Don't miss our Dairy XL Roadshow

Tues 5th December 18:30 - 21:00 The Devon Hotel, Exeter, Devon EX2 8XU

Wed 6th December 11:00 - 13:00 Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet BA4 6QN 

Wed 6th December 18:30 - 21:00 Aztec Hotel, Aztec West, Bristol BS32 4TS 

Livestream available  Wed 6th December 18:30 - 21:00

Thurs 7th December 18:30 - 21:00 Reaseheath College, Nantwich CW5 6DF

Fri 8th December 18:30 - 21:00 Nottingham University, Nottingham NG7 2RD

Tues 12th December 18:30 - 21:00 Myerscough College, St Michaels Road, Preston PR3 0RY 



Running a large dairy farm means coping with many challenges. By bringing automation and technology to your farm it ensures the repetitive tasks are significantly reduced and you’ll benefit from a smaller, yet more skilled workforce. At the same time, animal welfare increases when your barn is designed around the cow and presents her with an environment to maximise her genetic potential. 

More about our guest speakers

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David Trimner - Miltrim Farms

David’s journey and the benefits in moving from farming 5,200 acres and milking a 3,000 cow herd conventionally,to milking 1,750 of the herd through 30 x Astronauts while achieving 48Kgs ECM, 33% pregnancy rate and longer productive life.

Hear how David’s labour requirement has changed from full conventional milking, to the first stage in stalling 18 x Astronauts, to adding another 12 x Astronauts in the second stage and the efficiencies that created.

David will also talk to us about the practicalities and learnings around many topics including balancing nutrition between the robot and feed fence, managing BCS in robots, grouping cows and much more. 

We will also get a glimpse on what the future holds for Miltrim Farms and what role robotics will play in that.
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Rick Van Heesch - Van Heesch Dairy Partners
Hear from Rick on how robots have played such an influential role in the development of their farm from installing their first 2 x Lely A2 robots in 1999, gradually growing to 10 x Lely A2 robots in 2014 before exchanging all for Lely A5’s in 2019, with their original robots being 20 years old.
Today Rick is milking 650 Holstein and Jersey cows averaging 32Lper cow, with some very impressive cow health, feed and reproduction statistics.  
Hear how Rick manages his daily cow and robot tasks with only 5½ hours per day and is a firm believer in reducing cow touches, management by exception and SOPs, “Each person knows exactly what to do with Horizon Tasks” says Rick.
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Stewart McAlister - Customer Solutions Manager
Originally from a farming family, Stewart gained a wealth of practical and academic knowledge of large-scale dairy farming and farm automation. Throughout his career within agriculture, he experienced the practical challenges of large-scale farming from maximising output, optimising inputs, and utilising available labour.
Now working in the dairy equipment sector, he has proudly delivered solutions which are cow and customer centric. Believing the key to delivering any solution is listening to the customer’s challenges and goals, then building a solution around them.

Live Link Scheduled for December 6th

Register below for our livestream, available on Wed 6th December at 18:30 - 21:00

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What is Dairy XL?

Lely's Dairy XL concept is where we help you create an environment where your cows, technology and people all work together, excel and increase results. 

By having your cows and technology work for you, your time is freed up to focus on other routines and execute the right decisions. The nature of labour changes from repetitive work to focusing on only those cows and jobs that need attention.

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See what our customers have to say...

Blyth Farm, Peeblesshire, Scotland 10 x Lely Astronaut Automatic Milking System

‘Colin Laird of Blythbridge Holsteins reviews the first 18 months of his Lely journey. Since installing 8 Astronaut A5 milking robots in his new shed in 2019, milk yields have increased by 17% and labour requirements have reduced. As of 2021, two further milking robots have been retrofitted in his existing building.’

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Coopon Carse Farm, Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland 7 x Lely Astronaut Automatic Milking System

‘Alex Robertson from the Coopon Carse farm, Scotland explains how installing 7 Lely Astronauts automatic milking robots have provided a numerous benefits including an increase in milk yield, reduced labour costs and find out more about the efficiencies the robots have given the farm.’

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