Proven method now available for dairy farming
By 2050, there will be nine billion mouths to feed. That means that the world needs to produce 70% more food. Intensifying food production in a sustainable manner will require famers to embrace new ways of working. Continuous improvement and capacities building in farming are key elements to overcome the challenges in food production and addressing consumer concerns.
Lean is a way of working that already has proved extremely useful in other industries, optimizing the usage of available resources. ‘Lean in dairy farming’ describes this vision in a practical way for dairy farming.
Based on experiences of dairy farmers
The DairyWise method described in the book is a unique farm optimization program, guided by Lean principles with the aim to improve the milk production process and the overall farm performances. A dairy farm team together with farm management experts start a journey with focus on continuous improvement. By sharing customized and hands on farm management knowledge, create engagement with employees and provide tools for continuous improvement.
Since 2015, farmers from over the world embraced this methodology. Clayton Hemminger (Hemdale Farms NY) is working with DairyWise since 2016: “We have increased milk per man hour by 13% since the start of this Lean approach. By looking at our milk per cow increase, we attribute about half of this increase in milk per man-hour to production and half to more efficient labor. It also helped our employees to be more engaged in their jobs because they have gained a better understanding of some of the concerns and issues we have to work through.”
Partnership Nestlé and Lely
Both Lely and Nestlé firmly believe that they can sustainably enhance and optimize the milk production process, reduce food losses and waste by enhancing Dairy Farm Performances.
Mr. Alexander van der Lely, CEO Lely Group: “We can contribute and stimulate the dairy farming evolution towards a profitable, enjoyable and sustainable future by providing farmers with innovations and knowledge to achieve this. The DairyWise method fits to our belief that the cow must always be the starting point of everything we do. If all work in the barn is done in a way that minimizes interruptions of the cow and leaves 'the cows being cows', this stimulates robot visits and milk production.”
Mr. Hans Jöhr, Corporate Head of Agriculture at Nestlé: “As the world’s largest milk company, Nestlé purchases more than half of the milk locally as fresh milk. Like Lely, we recognize and share the concerns about sustainable animal production systems. The safety and quality of raw materials are best achieved through healthy animals and supporting the long-term economic, environmental and social viability of animal farming systems. This book is a unique example of what can be done when two companies work together in a collaborative and positive way.”
The book ‘Lean in dairy farming’ is available at the Lely Eurotier Hall 13 – stand B42, or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
More information about DairyWise on www.dairywise.com.
About the Lely Group
Lely, founded in 1948, directs all its efforts towards creating a sustainable, profitable and enjoyable future in farming. Circling the cow, the company develops premium robotics and data systems that increase animal welfare, flexibility and the production on the dairy farm.
For more than 25 years, Lely has been leading in the sale and service of automated milking systems to successive generations of dairy farmers across the globe. Every day, Lely inspires her employees to offer customers innovative solutions and be a reliable partner for long-term advice and support. With her Head office in The Netherlands and a worldwide network of dedicated Lely Center locations for tailor-made sales and support, the Lely Group is active in more than 40 countries and employs around 1.200 people.
Nestlé is the world’s largest food and beverage company. It has more than 2000 brands ranging from global icons to local favourites, and is present in 189 countries around the world.
Nestlé's purpose is enhancing quality of life and contributing to a healthier future. The company wants to help shape a better and healthier world and inspire people to live healthier lives. This is how Nestlé contributes to society while ensuring the long-term success of the company.
For more information, please contact Esther Lelij, Corporate Communications Manager at Lely International NV: email@example.com, +31 (0)6 8253 6989.
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.
April 1, 2021
Lely adds flavor to milk with new feeding components
Lely has developed unique milk by adding new precursors to rations. Thanks to the link between the Vector feeding system, the Astronaut milking robot and the Orbiter milk processor, knowledge and insight has been gained about the entire process from feed to milk. The key findings were that the ration does not only affect the composition of the milk, but also the taste. The experiments also examined which feeding components had a positive and negative effect on taste.