Robot installations expand in scope
December 15, 2019 | Agupdate.com
Installations of robotic-milking systems remain strong. And the systems are growing bigger, says Doug Reinemann, a professor in biological-systems engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. A few years ago he would see farms installing two robots; now some large farms are installing as many as a dozen.
Southwest Dairy Day spotlights stationary milking robots
November 25, 2019 | High Plains Journal
The Southwest Dairy Day was recently held at T&K Dairy, owned by the Collier family of Snyder, Texas, and the program emphasized automatic milking systems, rumination collars, robotic feed pushers, ventilation and manure management.
Barre dairy farm is highlighted for energy efficiency
October 28, 2019 | Orleanshub.com
Mike Van Lieshout on Friday leads a tour of the family’s dairy farm on Route 98 in Barre. About 50 people from Western New York attended the tour which included representatives from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, National Grid, and Cornell Cooperative Extension.
Why we chose robots: Jenlar Holsteins and Brown Swiss
October 18, 2019 | Progressivedairy.com
Jenlar Holsteins and Brown Swiss, located near Chilton, Wisconsin, is home to 140 cows, of which 80% are Holsteins and 20% are Brown Swiss. Larry’s parents, Andy and Joan Meyer, originally bought the farm and began dairying in 1970. Together, Larry and Jennifer began growing their own herd within his parents’ facility, starting with a few animals from Jennifer’s home farm and investments in some high-end embryos and live cattle. Meanwhile, the couple worked off-farm jobs, with Larry in animal health sales and Jennifer as a dairy cattle nutritionist.
#FridaysOnTheFarm - the Sunderland Seven
September 27, 2019 | Farmers.gov
The Sunderlands decided to change the way they work instead of shutting down. They looked to technology to help solve the labor shortage and keep their farm alive while preserving the land. Three years ago, they made the switch and installed four computer-assisted, precision-engineered robotic milking machines to milk their cows. They also built a state-of-the-art, free-stall barn that was designed for maximum ventilation and cow comfort.
Lely kicks off the 2019 Future of Dairy Scholarship Program
September 20, 2019 | Ag Daily
College students pursuing their career in agriculture are always on the look out for scholarships to help pay for college tuition. Lely North America is presenting the Future of Dairy Scholarship Program for the fourth year. Five qualified students residing in either Canada or the United States are chosen annually to receive a one-year, $1,000 scholarship.
Lely North America Announces Leadership Change
September 9, 2019 | Hoard's Dairyman
Lely International and Lely North America are pleased to announce that Chad Huyser has been named Regional Director, Lely International and President, Lely North America. Huyser will lead all of Lely's North American efforts and serve as one of five Lely Regional Directors worldwide.
Adding automation to a dairy farm
August 2, 2019 | Successful Farming
Growing with innovation and technology is how Takes Dairy near Ely, Iowa, plans to continue into the future. After winning Lely's The Way To Dairy Award, they are looking forward to transitioning to robotics as they add Lely Astronaut A5 robotic milking systems and a Lely Vector automatic feeding system.
Smart barns on the rise
July 28, 2019 | Farm Week Now
Dairy farmers facing slim margins, and a tight labor force in some areas, are turning to robotics as an answer on a growing number of farms. Steve Sweet, senior farm management support for Lely, reported sales of the company’s Astronaut milking robot surpassed 40,000 since the commercial launch of the Astronaut in 1995.
Robots solved labor issues, improved efficiencies at Green Waves Farm
July 19, 2019 | Progressive Dairy
The addition of automated milking at Green Waves Farm was spurred by concerns over labor and is now acclaimed for the efficiency it has brought. The automated milking systems don’t overmilk the cows, which Mark says is a big help with somatic cell count (SCC) and milk quality. They also make treatment decisions based on computer reports even if mastitis isn’t showing on CMT.
Nigh family invests in technology on Viroqua farm
July 18, 2019 | Wisconsin State Farmer
On June 13, 2016, the Nighs had to move their cows to a neighboring farm when their facility burned. While the fire was detrimental, it opened a new door. After considering age and labor concerns, the Nighs decided to install a Lely robotic milking system.
Robots keep production humming at Declo robotic dairy
June 28, 2019 | Idaho State Journal
Heglar Creek is one of roughly a half dozen robotic dairies that have opened in the state since the first facility went live in Elba in 2015. The partners in the new, high-tech operation have already discovered there are some areas in which people can't compare with machines.
The future of health could be 'udderly' amazing
May 16, 2019 | Deloitte
When it comes to the future of health, it seems that cows (yes, cows!) might be a couple hoof-steps ahead of people. Fergal and Aisling have 70+ cows, a bull named Billy, and a robotic system that lets cows milk themselves…day or night. Each cow wears a radio-frequency identification (RFID)-equipped collar that triggers the milking station’s metal gate to swing open whenever she is ready to be milked.
Robots revolutionize local dairy industry
May 7, 2019 | Local News 8
There have been a number of science fiction movies where robots take over the world. That hasn’t happened yet, but robots are taking over parts of the dairy industry with dramatic results. Nestled in the hills of Franklin, Idaho is the Hobbs Dairy Circle 7 Ranch. Owner Troy Hobbs has seen lots of technological advancements in the industry since he was a kid on this farm. Last year he invested in the most advanced technology yet -- robots.
Pros and cons of four different robot configurations
March 25, 2019 | Progressive Dairymen
Whether you are building a new barn or retrofitting an existing structure, deciding on the proper robot layout is a critical yet enjoyable process. There are several different options and configurations to select from, but it is important the design you choose aligns with your long-term goals and management strategies.
Robotics help dairies more closely monitor cows, address labor shortage
March 14, 2019 | MagicValley.com
Heglar Creek Dairy’s robotic barn has been up and running for three months, and the cows are already milking it for all it’s worth. They check in regularly with the Lely Astronaut milking robot, which scans their collars and dispenses treats. The dairy cows lean against automated back-scratching brushes for stress relief. And they even sleep on water beds in a climate-controlled barn. It’s one of only two dairies of its kind in southern Idaho, but the idea is catching on.
Making grazing work with robots
March 11, 2019 | Progressive Dairyman
As automated and voluntary milking systems, more commonly referred to as robots, surge in popularity, so does the interest in using such technology in a grazing-based dairy operation. Howard Straub III, manager of the Pasture Dairy Center at Michigan State University, shared his experiences and insights on managing pastures with cows in an automated milking system in a January webinar presented by Penn State Extension’s Dairy Grazing Management Guide.
Henschel’s new robotic barn saves labor, improves family quality of life
February 13, 2019 | Wisconsin State Farmer
Wisconsin dairy farmers are well known for their resilience and perseverance in overcoming challenges and even adversity. Jeff and Diana Henschel, who farm in central Waupaca County, have persevered despite two barn fires in 2002, to modernize and expand their operation that now includes a new state-of-the-art robotic milking barn.
Robots bring beneficial cost savings to Majestic Crossing Dairy
February 5, 2019 | Progressive Dairymen
Traditionally, success for automated milking has been measured by increased milk and reduced labor. One full year after starting up robots, Majestic Crossing Dairy is finding additional value in this investment through savings in hoof trimming, mastitis treatments and water use.