Lely Astronaut A4 users tell their story – Van Dorp dairy farm

Last week, we shared Jan and Chris Kappers’ robotic milking story in the February 13th blog, The longest running Lely Astronaut in Northern America.

Today, we’d like to introduce you to Arnold van Dorp, owner of Van Dorp dairy farm in Holland. Arnold currently milks 175 cows with four Lely Astronaut robotic milking systems.

Why did you opt for a Lely Astronaut A4 milking robot?

Before we installed the Astronaut A4 on our farm, we were milking in a conventional milking parlor. Right from the start, my parents Henk and Rita were enthusiastic about robotic milking, especially because of the flexibility that comes with it. In addition, a robot fits in well with my existing business and growing ambitions as well as the fact that we are determined to remain a two man business. This is only feasible by making optimal use of robots and automation. The matter was clinched by the fact that my wife, Carola, and I were looking for a system that could be kept running by two people during week days and by one person in weekends, so that there would be more time for our family. Now that the robots are running, I would not have it any other way. We, and the cows, got used to the robots very quickly. The barn is like a true oasis of peace and quiet for the cows and for me as well.

For more from Van Dorp dairy farm, including experiences and advantages of Lely's Astronaut, visit LelyLife.com.

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