Van Leeuwen family in the Canterbury region of New Zealand currently milking 890 cows with 16 Lely Astronauts. The practices of keeping cows under the roof and milking them with Lely Astronaut allows van Leeuwen family to do the farming in a sustainable, profitable and enjoyable way.
Goals of van Leeuwen family
Their goal on the farm is to breed moderate size cows that does really high production, not in the way of liters but in milk solids. They can monitor the performance of their cows on T4C. The information about individual cow and heifer from T4C along with genomic testing allows them to breed the best cows and heifers to improve the herd quality. Megan says “I think within the barn it's really important to have quality over quantity within the cows as we are putting everything into this feed and our staff is really working hard so we'd like to get as much out of the barn as we can."