Graduation assignment: the effect of a manure robot on the incidence of infectious claw disorders at dairy farms
  • International colleagues
  • Realtime data of >30.000 Lely robots
  • Dairyfarmers as colleagues
  • Maassluis
  • 32-40 hours
  • WO
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What is your role?

Are you studying a Master in veterinary or animal science?  Would you like to know more about the impact of barn automation on cow health and well-being? Are you looking for a graduation assignment within an international environment? This is your opportunity to graduate at Lely! 

The Discovery 120 Collector of Lely is a self-driving robot and vacuums manure in barns with solid floors. This not only makes for a cleaner floor, it also ensures the cows’ hooves remain cleaner. The purpose of this graduation assignment is to obtain more insights in the impact of the Lely Discovery collector on the incidence of infectious claw problems. 

You will start with a literature research and collecting data from our customers and Lely Centers in Europe and North America. After analyzing all data you summarize your findings in concrete facts and numbers. What differences do you see between dairy farmers with a Discovery 120 Collector and farms that clean the barn in a different way? With the outcome of this research, Lely’s advisors will have more knowledge and data available to inform dairy farmers about the added value of the Lely Discovery 120 Collector. 

You will be working in our Farm Management department, which is responsible for alignment of the product portfolio to the demands of the market. They fulfill a key role between the distribution channel, the support departments, production and the product development. 

What is your experience?

With your critical mindset and analytical skills, you know how to extract the required information out of data. You are inquisitive and you do not mind to approach dairy farmers and other departments to collect all information you need. 

  • Currently studying a Master in the field of veterinary, animal science or similar; 
  • You will be available for a period of at least 3 months, 40 hours per week;
  • Your English language skills are excellent, if you speak some German this would be a preference.

What do we offer you?

We give you the opportunity to graduate at one of the worlds’ innovative companies in the dairy industry. You will obtain a better understanding of dairy farming in Europe through frequent contact with European dairy farmers and other international Lely departments. The outcome of this assignment will give lot of insights and facts of the benefit of the Lely Discovery 120 Collector and its benefit to barn cleaning and animal health. 

In addition, we offer you: 

  • A compensation of €400,- per month;
  • The possibility to stay in a company owned apartment, in case you live too far from our Lely Campus;
  • A challenging internship, where you can take advantage of an environment that encourages personal development and growth.

And... Last but not least, Lely Campus has its own barista who makes the best cappuccinos around using fresh milk directly from the farm.

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About Lely

At Lely, we believe in achieving a sustainable, profitable and agreeable future for dairy farmers by combining robotisation, engineering and farming expertise.

It all started with a dream cherished by two brothers in Maassluis 70 years ago, and ever since, we have worked to become innovative market leaders in automated systems for dairy farmers across the globe. With a team of 1,600 professional specialists, we work constantly to bring about revolutionary solutions for the agro industry. We are based at our Maassluis Campus, a building which features the highest sustainability performance possible, not just in the Netherlands, but on a global scale. Our overall objective: making dairy farming interesting, also for the coming generations.