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, 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.
Management, T4C & InHerd
Weight attentions in T4C; a helpful tool in detecting lameness
Claw health is important in maintaining optimal cow flow to the robot. Therefore, early detection of lameness (combined with a routine hoof trimming program) is crucial in minimizing economic impacts on the farm.
Management, T4C & InHerd, Feeding
Why is it required to calibrate concentrates?
The main reason that motivates a cow to visit the Lely Astronaut milking robot is to collect her concentrate portion there. If the feed settings in T4C are correct, each cow will be fed the right portion. The milking robot and/or the Lely Cosmix concentrate feeder distribute the concentrate to the cow in a pre-set volume. In theory, every truck load of concentrate may differ in density due to its variation in ingredients. This could result in incorrect portions being fed to cows. If this happens, you will either underfeed or overfeed the cows.