Paul H. Detwiler is the General Manager of STgenetics® Research and Genetic Development farm, the Ohio Heifer Center, located in South Charleston, Ohio. Detwiler analyzes the operation’s collected data to breed more efficient dairy cows. To support this effort, the farm’s team milks with 16 Lely Astronaut A5 robotic milking systems, which gather the vital data used in the breeding program.
When STgenetics® (ST) and The Ohio Heifer Center (OHC) were designing a new barn, they had to decide upon the milking strategy that would best fit their vision.
“One of the buzzwords in our industry, as we evolve, is robots vs. rotaries,” Detwiler said.
Once the decision was made to go with robots, it was clear the brand would be Lely.
“It was a very easy selection to pick the Lely Astronaut A5 robots,” explained Detwiler.
For ST-OHC, the Lely philosophy of free-flow and animal management were consistent with their company’s welfare standards.
Maximizing Animal Welfare with Lely Robotic Milking
“Part of STgenetics® core values are committing to animal welfare, with our building site at the time and our cow care team, it fit us better to go with the robot management style.” Paul explained.
ST-OHC wanted to develop a barn where a cow could free-flow but where their cow care team could assist them when needed. The added benefits of the data they receive from the Lely robots made it easier for them to install this milking system.