Homestead Dairy Innovates with Technology-Driven Expansion09/12/2016 Family owned and operated Homestead Dairy is about to become one of the largest automated robotic dairy farms in the nation, with an improved robotic milking system that can serve as a model for modern dairy farming innovation across the country. This expansion was supported by the Marshall County Council at a public hearing today in which they approved a personal and real property tax abatement for Homestead Dairy, LLC. Marshall County’s support of this uniquely large expansion and capital expenditure speaks to the value our region places on local farms. This tax abatement supports Homestead’s plans to invest approximately $6 million to build a new, 400,000 square foot robotic dairy facility. An additional $8 million will be invested to purchase 24 robotic milking machines, more than any other dairy in the nation. The facility and robotic milking machines will improve efficiency, milking capacity, and the health and wellbeing of the farm’s approximately 3,500 dairy cows, with 1,400 more cows soon to be added in anticipation of the expansion. This capital investment will strengthen the local economy through increased profits, retention of current local workers, and the creation of new jobs.