Introduction

New Zealand pasture based automated milking systems have seen a production increase of at least 10%, over that of conventional systems. In some instances production gains are over 20%. 

A recent study showed that Lely milking robots achieve, on average, 10% more milk per year than conventional milking systems and 4% more milk compared to other milking robot manufacturers. 

Lifetime production of your herd has the potential to increase by 10% with the Lely Astronaut, due to the cows’ ability to stay on-farm for longer, due to less stress on their udder to produce milk. Lely cows have the longest production days, in comparison to all other dairy cows, from any other milking system.

Unlimited access to the basic needs for less stress

We believe cows should have free access to milking at all times. For cows to be able to visit the robot regularly, it is important that they can rest sufficiently and relieve pressure on their feet and legs. So, if we restrict one or more of these basic needs (such as standing on concrete waiting to be milked twice daily) this will affect cow behaviour and subsequently milk production. By removing milking restrictions and offering the cow unlimited access to her basic needs without restriction, she has the freedom to do what feels natural for her. The Lely Astronaut is designed from this point of view.

Optimal conditions with as few obstacles as possible

Robotic milking is different from conventional milking in many ways. One of the main differences is that cows can be milked more in line with their natural behaviour. They are free to graze, to milk, to rest – naturally. To maximise this concept our robot box ensures cows are milked in optimal conditions with as few obstacles as possible - no farmer intervention, no barking dogs, no motorbikes, no pressure. The Lely Astronaut A4 features a walk-through box design, called the I-flow concept. Thanks to this the cow walks straight in and out of the milking box, without having to make any turns. Thus, making visits to the milking box easier for the cow and in-turn increasing throughput and capacity of the robot.

Best visiting behaviour

Cows are extremely feed driven, making the incentive to visit the milking robot for a supply of concentrate feed within the box very enticing. With the ability to tailor the concentrate to a per cow basis, you can adjust quantities for cows, based on her stage of lactation and production performance. In addition to this; a new feed break every 8 hours stimulates the cows to move freely to the shed to be milked. In-turn, they eat more pasture, produce more milk and voluntarily return to the milking robot when ready to be milked.

Lifetime production

New Zealand pasture based automated milking systems have seen a production increase of at least 10%, over that of conventional systems. In some instances production gains are over 20%. A recent study showed that Lely milking robots achieve, on average, 10% more milk per year than conventional milking systems and 4% more milk compared to other milking robot manufacturers. This production increase is a result of a robot which is built around the cow herself. Cows like to be milked within a low-threshold system. Our truly unique robot arm concept for the fastest and most gently cup attachment, as well as the I-flow concept for easy entrance and exit from the box, are clear examples of this strategy. Lifetime production of your herd has the potential to increase by 10% with the Lely Astronaut, due to the cows’ ability to stay on-farm for longer, due to less stress on their udder to produce milk. Lely cows have the longest production days, in comparison to all other dairy cows, from any other milking system.

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