Latest event - 21st of July at 1pm

2,000 litre increase in milk yield since changing from parlour to Lely Astronaut A5

Virtual Open Day on Fergal Kelly’s farm, Ballygawley

This event is on Fergal Kelly’s farm, Ballygawley, who runs 85 cows on one Lely A5 Astronaut. Since starting the A5 in Oct 2018 the British Friesian type grazing cows have increased from c. 5800 ltr to c. 8000 ltr.

Fergal Kelly’s farm shows the potential increase in performance that can be achieved by using the Lely Astronaut automatic milking robot and the information it generates to its full potential.

Butterfat averages about 4 and protein about 3.3, i.e. 584kg of milk solids per cow per year on a diet of silage, grass and meal with a feed rate of about 0.3kg per litre. Cows get out to grass via the robot and a second separation gate to a single ‘A’ paddock of about 1 to 1.5 acres from late March / early April to mid October. They also have access to cubicles during the day and have access to silage and cubicles at night.

Cows visit the robot about 2.8 times a day during the winter and 2.3 times a day when grazing. With extra milk generated minus meal costs worth about £90 per day and the cost of a Lely Astronaut running at c. £50 per day the system more than pays for itself.

This will be a 20-minute pre-recorded walk and talk interview and video tour of the farm followed by live Q&A’s at the end.

Registration is now closed

Virtual Farm Open Day on Fergal Kelly’s farm, Ballygawley
Wednesday the 21st of July at 1pm

Find out more about farm automation

Over the next few months, the team at Lely Center Eglish will be hosting a series of open days on different farms, focusing on different management systems. They will be interviewing farmers and advisers as well as visiting the farms virtually. This will provide you with an in-depth insight as to how their farmers are achieving excellent results.

Register now for your chance to take part in these free, informative virtual farm open days.

Lely Center Eglish

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Lely Center Eglish

Lely Center Eglish are your robotic milking, feeding and cleaning specialists in Northern Ireland and Co. Donegal.

4 Carrowcolman Road,
Co. Tyrone
BT70 1LF

Telephone: 02837 548228