November 2011 Blog Posts (6)

Wordless Wednesday – November 30

On this Wordless Wednesday, we’d like to share a photo from SwissLane Farms. They started milking with Lely’s Astronaut robotic milking system this week and, as you can see from the below photo, also installed Lely’s Luna cow…


Added by Lely North America on November 30, 2011 at 3:17pm — No Comments

Just Made Me Smile!

    After coming home from class Monday, I got an unexpected phone call. This twelve year old, fellow Holstein junior, wouldn't usually call without reason, so I answered.

    Making casual conversation, I asked how she was doing and her reply caught me off guard. She then explained to me that her friends had ran across a video online that,…


Added by Bailee Whitehead on November 24, 2011 at 3:51pm — 1 Comment

Long-distance dairying

Imagine managing a dairy long-distance. That’s what Kylie Daniels does. She works for ADM Alliance Nutrition and lives in Alabama, but also helps manage Green Acres Dairy in Randolph Center, Vermont.

Daniels makes all the breeding and operating decisions and manages all marketing and sales. Her mother and step-father keep things running at home.

“I’m kind of an odd duck because I don’t dairy on a daily basis, yet I’m involved in it every day. I had three text messages…


Added by Alisa A. Raty on November 21, 2011 at 5:26pm — No Comments

Space in the barn to avoid high ranked cows

For good cow flow towards the robot, it’s very important that cows have enough space in the barn – space behind the feed fence, space in the passages, space between the robot cubicles and also space in front of the robot.

Why is space so important?

Hear from one Lely team member as he explains the importance of space in the barn.

For more…


Added by Lely North America on November 18, 2011 at 8:48am — No Comments

Friday Focus – The floor of the barn

For good cow flow, it’s important that cows have healthy claws.

Healthy claws = active cows = optimal robot visits

Claw health is influenced by a number of factors. Optimum housing and effective barn hygiene reduce the risk of claw problems. Feeding and other management measures play a part, as well.

Hear from one Lely team member as he explains the importance of the barn floor.…


Added by Lely North America on November 11, 2011 at 9:55am — No Comments

Robotic milking and feeding basics

With free cow traffic, cows are free to move around the barn – from the feed fence to the robot, the cubicles and water troughs – without interruption from fencing or selection gates. Experiences and observations of many farms around the world show that free cow traffic is the basis for successful robotic milking.

By allowing the cow to make her own decisions, both comfort and productivity are optimized. The cows make their own choice for either resting or being milked or fed,…


Added by Lely North America on November 4, 2011 at 9:44am — No Comments

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