Meet Lely Producers, Mark and Sandra Ehrhardt

Today, we invite you to hear from Sandra Ehrhardt, as she talks about their farm’s robotic milking story.

On November 9, 2010, Mark and Sandra Ehrhardt installed Lely’s Astronaut A3 Next robotic milking system on their dairy. Since then, the robotic milker has handled the job of milking for their herd of 65 cows.

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Comment by Joanmarie Weiss on April 7, 2011 at 5:06pm
We traveled to Switzerland in June 2010 to see a LELY robot on a farm.  We are convinced that it will be the system to replace our 1960's pipeline milking equipment.  My husband and daughter (MSU dairy tech grad) are both passionate about the benefits of the LELY robot and computer records.  Cost is the single factor that kept us from installing one ASAP, it does take some time to figure out how to finance the capital expense of installation on a 55-65 cow dairy farm.  Hopefully, as the technology becomes more widely available the price will come down.  I don't think we are going to wait for that to happen though...  Like Sarah and Mark, we also anticipate quality improvement in our family time.  Thanks for the report, Sarah! 


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