Daniel will give us a walk through the farm and explain the challenges and the opportunities he found moving from a parlour installed nearly 50 years ago to a brand new Lely A5 robot. The genetic potential of the cows has been unlocked through robotic milking.
This virtual open day is on the farm of George and David Simpson they are running their high yielding cows through a Lely A5 robot. They are able to have 60 cows mixed lactation averaging 40L year round with the robot producing between 2000-2500L on a daily basis.
Click on the link below to watch the full open day. Big thanks to Hazel for showing us around and talking through some of the KPI's that are important on this farm. Reducing labour while increasing milk yield and giving all people involved in the farm a more flexible lifestyle.
Mark talks about how he is able to achieve 10,300 litres utilising grazing and zero-grazing. He will also go into details about how he tries to push the robots to their limit and keep production as close to 2000L per day throughout the year.
This award winning herd in Seaforde Co. Down is milked by two Lely A5 astronaut milking robots.
In the tour we get to have a look around the shed and the features that make it stand out, as well as the cows and have a discussion about the feeding strategy from calf to cow.
Mary Jane Robinson provides nutrition support on the farm, Adam Conn is from Riada vets and visits the farm every three weeks and Ian Watson has helped to tailor a breeding program to suit the farm and the needs of a high yielding herd.
The event will feature pre-recorded footage from the farm with Paul and Colin Givans plus interviews from Philip Abenerthy, Parklands, David Mawhinney from Key Nutrition and Maurice Wylie, Farm Management Support LC Eglish. These will give an insight to how this has been achieved and will be followed by live Q&A's.
Alvar is running 90 cows on 1 Lely A3 Astronaut milking robot, cows are grazing on an AB system with free anytime access to the cubicle house and silage, giving cows the ultimate freedom to do what they want. This allows him to achieve 10,000kg per cow and keep visits constantly around 2.5 through out the year.
Join us for a tour of Fergal Kelly's farm, Fergal is running 1 Lely A5 robot and grazing his cows during the day. Fergal has managed to increase his herd average by 2000L since the robot went in through a range of improvements. He is aiming to produce over 2000L per day from his one lely A5 milking robot throughout the year.