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      Hometown Farmer: Jones Dairy

      Dairy farming has changed over the last few decades.

      It's still a lot of work, a lot of very "hands on" type of stuff, but as the years go by, technology helps out more and more.

      Just ask Aaron Titterington about the feeding computer.

      Aaron grew up on the Jones Family Dairy Farm near Spencer.

      She says the family's been using the computer feeding system for a few years, made possible because of the computer chip tag each cow wears, monitoring how much they eat and letting the family know if something's wrong.

      "It's just like you and I," said Aaron. "If we don't feel like eating there's probably something going on, same with them."

      That personalized, and computerized, attention helps out when you raise 400 or so Jersey heifers a year.

      But sometimes the technology isn't so obvious.

      If you take a trip to the farm this time of year, you'll notice the calves wear coats to keep warm, usually from October to May.

      Couple that with thermostat controlled air curtains, and you can be sure the cold doesn't bother the cows and doesn't hurt milk production.

      But weather's something you have to watch out for all year long. Especially when it gets extreme.

      "Once we're above 90 and we're very humid, they're off," said Aaron. "They don't want to do anything but lay around or stand around and drink water, just like us."

      From the outside of the barns to the inside of the milking parlor, technology is everywhere at the Jones Family Dairy Farm.

      You probably won't be drinking the milk that comes from that dairy, Aaron says it gets made into cheese.

      If you know of any farmers you think would be great on "Proud to be a Hometown Farmer," please email Jake at: jheller@siouxlandnews.com.

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