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.
Lely Juno, Luxury or Economy?
Since its launch in 2008, the Lely Juno has sold more than 2,300 units worldwide. Despite the fact that these Junos are increasing milk yield every day and saving farmers hours of work they are still often perceived as a luxury product. Is this really the case? To discover the truth, Lely Farm Management Support conducted an international survey which will be discussed in this article.
Management, T4C & InHerd, Cow health, Milking
Replacing or complementing human senses to monitor animal health
‘Sensor technology is already embedded in automatic milking, but this is about to develop further in the near future. Both farmers and advisors need to anticipate how they can use the information provided to the maximum’, according to Dr Claudia Kamphuis from Wageningen University.
Management, Cow health
When temperatures drop cows start to grow thicker hair to protect them against the winter cold. This makes them sweat, and excessive hair growth on the udder and tail may also impair robot efficiency. Cows’ tails are usually shaved mechanically using a shaver. There are two options for removing hair from the udder: shaving or singeing (flame clipping).
Management, T4C & InHerd
Last routing direction individual cows
Having multiple areas within you barn (stable, separation area, strawpen) or outside when grazing it may occur an individual cow is hard to locate. To optimize efficiency it is possible to see in T4C reports in which area a cow is at the present moment. With this information available it can quickly be seen or the cow you need is already routed or in which area she is. This feature ‘last routing direction’ is compatible with the Lely Astronaut and/ or the Lely Grazeway.
Management, T4C & InHerd
Labour saving by smart walking
A quote which seems to be obvious for all of us but nevertheless we encounter more than once barns which could be more efficient in work operations, protocols and routing. With reference to a recent project we would like to discuss some principles.
Management, Cow health, Milking
SMART sampling for MQC-C
Udder health is important for cow health, milk production and milk quality. To optimise udder health management it is vital to have a good insight into udder health performance on the farm. An improved interface is introduced to optimise sampling efficiency.