At dairy farms that dot the Western Pennsylvania countryside, there’s a sense of accomplishment that comes with squeezing more and more milk out of the cows. 

More milk flows from the 45 cows at Windy Ridge Dairy, which straddles the border of Beaver and Lawrence counties, when their diet is supplemented by specific probiotics recommended by a nutritionist who visits every two weeks. 

At Canon Dairy in Mercer County, cows are getting used to a new robotic milking machine that automatically attaches suction cups to the full udders and pumps milk through plastic tubes into a container. Installed six months ago, the machine has on average boosted each cow’s daily milk production by about 10 pounds. 

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