Sammy and Pam Jones
Jones Robotic Dairy
Star City, IN
Sammy and Pam Jones are truly innovators and supporters of the dairy industry. Their willingness to pioneer new technologies, desire to maintain a quality of life unique to family farms, development of breeding bulls, and involvement and impact on many organizations makes them worthy candidates for the ILBA Hall of Fame.
In planning Indiana's first ever automatic milking system (AMS) genetic selection for robot friendly udders and good teat placement was top priority for the Jones Family. Starting in 1975, Sammy and Pam utilized AI and embryo transplant technology to improve the cattle in their small closed herd. By 2003, the adoption of robotic milking as a new technology became the visible hallmark of the operation.
Robotic milking of the cow herd allowed for the development and improvement of other areas of the farm such as bull development and marketing, feed management, cow health and comfort, and land stewardship. Time away from the task of milking allowed Sammy and Pam to begin selling bulls to other dairies and heifer developers.
Sammy and Pam share their facility and philosophy with tour groups. Visitors to their operation have come from 25 different states and 8 countries. They have served as leaders for several organizations including Farm Bureau, various congressional agricultural advisory groups, and the PCARET.
Congratulations and thank you to Sammy and Pam Jones for your influence, innovation, and dedication to the agricultural community.