Lely installs ‘Commodity feeder’ on every new Lely Astronaut A5

Lely has standardised the installation of the 'Commodity feeder' on the Lely Astronaut milking robot, which makes it possible to feed non-pelleted feed. Two years ago, the Commodity feeder was introduced as an option and it is currently used by hundreds robotic milkers worldwide.

March 15, 2021



The milking robot is the ideal place to supplement the PMR  (Partial Mixed Ration) at the feeding fence with individual portions per cow. The taste of this concentrate is an extra incentive for many cows to visit the milking robot. With the Commodity feeder, Lely now offers the standard solution in order to saving feed costs.

Optimal rations at a lower cost
By using loose raw materials - such as barley, oats, corn or a combination - instead of the relatively expensive compound feed, it is possible to feed more economically. Especially for self-sufficient dairy farms, this solution can result in considerable savings.. In addition, the farm is less dependent on feed processors and price fluctuations.

The operation of the system depends on the dry matter percentage, the particle size and the stickiness of the feed type. The Commodity feeder is also available as an upgrade kit and can easily be mounted on already installed Lely Astronaut robots of the A5 and A4 types (in operation from July 2013). The upgrade kit is now available from the local Lely Centers.