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Maize is the most common feed for dairy cows. As well as containing vital nutrients, the starch in maize also provides cows with the energy they need to produce milk and/or meat. When harvesting maize for whole crop silage it is essential to conserve 100% as this is your base for the coming year. This article looks at a few points that you should bear in mind.
Concept of robotic milking
Robotic milking is an important link in the food chain defined by Lely as “from grass to glass”. Managing a farm with milking robots requires a different approach compared to conventional milking. As market leader in fully automated milking, Lely has years of practical experience and research results that enable the company to give an accurate management advice for successful robotic milking.
Overcrowding and robotic milking
In herds with robotic milking, herd dynamics change over time and differ from herds with traditional milking parlors. However, the often heard comment that, due to these different dynamics, it is no longer necessary to have one cubicle and one place at the feed bunk per cow is incorrect. Especially at night and during feeding, robot herds have more or less similar dynamics as traditional herds.
Management, T4C & InHerd, Cow health, Feeding, Milking
Optimizing an eight-robot farm
During the ‘Cows in the cloud, down to earth’ Farm Management Symposium, Lisa Rußig gave a presentation about her eight-robot farm and the optimization process that they went through.
Management, Forage, Feeding
Prepare now for next harvesting season
In the northern hemisphere, the harvesting season in over. Bales are stacked, forage pits are sealed. Now is the time to evaluate the past harvesting season in order to prepare for the next one. Use the winter season to evaluate, learn and look forward together with the farmer so that you can tackle potential problems before they arise.
Preparing for winter
Perhaps it is difficult to imagine but winter is just around the corner in the northern hemisphere. With temperatures dropping outside and inside the barn, issues with frozen water hoses, cords and water troughs may occur. In cases of extreme frost, even manure can freeze to slatted floors. All of these issues will affect your cow’s visit behaviour, yield and, last but not least, your own workload and efficiency. Overall, we can say that prevention is better than cure. Therefore, here are some tips to prepare you for the winter.