manure.
Cooling Systems
Dairy barns have cooling systems to keep cows comfortable on hot days: fans, misters, and/or soakers.
Dairy Manure Digesters
Dairy digesters are increasingly being utilized to turn manure into renewable energy.
Sub-Surface Drip Irrigation
Sub-surface drip irrigation (a precision agricultural technology) helps increase water efficiency.
Solar Energy
More than 100 California dairy farms have installed solar energy systems.
Efficient Lighting
LED lighting and other energy-efficient techniques are used in milking parlors, freestall barns, and offices.
Electric Pumps
Dairies continue to convert diesel irrigation pumps to electric motors, reducing their carbon "hoofprint."
Efficient Parlor Design
Water is used to sanitize equipment and wash cows, and is then recycled multiple times.
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