Our Farm Management Support specialists continuously investigate how to improve the milking process even further. They do this by running tests in the barn while using our customers’ knowledge of the Lely barn solutions. In this way they gain valuable insights, which help you to manage your dairy farm more efficiently and profitably.
Drinking behavior in dairy cows
Water plays a key role in milk production, control of body temperature and many other body functions in dairy cattle. While feed and ration management are generally monitored in detail, water intake, availability and quality are often overlooked. Cows consume around 4-4.5 liters of water per kg of milk produced and drinking water can satisfy 80-90% of a dairy cow’s total water needs. Generally, cows only drink in short bouts (7-12 times a day) during which they consume a total of between 10 to 20 liters of water. In particular, cows prefer to drink after milking and during feeding. This behavior is clearly seen in herds, where cows will go to drink after visiting the robot.
Crosswalk for cows
Dairy farmers Marente and Jaap Hupkes from Voorst, the Netherlands are rewarded with €1000,- by ‘Het Innovatiefonds Farmers for Farmers (IFFF, ‘The innovation fund Farmers for Farmers’) for their breakthrough innovation. The Dutch fund is an initiative from ForFarmers B.V., a producer and supplier of feed for cattle.
Management, Grazing, T4C & InHerd
Cows adapt quickly to grazing
In 2013 Lely Farm Management Support commenced a research study involving 500 Dutch Astronaut farmers. 200 of these farmers put their cows to out to graze. Most of them− 40%−opened the barn doors in May. The study analyzed the effect of introducing grazing. A comparison was made between the month prior to the start of grazing, in which the cows were still indoors and the month in which grazing was introduced. The first month after the cows started to go to the pasture was also taken into account.
Calves are the dairy cows of tomorrow
Most likely the primary focus of attention are the dairy cows, however the younger generations should also have their place in the daily routines. Young calves need enough attention; they need feed of excellent quality. The concentrate supplied should be of the correct kind and sufficient. Keep in mind that in the long term, correctly reared young stock will guarantee a good return.
Management, Cow health
Barn hygiene and robotic milking
On dairy farms, udder health and claw health are closely related to barn hygiene. Clean and dry bedding reduces the risk of mastitis when the cow is resting and prevents the teats and udder to become dirty. Clean passages keep cows from bringing manure into the cubicles, allow the claws to dry and hence reduce the sensitivity for infectious claw disorders, and keep cows from slipping when walking.