It is often said that feed costs are higher with milking robots compared to conventional milking systems. Most of the time the milking robot is the ideal place to complement individual rations of the animal on the partially mixed ration (PMR) at the feed fence. The tastiness of the concentrate feed is often an extra reason for cows to come to the milking robot for milking. Lely now offers a solution to minimize feed costs with the Commodity feeder.
The system provides the option to exchange relatively expensive concentrates for cheaper types of food such as barley, oats, corn or (crushed) mix variants. Especially for companies that are self-sustaining, the savings can be huge. By using the Commodity feeder, farmers are less dependent on processing feed to pellets and price fluctuations.
The operation of the system can be adjusted depending on the the dry matter percentage, the particle size and the stickiness of the feed. The Commodity feeder can easily be mounted on all existing Astronaut A5 and A4 models (in operation from July 2013).
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.