Introduction

Finding a lifestyle balance when you’re a dairy farmer sounds nice, but is it realistic? It can be and it’s all about embracing a new way of doing things. 

With the Lely Astronaut automated milking system we utilise the most advanced technology to milk your cows automatically, direct them to greener pastures and provide you with the information you need to ensure your herd is performing at its peak.

To us farming is about a sustainable, profitable and enjoyable future in farming and for more than twenty years we have been perfecting a system which allows you to have those things, including a lifestyle that allows you to be more than a dairy farmer to those who matter then most.

We help you gain work-life balance

For most dairy farmers in New Zealand ‘full-time’ means five to nine. But for our Lely farmers ‘full-time’ is self-determined. For some farmers it means checking in at the shed for an hour a day, moving feed breaks and attending to cows that need attention, such as insemination. For Lely, robotic milking is about automating the jobs you don’t want to do and putting an emphasis on the management of your herd.

Control your dairy farm with Lely T4C

Whether in the shed, in the office, in the paddock or at home, the Lely T4C (Time for Cows) management system gives you full control over your dairy farm, while you balance work and the lifestyle you crave. T4C knows exactly what’s going on in the barn and serves as a library, operating system, herdsman, personal assistant and trainer all at the same time. Sounds complex? On the contrary, this management system is actually very easy to use.

Freedom to choose

The Astronaut means freedom of choice. Freedom to choose, when and how you manage your time and your business. There are no set milking times which means flexibility to choose the most suitable time for you to complete your daily routines and when to visit the shed. Not only does the Lely Astronaut allow for a more flexible work environment but it also eliminates the repetitive job of being in the shed putting cups on cows day in day out making your job more enjoyable and allowing you to spend time on the things that are important to you.

Lely T4C dedicated to your success

With over twenty years’ experience, we have been able to develop the only dedicated farm management system for robotic milking: Lely T4C. The system collects and records all the data provided by the Astronaut robots through their many sensors. It analyses and presents only clear and useful information to help you make strategic and operational decisions quickly and accurately.

Monitor your herd from home, not the pit

With the Lely Astronaut automated milking system you can view each individual cows Somatic Cell Count, conductivity, weight, milk production, feed intake, rest, number of milking’s, rumination and of course their reproduction cycle with a click of the button. You can set cows to be diverted automatically for accurate insemination and treatment for issues such as mastitis. You can monitor cows milking times, production on a per-milking basis and you can adjust concentrate feed levels without having to physically do the work.

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