Date: Monday 5th December 2022

Time: 19:00 – 21:00

Location: Exeter Golf and Country Club, Topsham Road, Exeter EX2 7AE


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. 


18:30 - 19:00: Arrival/Buffet food
19:00 - 19:45: 15 minute presentation from each panelist (Miles & Mark Philps, Jack Willes and Keith Gue)
  • How they used to milk on a conventional parlour 
  • How they milk now after introduction of automation
  • The challenges and the wins they have seen
19:45 - 20:00: Lely Dairy XL farms around the world - short overview from Ben Nottage, Dairy XL Account Manager
20:00 - 21:00: Q&A  session

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PLEASE NOTE: If you are unable to attend this event in person, there is an opportunity to watch it online. The link to join the online event will be sent to you once you submit your details below. 

More about our guest speakers

Ben Nottage
Dairy XL Account Manager
Ben works with the Lely Centers to create bespoke solutions exclusively for large farms wishing to integrate robotics into their operations. He is passionate about farming. After graduation from an agricultural university he went on to work for a leading global genetics company for over 20 years prior to joining Lely.
Miles & Mark Philps
Miles and Mark Philps currently have 8 Lely A5 Astronaut milking robots installed alongside other Lely automation in their barn. 
Jack Willes
Beckland Farm, Devon
Jack from Becklands Farm in Hartland, Devon has two farms with Lely automation. One farm has 20 Lely A5 milking robots and the other farm has 7 Lely A5 milking robots. 
Keith Gue
Huddlestone Farm, West Sussex
Keith of Steyning, West Sussex has seen a steady growth in cow numbers over the years, with their current herd size of around 420 milking cows. The farm currently has installed 7 Astronaut A5 milking systems and 2 Discovery Collectors, these are manure robots.

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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