Lely installed the first Lely Vector automatic feeding systems on a number of dairy farms back in 2011. Beef cattle farms followed.
“These test farms were an important sparring partner for us in terms of product improvements,” says Teus de Jong, Senior Barn & Feeding Product Manager at Lely. "By listening to the test farms’ practical experiences, conducting field research and simply trying out new things, we’ve improved the Vector system in all kinds of ways."
More durable, more accurate and easier to use
The lifting mechanism and feed grabber of the loading system were completely redesigned to make them more accurate and durable. The mixing and feeding robot has also been improved. The barrel and auger are now made of stainless steel, the design is easier to service in many aspects and the rotational speed of the auger has been increased to improve the quality of mixing and cutting. The software has also been updated on various occasions. In this way, the system has been made even more durable, accurate and easier to use over the past ten years.
“Lely has always used innovation to help farmers ensure their future is more profitable, sustainable and pleasant. The Lely Vector is no exception. It has been developed by thinking differently, and fully exploiting all the possibilities that automation offers. This has resulted in the most advanced, profitable and therefore most popular automatic feeding system on the market. That’s something we’re very proud of,” said De Jong.
March 17, 2021
Lely and ID Agro enter into a partnership for modular feed kitchens
After jointly introducing the first modular feed kitchen in 2017, robot manufacturer Lely and barn innovator ID Agro have now entered into an official partnership. In recent years, both specialists have continued work on the system to ensure it is an even better match for Lely's Vector feeding system. With this partnership, both organisations have given the green flag to distribute the modular feed kitchen via the Lely Center network. This allows ID Agro to expand its sales market, while Lely Centers can offer their customers a complete automatic feeding system. For livestock farmers, it means a shorter turnaround time and further direct communication lines during the planning and installation of the Vector system.
March 8, 2021
Lely produces 1,000th Vector automatic feeding system
Lely produced the 1000th Vector feeding system today. A special milestone, as they have doubled production in the past three years. The Vector feeding system is now used in 31 countries on a wide variety of dairy and beef cattle farms. The 1000th Vector is on its way to Società Agricola Rendena San Michele's dairy farm in Italy, to feed a herd of 117 to 130 lactating cows plus associated young stock, heifers and dry cows.
Jan. 18, 2021
Hot weather does not affect the quality of silage blocks
On behalf of Lely, the University of Milan conducted a study into the feed quality and heating of blocks of corn silage in a feed kitchen. During the days in which the study was carried out, the temperature was more than 30 ºC. However, the temperature of the corn blocks rose by only 2 ºC.
Nov. 9, 2020
New feed grabber for the Lely Vector feeding system
Lely introduces a new feed grabber for the Lely Vector automatic feeding system. The feed grabber hangs in the feed kitchen and is used to load the mixing and feeding robot with an accuracy of up to 98%. The new design improves both the functionality and lifetime of the feed grabber bucket, and the maintenance costs.
Sept. 30, 2020
Lely improves the feed accuracy, capacity, mixing and cutting quality of the Vector feeding system
Lely introduces a faster auger motor for the Vector feeding system. The higher rotational speed of the auger improves the mixing and cutting quality. As a result, less mixing time is required, which increases the capacity of the feeding system. The faster auger motor also empties the mixing tub better. This increases the feed accuracy of the next ration.