Our Farm Management Support specialists continuously investigate how to improve the milking process even further. They do this by running tests in the barn while using our customers’ knowledge of the Lely barn solutions. In this way they gain valuable insights, which help you to manage your dairy farm more efficiently and profitably.
Management, Cow health
Water - vital for cows and robot
Compressed air, power and water are basic requirements for a properly functioning Astronaut milking robot. Compressed air is generated by the internal oil-free air compressor. Obviously, power should meet the standard voltage and ampere; otherwise the robot could not function. Cows need sufficient fresh and clean water to ensure their optimal well-being and yield, so the use of good quality water in and around the robot is of great importance.
Management, T4C & InHerd
Weight attentions in T4C; a helpful tool in detecting lameness
Claw health is important in maintaining optimal cow flow to the robot. Therefore, early detection of lameness (combined with a routine hoof trimming program) is crucial in minimizing economic impacts on the farm.
Management, T4C & InHerd, Feeding
Why is it required to calibrate concentrates?
The main reason that motivates a cow to visit the Lely Astronaut milking robot is to collect her concentrate portion there. If the feed settings in T4C are correct, each cow will be fed the right portion. The milking robot and/or the Lely Cosmix concentrate feeder distribute the concentrate to the cow in a pre-set volume. In theory, every truck load of concentrate may differ in density due to its variation in ingredients. This could result in incorrect portions being fed to cows. If this happens, you will either underfeed or overfeed the cows.
Management, Grazing, T4C & InHerd, Feeding, Milking
Grazing and T4C
Grazing on robotic farms is being carried out successfully on many Lely robotic milking dairy farms around the world. But to make grazing with a robotic milking system successful, it is important to follow some essential “grazing guidelines”. In this article we will discuss the various aspects that can influence farm management and how to organize T4C settings correctly.
Management, T4C & InHerd, Feeding, Milking
Winter is in full progress in the northern hemisphere. With temperatures dropping both inside and outside the barn, problems may arise. In general, it is safe to say that prevention is better than cure. Here are some tips for preparing for the winter:
From calf to cow: where should the focus lie?
For a sustainable dairy cow, we aim for six lactations on average. There are many factors that influence this, such as claw and udder health, as well as environmental influences. Some of these factors can be influenced, while others are beyond our control. One factor that we can influence is how we breed young stock. In this article we will discuss whether Adlib feeding as compared to restricted feeding makes a difference when breeding young stock.