As society becomes more mechanized, so too do industries such as agriculture. While resident dairy cows may not notice the changes — and perhaps might even be more comfortable with the regularity of robotic milking and the luxury of water beds — farmers might take longer to adjust to the new age of agriculture.

Livestock-based production accounts for more than 60 percent of agricultural cash receipts in Idaho. 

Dairies support more than 39,400 jobs, making it one of the largest economic drivers in Idaho, IDA President Pete Wiersma said.

Stories by Mychel Matthews, Heather Kennison, Julie Wootton-Greener and Jessica L. Flammang.

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