Your Leedstone Lely Center

What Can Leedstone Do For You?


Bringing value & support to your dairy. From planning, installation & service to ongoing support, your Leedstone team is here to help you reach your goals.

SALES

  • Construction or retrofit
  • Competitive pricing; maximized efficiencies
  • Scheduling

PRODUCTS/SERVICE

  • Milking
  • Feeding
  • Cleaning
  • Refrigeration
  • Ventilation

FARM MANAGEMENT SUPPORT

  • Training
  • Preparing
  • Monitoring
  • Identifying strengths & opportunities
  • Tips, trends & upgrades

This is why we're here.
KEEPING FAMILIES ON THE FARM

Contact

Leedstone Headquarters
222 County Road 173 SE
Melrose, MN 56352
Telephone 800.996.3303
Immediate assistance 888.267.2697
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Opening hours:

Mon-Fri, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sat, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Glencoe, MN 55336
2580 9th Street E
M-F, 8-4:30
877.864.5575

Plainview, MN 55964
24260 County Road 27
M-F, 8-5
800.548.2540

Menomonie, WI 54751
1720 Freitag Drive
M-F, 8-5
866.467.4717

Contact this Lely Center
What Can Leedstone Do For You?


Bringing value & support to your dairy. From planning, installation & service to ongoing support, your Leedstone team is here to help you reach your goals.

SALES

  • Construction or retrofit
  • Competitive pricing; maximized efficiencies
  • Scheduling

PRODUCTS/SERVICE

  • Milking
  • Feeding
  • Cleaning
  • Refrigeration
  • Ventilation

FARM MANAGEMENT SUPPORT

  • Training
  • Preparing
  • Monitoring
  • Identifying strengths & opportunities
  • Tips, trends & upgrades

This is why we're here.
KEEPING FAMILIES ON THE FARM

Meet our general managers

The Leedstone Lely Center, with four locations, staffs four Lely Center Managers: Collin "Spud" Brehmer (Glencoe, MN), James Shearer (Menomonie, WI), Don Brower (Melrose, MN), and Keith Fuerstneau (Plainview, MN).

We work together and independently to ensure our clients enjoy the highest quality of equipment and ongoing support. Your goals are important to us, and we're here to work with you to improve efficiencies, productivity, and cow comfort.

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Leedstone, Who We Are

Our equipment team specializes in sales, installation, service and ongoing support for your Lely equipment. Plus, we have so much more to offer your entire operation: animal health products and specialists, animal prescriptions, route/farm delivery, and more. Learn more about us in this brochure.

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A5 Robot Milker

The A5 Robotic Milker takes physical labor out of your milking equation. With Lely A5 automation, your time is spent proactively managing cow efficiency and herd health. And, your cows become more relaxed and productive. Let Leedstone help you reach your production goals—888.267.2697.

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Vector Automated Feeding

Lely Vector automatic feeder mixes the right feed in the right amount, then feeds it to your cattle at the proper portion and frequency. Easily programmed, The Vector allows your herd to eat as often as they want without you having to raise a finger! Contact Leedstone to help your cattle get the most from their feed—888.267.2697.

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Discovery Collectors

Lely Discovery and Discovery Collector help you keep your barn clean. Ideal for different types of barn floors, these solutions automate the repetitive, dirty work of scraping the barn manually. Regular cleaning keeps feet, udders and tails clean. Talk to Leedstone for this automated robot to keep your barn clean—888.267.2697.

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Juno Feed Pusher

The Juno pushes feed in all types of barns and is easily programmed to keep feed in front of your animals. Cows eating more feed leads to higher milk production, fresher forage and healthier animals. Call Leedstone to order and schedule the installation of your automated feed pushing system—888.267.2697.

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Luna Cow Brush

Cows love the Luna cow brush! The best in cow comfort, Luna is easy to install and takes very little energy to run. It stimulates blood circulation, promotes clean and healthy skin and makes your cattle comfortable and quieter. Let Leedstone know how many you'd like—888.267.2697.

