With Free Cow Traffic, the cow decides when she eats, drinks, lies down and is milked. This improves her well being. By taking care of our cows and putting extra effort into cow comfort, we are able to extend lifetime milk production. Sufficient space in the barn will also give the cow the opportunity to display her natural behavior and improve her overall well being.

Free Cow Traffic

The Lely Astronaut, our legendary milking robot is based on the principles of Free Cow Traffic. Because of this the cows benefit from robotic milking. They are more relaxed, healthier and reward farmers with more milk. The system simply fits much better with their needs. Besides that it frees up farmers’ time to give true attention to cows.

We have explicitly refrained from automating the actions of milking itself; instead we have built a concept around the cow to make sure that cows like to be milked within a low‑threshold system. Our unique hybrid robot arm concept as well as the I‑flow concept for easy  entrance and exit from the box, are some clear examples of this strategy.

The cow is the most decisive factor in the performance of any milking system. Understanding cows and treating each cow in the best way is what the Astronaut is all about. The Astronaut offers the easiest access and the most cowfriendly box to make sure a cow likes to visit the robot.

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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.