It is often said that feed costs are higher with milking robots compared to conventional milking systems. Most of the time the milking robot is the ideal place to complement individual rations of the animal on the partially mixed ration (PMR) at the feed fence. The tastiness of the concentrate feed is often an extra reason for cows to come to the milking robot for milking. Lely now offers a solution to minimize feed costs with the Commodity feeder.
The system provides the option to exchange relatively expensive concentrates for cheaper types of food such as barley, oats, corn or (crushed) mix variants. Especially for companies that are self-sustaining, the savings can be huge. By using the Commodity feeder, farmers are less dependent on processing feed to pellets and price fluctuations.
The operation of the system can be adjusted depending on the the dry matter percentage, the particle size and the stickiness of the feed. The Commodity feeder can easily be mounted on all existing Astronaut A5 and A4 models (in operation from July 2013).
July 8, 2021
Lely releases annual review 2020
Lely publishes its annual review – an online report that focuses on developments and Lely’s most important achievements and launches in 2020. We share some key figures, take you around the globe, and preview the roll-out of our sustainability programme – the first steps of which were taken in 2020. We also take the opportunity to explain our vision of future farming and offer plenty of practical examples of our solutions and working methods that underline this vision.
April 12, 2021
10 years of Vector, thanks to our test and validation customers!
Lely installed the first Vector system on a number of dairy farms back in 2011. The Overbeek family in Benschop run such a farm, (NL), where they had already shown an interest in automatic milking and feeding when building a new barn for their dairy cows. The family initially started using the Astronaut A3 Next for automatic milking, then also switched to the Lely Vector for automatic feeding. Kees and Sjors Overbeek had already used automatic feeding at their old farm, but it was a rail system. The Vector offered them much more flexibility.