Our Farm Management Support specialists continuously investigate how to improve the milking process even further. They do this by running tests in the barn while using our customers’ knowledge of the Lely barn solutions. In this way they gain valuable insights, which help you to manage your dairy farm more efficiently and profitably.
Management, Cow health, Milking
Heat stress: causes, facts and prevention
The optimal outside temperature for dairy cattle lies between 23°F and 64°F. Heat stress is caused by a combination of high temperature and high humidity. At a temperature of 68°F and a humidity of 80%, a cow is already suffering from heat stress. Literature and practice have indicated that heat stress impacts the activity, milk yield and health of cows. As a result of this, the number of voluntary visits of cows to the robot will decrease, which means a negative impact on farm performance. Using the Lely Benchmark tool, we have analyzed this.
Tips and tricks on correct walking lane composition
When a lane needs to be established, it is important to start with a surface that is stable and durable. It is advisable to dig out the top layer of the ground and fill it with stable material so that the surface becomes and remains stable. This can be facilitated by a layer of gravel, pebbles or sand with a comfortable height of around 20 cm to 40 cm, depending on the material and soil conditions.
Management, T4C & InHerd, Feeding, Milking
Udder health: common sense?
During the ‘Cows in the cloud, down to earth’ Farm Management Symposium, Anneke Gouw gave a presentation on: ‘udder health, common sense?’ When striving for a sustainable future, udder health needs some special attention as it is one of the main reasons for culling a cow. But how can you take the next step in udder health improvement?
Management, Cow health
Utilize Lely Benchmark
The key topic of the Farm Management Symposium 2012 was how to utilize Lely Benchmark during your daily work as an advisor or veterinarian. In this article we will highlight some facts and experiences, look at reasons to use Lely Benchmark and tell you how to register.
Management, Grazing, T4C & InHerd, Feeding, Milking
When the grazing season starts and the cows go out for grazing for the first time of the year, there is a positive vibe running through the farm. On the other hand, there are always heifers which calved during the winter and which need to be trained to pass the Lely Grazeway and enter the pasture.
Management, Cow health
Water - vital for cows and robot
Compressed air, power and water are basic requirements for a properly functioning Astronaut milking robot. Compressed air is generated by the internal oil-free air compressor. Obviously, power should meet the standard voltage and ampere; otherwise the robot could not function. Cows need sufficient fresh and clean water to ensure their optimal well-being and yield, so the use of good quality water in and around the robot is of great importance.