1948

The beginning

Brothers Arij and Cornelis van der Lely are working on innovations to make the farmer's life more pleasant.

1948

1948

Lely established

Founded after the invention of the finger wheel rake.

1948

1958

Lely's single disc spreader

The creation of an entirely unique artificial fertilizer spreader, which even today is still produced and sold in America.

1958

1965

Lely Lotus hook tine

A uniquely designed tedder tine which turns crop faster and evenly is created.

1965

1968

Lelyterra power harrow

The development of the Lelyterra power harrow marks the real breakthrough and internationalization of Lely as a company and an unprecedented growth in sales.

1968

1983

Modular cutter bar concept

This cutter bar contains far fewer fears than any other cutter bar, which results in outstanding output and saving on fuel.

1983

1992

First Lely Astronaut in operation

A prototype of the Lely Astronaut milking robot is introduced. Farmers acknowledge this as the most important invention of the 20th century for dairy farmers.

1992

1995

Second generation of Van der Lely

Olaf van der Lely, son of Cornelis, takes over the management of the company.

1995

1995

Official introduction Lely Astronaut

Lely brings to market the revolution of the dairy robotic milk system.

1995

1997

Lely Lotus 1325

The tedder was the world’s largest for decades in terms of tedding output and quality.

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1999

Lely MQC

The MQC (Milk Quality Control) system provides insight into valuable indicators of milk quality, including cell count, color and conductivity. The measuring system is placed in the robot arm, right next to the udder

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2003

Lely Astronaut Evolution

A new century has arrived and it too is full of innovations and smart technologies. The Lely Astronaut A2 Evolution, including a static teat detection system and renewed vacuum system, is launched.

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2004

Alexander van der Lely CEO

Alexander van der Lely succeeds his brother Olaf as CEO of the family business.

2004

2004

Lely Hibiscus 1015 Profi

The world’s largest 2-rotor central delivery rake is introduced.

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2005

Lely Discovery mobile barn cleaner

Lely provides an intelligent solution, which meets the growing need of dairy farmers for optimum hygiene in their cow housings.

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2005

Lely Astronaut A3

Lely offers a state-of-the-art design with advanced milking robot technology to ensure greater reliability and flexibility with the Lely Astronaut.

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2005

Lely Splendimo Clip

Lely introduces a very simple invention ensuring a timely, easy and above all safe change of mower blades.

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2007

Lely Voyager

Lely introduces an automatic grazing system. The so-called 'frontal grazing' limits grazing losses, prevents fluctuations in milk production and saves labor.

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2007

Lely Lotus 2010

Unique tedder with 8 rotors and 7 tine arms per rotor and equipped with the Lely carrier system.

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2008

Lely Juno feed pusher

Lely takes a major step forward in the automated supply of feed to livestock.

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2009

Lely Welger RPC445 Tornado

Lely launches the first fully variable baler/wrapper combination in the market place.

2009

2009

Lely Attis

The Lely Attis is a round bale wrapper with a large capacity. The loading arm is exceptionally robust and ensures that the bale is placed effortlessly on the wrapping table.

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2010

Lely Astronaut A4

The Astronaut A4 is set up in modular concept. A central unit features a central vacuum and cleaning system for up to two cow units.

2010

2011

Lely Juno 100

After the Lely Juno 150, a smaller, more compact and financially more attractive model is now available: the Lely Juno 100. Due to the smaller diameter, it is also ideal for a narrower feed alley.

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2011

Joint venture Lely en GET

Lely and Green Energy Technologies (GET) are starting a joint venture to develop a sustainable fertilizer refining system.

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2012

Lely Vector

The automated feeding system for flexible and fresh feeding of cows is introduced.

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2012

Lely Tigo XR 100

The pick-up of the Lely Tigo XR is unique thanks to the seven tooth bars.

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2013

Lely T4C InHerd

The mobile application, a revolution of farm management software, launches

Herd management software, T4C InHerd, provides a constant overview of your farm and cows that need your attention so you can take action when it is needed.

2014

20.000th Lely Astronaut robot installed

Lely reaches milestone sales in robotic milking with the Lely Astronaut.

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2014

Lely Welger Continuous Baling concept

A prototype of the Lely Welger CB Concept is introduced. Farmers acknowledge its continuous quality, capacity and comfort.

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2016

Launch of first Lely Astronaut packages

The optional packages meet farmer’s needs.

2016

2017

Sale of forage activities

Strategic choice to focus on dairy farms worldwide and sale of our forage harvesting machines to AGCO Corporation.

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2017

Lely Discovery Collector

The Discovery Collector is specially designed for closed-floor stables and works revolutionarily different from a traditional manure scraper.

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2017

25 Years dairy automation

The era of dairy automation truly took off when Lely started with robotic milking.

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2018

Lely celebrates 70th anniversary

In its 70-year history, Lely has changed traditions in agriculture, with innovations that have made life easier for farmers and cows.

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2018

Lely Astronaut A5

Introduction of the Lely Astronaut A5 milking robot system and the renewed Lely Juno feed pusher during the Lely Future Farm Days.

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2018

Lely Orbiter

Lely developed a dairy processor for the farm, the Lely Orbiter - a system that makes milk processing on the farm affordable, practical, safe and above all profitable.

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2019

Family Business Award

Lely was voted "Family Business of the Year 2019". Former CEO Alexander van der Lely received the annual prestigious Family Business Award from Hans Wiegel.

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2020

André van Troost CEO

André van Troost is the successor of Alexander van der Lely as CEO of the Lely Group. Alexander van der Lely will become Chairman of the Supervisory Board. 

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Why Lely?

Farmers all over the world make choices about how they set up and run their farms. Every day, we help them make the best choices for themselves and their farms. We do this by providing advice and innovative solutions that contribute to efficient farm management. For sustainable milk and meat production. Present and future.

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