High Plains Robotics is an exciting new business founded on the experience and success of several businesses, DeLaval, Artex, and Fiske Electric. The combination of world class dairy products, international business, experienced local technicians, and decades of dairy operation give High Plains Robotics a unique opportunity to deliver cutting edge solutions to your dairy farm. We look forward to helping farmers in our community build the farms of the future.
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New DeLaval dealership in Colorado to lead automated milking in the region
High Plains Robotics becomes the first VMS-exclusive DeLaval dealership
JOHNSTOWN, CO (March 13, 2018) – Dairy producers in Colorado, Wyoming and Western Nebraska can rely on the experience and professionalism of the team at High Plains Robotics – the newest DeLaval dealer and the first to exclusively sell and support DeLaval robotic solutions. The dealership is a collaborative venture of well-respected Colorado businessmen Kevin Fiske and John de Jonge.
The owners and staff of High Plains Robotics are longtime Colorado dairy producers. Kevin Fiske, Fiske Electric, has his own 700-cow family dairy, and his colleague, Randy Checketts, was raised in the dairy industry and brings multiple years of experience with DeLaval solutions. John de Jonge is passionate about cow comfort and the success of the farmers.
“High Plains Robotics has identified the need and is prepared to meet the demand for VMS in these large, western dairies,” Checketts says. “By pairing all of our industry expertise with DeLaval robotics, we’re confident we can bring the best solutions and support to dairies in Colorado.”
Knowing the largest robotic dairy in the world is home to 64 DeLaval VMS, High Plains Robotics saw a match between the large herd expertise of DeLaval and the needs of Western dairies. Checketts and team were also drawn to the only robot that can preg-check your cows: the VMS Supra+. “The capabilities for preg-checking and monitoring mastitis and ketosis are going to be a great asset to the dairies out here,” Checketts confirms.
“We’re the same people you’ve known in your community for over 41 years,” Checketts says. “We’re really excited about this new opportunity for service to our dairies in the west.”
Clyde Olmstead, DeLaval District Manager, was instrumental in starting up the dealership. “Having a robotics-exclusive dealership, especially while robotics are starting to take off in this part of the country, is going to be the ticket to these producers’ success,” Olmstead says. “A whole new set of management practices comes with robots, and High Plains Robotics will really be able to hone in on that with their customers.”
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