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Our people

Projects

Creekside Farm LLC (Waverly, MN)

Congratulations to Creekside Farm LLC on their transition to automated milking in April of 2021! Dan, Mike, Bob and Dale Sawatzke (pictured) near Waverly, MN started using their 3 Lely A5 milking robots, 3 Luna brushes, and a Juno automated feed pusher this week! They decided to transition to robotics from their parlor with the hopes of saving labor and increasing milk production. The start-up went well and the cows are very much enjoying the tasty treats they get from the robot. Thank you to the Sawatzke family for working with Leedstone!

Funk's Midway Dairy (Melrose, MN)

Congratulations to Funk's Midway Dairy on the new robotic dairy systems installed in their secondary location in April, 2021! Jeff, Karl and Greg, along with their parents John and Dorothy Funk installed two Lely A5 robotic milkers, a Juno Flex feed pusher, 2 Discovery Collector 120 floor cleaners, 3 Luna brushes, Schaefer cross-ventilation fans, a feed bin and flex auger system and a 5,000-gallon Mueller milk tank where they now milk about 120 cows.

Silver Dust Dairy (Ottertail, MN)

Congratulations to organic farm, Silver Dust Dairy, on their brand new barn in March of 2021! Ken and Dori Larson, their son, Todd; daughter, Ellen; and their families started working with 1 new Lely A5 Astronaut robotic milker for their 55 cows, plus a Juno Flex feed pusher, Discover 120 manure collector, and a Luna cow brush! They also installed Schaefer fans, DCC waterbeds and a Lely Grazeway (double-gate grazing-management system). The 'formal' transition to robotics is started last week! Lots of transitions for this family, and we’re happy to be here to help it all go smoothly!

Capko Brothers (Swanville, MN)

In 2020, Jerry, Larry and Jared Capko were feeding their almost 80 calves with bottles and pails for the first 2 weeks, then transferring them to an auto-feeder. They decided to make a change because they were experiencing ventilation issues and the animals were starting to get overcrowded.

As of February 2021, they have a brand new calf barn with room for 100 calves, including Schaefer fans and ADC positive air tubes. They installed 2 Holm & Laue calf feeders to make feeding easier. Jared said, "We like that the H&L feeders have 2 mixing bowls, which mean both stations can be fed at the same time. The hygiene capabilities are top-of-the-line, and we feel that's important for our calves. Beyond that, the superior ventilation we now have in the barn is a big perk! It's great to have all our calves in one location to be able to give them the best care."

Schiffler Dairy (Albany, MN)

Schiffler family installed 4 Lely A5 robots, 3 Discovery Collecotrs, 1 Juno feed pusher, 4 Luna cow brushes, a 6700-gallon Mueller bulk tank, DCC waterbeds and a Schaefer cross-ventillation system in December of 2020!

Rolo Dairy (Kerkhoven, MN)

Rod & Naomi Lindquist and their family started their robotic milking system on October 27, 2020! Their freestall barn with 4 newly installed Lely A5 milking robots, 2 Discovery 120 manure Collectors and 4 Luna brushes are on the job, and the family and cows are adapting very well. And, an installation of a Lely a Juno Flex feed pusher is still in the works. Leedstone would like to congratulate the Lindquist family on keeping their family farm strong and moving forward! (Photo from left to right: Adam, Mackenzie, Kolby, Rod, Naomi holding Abel, Amanda, Brody, Korissa and Ty.)

Silver Spirit Dairy (Elgin, MN)

After a 9-year hiatus from active dairying, Silver Spirit Dairy (owned by Craig and Cathy Reiter and Sam and Brenda Fessenden) started with two new A5 Lely Robots in their new barn construction in October of 2020.The transition went smoothly as the families got acquainted with their new roles and new equipment! Congratulations Silver Spirit, and thank you for bringing Leedstone along on your journey!

Ahlgren Dairy (Darwin, MN)

Project Summary:  Family looking to the future of dairy

Ahlgren Dairy from Darwin, MN started using their automated milkers and equipment in June/July, 2020! They now have 3 Lely A5 milking robots, 2 Collector manure scrapers, a Vector automated feeding system, a Dealers Livestock feed bin and auger system, along with DCC waterbeds, Schaefer cross-ventilation and Luna cattle brushes for herd comfort. Thank you for taking us along on your new adventure!

