Ben and Amber Rein are fifth-generation dairy farmers in Lanesboro, Minnesota. A few years ago, Rein Farms had 60 cows and one Lely Astronaut A4 robotic milking system. In just a few short years, their herd has more than doubled. Today, the Reins use two Lely Astronaut A4s and one Lely Vector automatic feeding system to help feed and maintain their herd of 150 dairy cows.
“We added a Lely Vector in 2018 and it improved our free cow traffic system,” said Ben Rein. Free cow traffic allows for the cows to come and go as they please, making sure they are well-fed day in and day out.
Ben and Amber were more than happy to take over the farm and continue to run the family operation.
“I love the life of being a dairy farmer because you’re right at your home,” Ben explained. “I don’t have to drive into work, my kids are out there helping me.”
For the Reins, adding Lely robots has allowed for more family time. “We went from spending three or more hours a day on feeding alone to about 15 minutes to check the data without sacrificing cow comfort and health.”
Why Rein Chose Lely Milking Robots and Automated Feeding Systems
A number of factors went into Ben’s decision to add Lely robots to Rein Farms.
“I chose Lely robots because I wanted to use sand bedding and other robots did not recommend using sand,” said Rein. “Our neighbours had put in Lely robots and had great success and we saw the support they received.” Ben added, “Another reason I chose Lely, was their extensive company history, their customer service and reputation of the company.”