Worldwide challenges such as climate change, a growing global population and a more demanding society leads to new perspectives on how to run a viable dairy farm in the future. In addition, dairy farmers face the impact of reduced availability of quality labour alongside a supply chain which is under increasing cost pressure.

Large dairy farms face all these challenges and more. As farms grow, it's no longer about duplicating processes, working harder or upscaling. It is about the efficient use of diminishing resources while facing the challenge of retaining qualified staff and ensuring regulatory compliance.

Our solutions for large dairy farming

Running a large dairy farm means coping with challenges such as adding value to the milk, managing slurry and nutrients effectively and, last but not least, ensuring society continues to accept our industry and our evolving methods.

By bringing automation and technology to your farm ensures repetitive work will be 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 present her an environment to maximise her genetic potential. 

Customer Solutions Manager

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Stewart McAlister 
Customer Solutions Manager
Tel: 07435 988336 | Email:

Originally from a farming family, I have gained a wealth of practical and academic knowledge of large-scale dairy farming and farm automation. Throughout my career within agriculture, I have experienced the practical challenges of large-scale farming from maximising output, optimising inputs, and utilising available labour.

Now working in the dairy equipment sector, I have proudly delivered solutions which are cow and customer centric.  I believe the key to delivering any solution is listening to the customer’s challenges and goals, then building a solution around them.  In Dairy XL this is usually focused on cow flow, comfort, labour efficiency and herd/financial performance. 

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Cohesion delivers results

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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Digital dairy farming

We have used our experience and leading position in dairy automation in the development of our management system Lely Horizon. On a modern dairy farm, data is generated in numerous locations all over the farm. This concerns data on individual cow health, production, feed, personnel, finance, suppliers, etc. A digital management system with powerful algorithms is indispensable to analyze this data and convert it into useful management information that helps with daily management and making strategic choices.

Lely Dairy XL

Specialists in the automation of large dairy farms

The difference between medium-sized and large dairy farms is not only reflected in numbers and amounts, but also in areas such as personnel management, cow health and logistics. With more than 30 years of experience in dairy automation, Lely recognizes the specific characteristics and challenges of larger dairy farms and is able to provide solutions for all circumstances.

Lely Dairy XL consists of a team of specialists that are engaged worldwide in sharing knowledge and experience about setting up and managing large dairy farms. The team supports and trains local Lely organizations and, because of a direct link with the customer, it assists when necessary. Of course, the customer's goals are always central and the overall picture is always taken into account.

Red Cow Community

Connecting large dairy farms

Large dairy farms worldwide face the challenge of building a future-proof company, while maintaining social support. Thanks to the Red Cow Community - a partnership based on providing inspiration, connections and networking - our Dairy XL customers gain new insights to improve their business results, by distancing themselves from existing structures.

Dairy XL global user experiences

Feedback from our customers

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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Homestead Dairy, Plymouth, IN, USA 36 x Lely Astronaut Automatic Milking System

‘After Brian and Jill Houin decided to take over the Homestead family farm they realized that they needed to do it different to be more efficient. For their new facilities which opened in 2017 they choose for the Lely system to milk their 2200 cows. “It's the future of dairy and it's the only way to dairy.”’

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Agrargesellschaft Greisheim, Ilmtal, Germany An elegant solution

‘Rainer Ackermann visited a lot of farms before choosing for Lely because of our experience and the way the cows are arranged in the barn. “It was a more elegant solution than a rotary”. He also noticed that young people like the way of working much more.’

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Why Lely?

Farmers all over the world make choices about how they set up and run their farms. Every day, we help them make the best choices for themselves and their farms. We do this by providing advice and innovative solutions that contribute to efficient farm management. For sustainable milk and meat production. Present and future.