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Is Artificial Intelligence a Good Thing for Dairy?


If you’ve been following the news lately, there has certainly been a lot of scary articles written about how Artificial Intelligence (AI) needs to be “halted” until we can pass laws to govern it better and how it is going to take over the world and we’ll become human slaves to robots. As with any technological advancement, it can be used for good or for evil ends.


AI has recently become available free to the public through Chat GPT, an AI Chatbot developed by Open AI, a private research laboratory that aims to develop and direct AI in ways that benefit humanity as a whole. https://openai.com/ I decided to sign up and give it a try for myself. Here was my experience……


It took me about 3 minutes to sign up for an account using my email address and a password. Once I had an account I typed the following command in the chat box and hit enter:

“write up a 200 word 10 point milking protocol for dairy employees”


It took about 10 seconds to write out the milking protocol for me. I was amazed at how complete and well written it was. Now, of course I would want to edit the document, make some changes and personalize it to my farm. But, even with that, I’d be able to produce a quality milking protocol for my farm in 10 minutes or less. If I had to start from scratch I’d spend at least an hour thinking, researching and writing. TIME SAVED = 50 minutes


Here is what Chat GPT wrote for me. What do you think?


Milking Protocol for Dairy Employees

  1. Personal hygiene: All employees must practice good personal hygiene, including washing hands thoroughly with soap and water before and after milking, and wearing clean milking attire.

  2. Cow preparation: Cows should be properly prepared for milking by cleaning the udder and teats with a clean, damp cloth to remove dirt and debris.

  3. Milking equipment: All milking equipment should be cleaned and sanitized before each milking session, following manufacturer's instructions.

  4. Milking routine: Employees should follow a consistent milking routine, including pre-stripping each teat, gentle and efficient machine attachment, and maintaining a clean and organized milking process.

  5. Post-dipping: After milking, each teat should be dipped in an approved teat dip to prevent the spread of bacteria, and excess dip should be wiped off with a clean towel.

  6. Equipment cleaning: After milking, all milking equipment should be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized according to the manufacturer's instructions.

  7. Record keeping: Accurate records should be kept for each milking session, including milk production per cow, and any abnormalities observed during milking.

  8. Health monitoring: Employees should monitor cow health during milking, checking for signs of illness or discomfort, and reporting any abnormalities to the supervisor.

  9. Employee health and safety: Employees should prioritize their own health and safety during milking, including wearing appropriate protective gear and following proper lifting techniques.

  10. Training and education: All employees involved in milking should receive proper training and education on milking protocols, cow health, and milk quality, with regular refresher training sessions provided.


Insights from Dr. Kevin Hoogendoorn, DVM, Creator and Owner of the ZISK dairy app.

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