Lower running costs
The next generation Juno has been developed with the focus on lowering the running costs for the end user and optimalize the serviceability. The skirt of the Juno can be removed easily, this enables an easy access to the different components. The Juno is updated with new wheels with an improved pattern for better grip in all kind of barn conditions. Furthermore the Juno has improved drive motors which will lead to an optimal performance with less power consumption and less maintenance. Jelmer Ham, Product Manger at Lely: ” Continues development and innovation is what Lely represents. We are always working on the optimalization of our robots, taking the feedback of our costumers and Lely centers into account. The new Juno is thoroughly tested and we believe it is the next future proof generation in automatic feed pushing. In times with increased costs on fuel and feed, we are pleased our solution can contribute to reduce these costs and increase income”.
The Lely Juno can be used in almost any type of barn without modifications. The Juno follows walls and fences on both sides and follows metal guiding strips for driving towards the charging station and, if needed, to other barns. When the Juno drives without pushing it can lift the skirt. This reduces wear and tear, enables the Juno to pass small obstacles like floor railings, provides sufficient ground clearance when driving on slopes and keeps the skirt free from mud and manure so that it does not pollute the feed. The Juno can lower the skirt in a left hand and right hand pushing position. This makes routes more efficient resulting in a higher capacity of the machine.
Frequent feed pushing really pays off
Increasing the feed pushing frequency stimulates frequent consumption of feed which results in a higher feed intake of the herd. This has a positive effect on animal health, fertility, production and also the financial results. Frequent feed pushing also reduces the amount of rest feed. The cows have less opportunity for sorting so the fed ration almost equals the eaten ration. Regarding to automatic milking frequent feed pushing stimulates cows to visit the milking robot more often. And in barns where there is not enough room for all cows at the feed fence, frequent feed pushing can reduce stress and aggression by ensuring the feed is always in reach for the cows.
Automation reduces costs and increases productivity
By automating the recurring work of feed pushing, it is possible to increase the feed pushing frequency while reducing the labor requirements and fuel costs significantly. Automation makes it possible to increase the availability of feed also during the night. During the day farmers do not have to interrupt their activities multiple times a day for pushing the feed.