Lely celebrates 50,000th Astronaut

Maassluis, May 15 2024 - Today the 50,000th Astronaut was handed over to its new owner at the Balmoral Show in Lisburn, Northern Ireland. John Henning OBE, 37th president of the Royal Ulster Agricultural Society, was present to celebrate this momentous milestone. Since its commercial introduction in 1995, the Astronaut has revolutionized dairy farming. Currently the Astronaut milking robots milk over 2.500.000 cows daily in over 50 countries worldwide.

May 21, 2024


From left to right: John Henning OBE, 37th president of the Royal Ulster Agricultural Society, David Cargill proud dairy farmer and owner of the 50,000th Astronaut, Jim Irwin center manager of Lely Center Eglish.

Unveiling at the Balmoral Show

The Balmoral Show, a highlight on the Northern Ireland calendar, is a four-day exhibition of agriculture, food, entertainment and trade in Lisburn. It set the stage for an unforgettable moment as the 50,000th Lely Astronaut milking robot was unveiled at the Lely stand of Lely Center Eglish.

"We are honored to have John Henning OBE, 37 th president of the Royal Ulster Agricultural Society, to join us today and unveil the 50,000th Astronaut on our stand. Lely Center Eglish are delighted that this momentous milestone for Lely is happening in our area. We wish our customer the best of luck with his new Astronaut." - Jim Irwin, center manager Lely Center Eglish.

Revolution in dairy farming

For over three decades, the Lely Astronaut has been a game-changer in the world of milking, making an impact on the lives of numerous dairy farmers, their families, and their cows. With its innovative design and commitment to free cow traffic, the Astronaut has paved the way for optimal milking results while supporting the natural behavior of the cow.

"We are proud to celebrate the 50,000th Astronaut. Over the past 30 years, we have worked on improving farmer prosperity while contributing to the cows’ welfare and allowing them to follow their most natural rhythm. We look forward to support and positively impact the lives of many more farmers worldwide with our milking innovations." - Mark Brummel, Managing Director Business Team Milking at Lely.

Through the years new editions of the Astronaut were introduced and all of these brought new features, updates and improvements. Next to continuously improving solutions, Lely offers long-term support and consultancy to support in achieving the best results on farm. In the coming years, Lely will continue to innovate to contribute to making the lives of farmers easier through innovative solutions and tailored services.


unnamed file

Proud moment as the Lely Center Eglish team, alongside esteemed Minister John Henning, celebrate the delivery of the new Lely milking robot to their valued customer David Cargill.

About Lely

Lely, founded in 1948, focuses on a sustainable, profitable and enjoyable future for the agricultural sector. With the cow at its center, the company develops high-quality robots and data systems that increase animal welfare, flexibility and production on the dairy farm. Lely offers innovative solutions for Feeding, Manure and Milking, as well as Digital solutions on farm.

For more than 30 years, Lely has been a global leader in the sale and service of automated systems, to successive generations of dairy farmers. Every day Lely inspires its employees to provide customers with innovative solutions, and to be a trusted partner for long-term advice and support. With its headquarters in Maassluis and a global network of dedicated Lely Center branches for customized sales and service, Lely operates in over 50 countries and employs some 2,500 people.

Please visit www.lely.com for more information.

Note to editors, not for publication For more information, please contact Eveline van Wijmen, Corporate Communications Lely

evanwijmen@lely.com , +31 (0) 6 51 94 47 48