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.
Preparing for winter
Perhaps it is difficult to imagine but winter is just around the corner in the northern hemisphere. With temperatures dropping outside and inside the barn, issues with frozen water hoses, cords and water troughs may occur. In cases of extreme frost, even manure can freeze to slatted floors. All of these issues will affect your cow’s visit behaviour, yield and, last but not least, your own workload and efficiency. Overall, we can say that prevention is better than cure. Therefore, here are some tips to prepare you for the winter.
Management, T4C & InHerd
Online advice to optimise your farm management
The world is changing fast. This credo sounds familiar and we all are used to the high speed availability of information and knowledge. Do you want to know what time it is on the other side of the world? Your smartphone or tablet with internet connections provides you with this information in a split second. Quick, smart and powerful search engines on the internet provide answers to certain questions, at the moment you need it and in your own convenient time and surroundings. For this reason Lely Farm Management Support (FMS) has developed a smart and quick online Web Advice application.
Management, Cow health
Prevent hoof infections
Many different factors are involved in the pathogenesis of infectious claw diseases, including strength/quality of the claw horn and barn/claw hygiene. A hands-on mentality is required in combination with proper management. To begin with the basics – overall hygiene, proper housing and cow comfort – must be ok. This is supported by a recent study by Wageningen University and Research.
Management, T4C & InHerd, Cow health, Feeding, Milking
Nine cow touches and feeding strategy
A solid foundation is important before starting optimisation. Together with your local Lely Farm Management Support (FMS) advisor you can determine where your attention is needed. In this article the importance of the 'Nine cow touches', feeding strategy and average lactation days will be discussed.
Management, Cow health
Prevention of heat stress
The optimal outside temperature for dairy cattle lies between -5°C and 18°C. At a temperature of 20°C and a humidity of 80%, a cow is already suffering from heat stress.