The milk is sold to the Upper Styrian Dairy, known throughout the region for its milk and cheese products. The cows are milked mechanically by a milking robot, which saves time and boosts productivity, while also monitoring the milking processes and collecting all necessary data on milk and animals. “Today a robot is a must, but it’s just part of the entire milk production chain,” notes Sackl. In addition to the robot and optimum conditions for the cattle, high-quality feed is a must and has a major influence on the taste of the milk. “Our cows only get local feed, especially maize and grass silage. That way we know it’s good quality,” he says, adding, “We make our own feed on our 36 hectares of field and meadow.”