Regular cleaning of the floor inhibits the growth of bacteria and keeps feet, udders and tails cleaner. This not only increases foot health, it contributes to the overall productivity of your herd. By using the very latest technology, the barn floor can be kept clean automatically. The fully automated Lely Discovery manure robots clean your barn floor day and night.
Mastitis is a common udder health issue caused by bacteria that penetrate the udder and subsequently cause an infection. Good hygiene is particularly important to inhibit the growth of bacteria. A clean floor keeps cows from bringing manure into the cubicles. Tails as well as udders remain cleaner.
Cows are more comfortable to express their natural behaviour when their feet are healthy and the floor is not slippery. This makes it easier for you to detect cows that are in heat, allowing you to reduce the calving interval.
Research from Cornell University has shown that 20% of cows on an average dairy farm suffer reduced locomotion, with losses estimated between €250 and €380 per cow. As a result, foot health issues are among the top three costliest dairy cattle diseases along with mastitis and reduced fertility.
Farmers across the world have been realising the many benefits of handing over routine tasks to Lely farm robots, not least the Discovery which tackles perhaps one of the most arduous and least appealing tasks. CLICK HERE to read six things you may not know about our clever yard-scraping robot.