Welcome to the our blog section where we bring you the latest innovations, views and expert opinions allowing you to gain valuable insights to help you to manage your dairy farm more efficiently and profitably.
Grazing successfully with robotic milking
John Horan milks 200 cows alongside his wife Carmel and son Shane in Co. Tipperary. He grew up on a dairy farm and began dairying on his own 240 acre farm over 20 years ago. Originally, John had installed a conventional milking parlour, however after some time he decided to explore automatic milking options. After carrying out his own research into what would suit his herd best and visiting a robotic farm in the Netherlands, John installed three Lely Astronaut A4 automatic milking systems in 2017. Getting started took time but once the Horan’s and the cows got the hang of things, it was plain sailing from there.
Which breeding traits can improve the efficiency of cows on robotic systems?
Typically, less than 1% of cows cannot be milked through robots when moving from a conventional milking system. However, improving certain traits to fine-tune milking efficiency can enhance milking speed through quicker attachment and milking times.
Unlocking the potential of grass with Lely Grazeway
Lely Atlantic Customer Sales Support Addi Kidson is passionate about grazing and robotics and the benefits both can bring. We discuss why she is so keen to tell farmers about the possibilities that Lely Grazeway opens up for them and their cows.
Early weight gain for calves pays off
Introducing ad-lib feeding for dairy calves helps boost pre-weaning weight gain and profitability of the herd says Lely vet and Head of Farm Management Support Mike Steele. It’s no surprise then, that he is a big fan of the Lely Calm calf feeder, which makes ad-lib feeding and monitoring of calves easy!
Frequent feed pushing brings health & welfare gains
The benefits of reduced labour requirements and running costs that Lely Juno brings dairy and beef enterprises are clear, but Customer Solutions Manager Stewart McAlister encourages farmers to consider the health and welfare gains too.