Robert Langer (left) of Senorics is named as the winner of the Feed the Future challenge by Alexander van der Lely, CEO of Lely.
Alexander van der Lely, CEO of Lely, commented on the winner: “Senorics have shown impressive cross-industry innovation and true technological advancement. Their technology has the ability to solve real issues within dairy production by showing real-time milk quality, something that has been a big problem for milk production in the past. This will have will have a significant social impact as well as huge potential for the entire dairy chain and beyond."
Senorics will now receive €15,000 and the opportunity for both an investment and strategic support from Lely, including access to its extensive worldwide network. Senorics’ technology measures the unique ‘optical fingerprint’ of substances by detecting their specific absorption characteristics in the near infrared (NIR) wavelength range. NIR spectroscopy is already used for detecting water, fat, proteins and many more substances relevant in the dairy industry. With Senorics, every farmer will be enabled to do such measurements at low cost using small devices either remotely or integrated into their machinery.
“It is tremendous that we are named as the winner out a total of 74 applications for ‘Feed the Future’. We are thankful for an established company like Lely to organise this startup challenge and they see the benefits of raising awareness for new technology. It was also great to meet the other startups and their inventions. We think that the agricultural sector is the best area to deploy our technology. Not only the quality of food will be more important in the future, people also want to know how their food is produced. I am looking forward to start the collaboration with Lely and have in depth conversations with their experts about the potential applications”, said Robert Langer, Chief Commercial Officer of Senorics.
Revolutionising dairy farming
Startups were invited from all over the world to apply and compete in this cutting edge program. The only prerequisite was that their technology could be applied to the dairy industry. By introducing new tech solutions, still unknown to the dairy industry, new advancements are made through cross-industry innovation. In turn, this will revolutionise the farming process for thousands of dairy farmers worldwide.
The finals consisted of the top eight and included the following technologies; cooling systems, sensor tech, sound AI and pharma. Chosen from an initial pool of 74 startups from 25 countries, they were then invited to The Netherlands to pitch in front of an expert jury made up of Alexander van der Lely and Serge Loosveld of Lely, Robert Erhard of Nestlé, Eduard Meijer of Navus Ventures and experienced technology specialist, Tim Taylor.
Lely believes the global challenges of population growth and climate change demand innovative solutions to feed the future. Not only by increasing food supply, but also by providing innovations that will allow the dairy farming industry to become more sustainable, time-efficient and improve the quality of life of both people and animals on this planet. Both Lely and Rockstart see an ideal future, one that will see machines self-maintain while performing sustainable production in optimum conditions by using improved information. ‘Feed the Future by Lely’ brings us another step closer to making this a reality.
The eight startups: Cynonyms, LvLogics, Metronome, Senorics, Foodful, Proteon Pharmaceuticals, Quanturi and Wochman competing to be the winner of the Feed the Future challenge. Click here for more information about all the finalists.
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.