Combining the knowledge and expertise of each organisation’s specialism (barn construction and ventilation in the case of ID Agro, and automatic feeding in the case of Lely) has resulted in a modular building. In this building, livestock farmers can store and load various feed components in block, bale or bulk, while maintaining quality.
Extensive flexibility in feed storage options
Livestock farmers can easily change the type of feed and its location, which allows them to respond perfectly to the changing seasons. A crane structure with a feed grabber is installed on the ceiling in the feed kitchen. This moves above the stored feed, from where it grabs feed from the correct location and deposits it in the mixing and feeding robot. It is easy to keep the open storage area clean with a tractor or loader.
The benefits of a modular system
The feed kitchen is available in different sizes. Thanks to the modular structure, farmers can install a feed kitchen that suits their farm. Capacity can easily be increased later by adding a module. The simple structure means the preparation and installation work required is limited. This reduces the foundation and construction costs.
The feed kitchen modules are very compact, so they can be installed without a licence in a number of cases, although this depends on local legislation. If a licence is required, ID Agro will help the farmer to arrange one. In the case of an existing cowshed, the local Lely Center, in partnership with ID Agro, can also install the appropriate steel structure on which the crane sections of the feed grabber are mounted.
Available via Lely Centers
At the moment, ten modular feed kitchens are operating in the Netherlands. This number will increase in the coming weeks with, among other things, an installation in Germany and a double kitchen in Denmark. The modular feed kitchen is available immediately from Lely Centers in the following countries; Great Britain, Ireland, The Netherlands, Belgium, France, Italy, Denmark, Luxembourg, Germany, and Austria. More countries will follow later this year. More information is available from your Lely Center.
March 8, 2021
Lely produces 1,000th Vector automatic feeding system
Lely produced the 1000th Vector feeding system today. A special milestone, as they have doubled production in the past three years. The Vector feeding system is now used in 31 countries on a wide variety of dairy and beef cattle farms. The 1000th Vector is on its way to Società Agricola Rendena San Michele's dairy farm in Italy, to feed a herd of 117 to 130 lactating cows plus associated young stock, heifers and dry cows.
Jan. 18, 2021
Hot weather does not affect the quality of silage blocks
On behalf of Lely, the University of Milan conducted a study into the feed quality and heating of blocks of corn silage in a feed kitchen. During the days in which the study was carried out, the temperature was more than 30 ºC. However, the temperature of the corn blocks rose by only 2 ºC.
Nov. 9, 2020
New feed grabber for the Lely Vector feeding system
Lely introduces a new feed grabber for the Lely Vector automatic feeding system. The feed grabber hangs in the feed kitchen and is used to load the mixing and feeding robot with an accuracy of up to 98%. The new design improves both the functionality and lifetime of the feed grabber bucket, and the maintenance costs.
Sept. 30, 2020
Lely improves the feed accuracy, capacity, mixing and cutting quality of the Vector feeding system
Lely introduces a faster auger motor for the Vector feeding system. The higher rotational speed of the auger improves the mixing and cutting quality. As a result, less mixing time is required, which increases the capacity of the feeding system. The faster auger motor also empties the mixing tub better. This increases the feed accuracy of the next ration.