Rohe Dairy (Freeport, MN)

Project Summary:  Making the most of 2020

Leedstone is happy to announce Rohe Dairy is now a Lely automated milking operation! With a June 5, 2020 start-up, the family is still very new to the world of automated milking, and everything is going smoothly and as planned for their start-up process. Congratulations to the Rohe family, and thank you for bringing us with you on your new endeavor!

Golden Sunrise Dairy (McIntosh, MN)

Project Summary:  First-of-its-kind barn in the USA

The Rolf family of McIntosh, Minnesota, built a first-of-its-kind in the USA, fully automated milking and feeding barn. What makes this barn so unique? It houses all dairy animals throughout their lifespan—birth, young-stock, milking, and dry-period stages. They started milking in March of 2020.

Dorrich Dairy / Vold Family (Glenwood, MN)

Project Summary:  Parlor renovation to robotic milking

Dorrich Dairy, owned by the Vold Family. In October of 2019, they started the conversion from parlor milking to robotic milking with 7 Lely A4 robots. The family is looking to automated milking for cow efficiency, labor savings, and long-term sustainability. The Volds are dedicated ambassadors to the dairy industry and Leedstone is honored to partner with them in their venture!

Nathe Dairy (Melrose, MN)

Project Summary: A multiphase approach

In April of 2019, Jeron & Brenda Nathe from Melrose, MN, transitioned part of their dairy to automated milking by installing 4 Lely A5 robots. Once their April phase was complete, construction began to retrofit part of the original barn for a 5th robot, a plan they had in place from the beginning. This new phase is now being finalized, and they'll begin milking with their 5th robot this week! Congratulations to Jeron & Brenda on their newly completed project. We are privileged to work with, and support the efforts of, such a great farm family.

Middendorf Dairy (Melrose, MN)

Project Summary:  New construction, family and cow approved

Congratulations to the Middendorf family! They started in a new barn complete with Lely automated milking equipment in May of 2018. We’re honored to be a part of your venture!

Roerick/Roerview Dairy (Swanville, MN)

Project Summary:  A Thanksgiving project

The Roerick family, of Swanville, Minnesota, started dairy farming in 1982 and grew their business throughout the years. They built a new barn with A4 Lely robots and started milking just after Thanksgiving in 2015.

Beckman Family Farm (Pennock, MN)

Project Summary:  Time for a change

In 2012, the Beckman family worked in a stall barn that was no longer functional for them. It was to the point they needed to build or stop milking. They built their new-barn construction with a wintery mix in play, and started using their robots on their 4th-generation farm in December of 2013.

Mursu Family Dairy (New York Mills, MN)

Project Summary: More than doubling the herd size

Mursu Dairy is a 3rd generation farm. From milking in a 100-year old barn, their new barn construction and milking system in 2012-2013 was an amazing transition.

Rein Dairy (Lanesboro, MN)

Ben and Amber Rein, from Lanesboro, MN, are long-standing equipment customers with Leedstone. Their first Lely A4 Robot was installed in 2013, the second, in 2015. Then a few years later, in 2018, they installed a Lely Vector feeding system! He said, "Dad spent many hours a day mixing feed. Now the Vector does it for us. Plus, I'm saving around $2,000 per month in fuel from tractor and skid loader usage!" In January 2020 we installed a Holm & Laue Calf Expert in a Calf Star Instant Calf Facility along with a Calf Star First Nurse Colostrum Pasteurizer for Rein Dairy. Thank you for such a great, continued relationship with us Ben and Amber!

Groetsch Family Dairy (Albany, MN)

Project Summary:  Pioneers in the robotic industry

Located in Albany, MN, this dairy is a 3-generation farm, with the promise of becoming 4-generation! An early pioneer in the robotic milking area, they began building a new barn in 2011 and started milking in January of 2012.

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