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Computer controlled concentrate feeders allow farm managers to allocate concentrates to each cow. The purpose of this study was to investigate the use and profitability of these systems on New York dairy farms. A mail survey, sent to farmers using automated feeding systems, found a $179 per cow return. Further, it was found that the newer technology of microcomputer based systems generated a return of $189 per cow from investment. Net present value analysis found that 90 percent of the farms with microcomputer feeding systems had a positive net present value for the investment. This research suggests that investment in automated feeding equipment can be a profitable decision for many farms

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