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.
Overcrowding and robotic milking
In herds with robotic milking, herd dynamics change over time and differ from herds with traditional milking parlors. However, the often heard comment that, due to these different dynamics, it is no longer necessary to have one cubicle and one place at the feed bunk per cow is incorrect. Especially at night and during feeding, robot herds have more or less similar dynamics as traditional herds.
Management, T4C & InHerd, Cow health, Feeding, Milking
Optimizing an eight-robot farm
During the ‘Cows in the cloud, down to earth’ Farm Management Symposium, Lisa Rußig gave a presentation about her eight-robot farm and the optimization process that they went through.
Management, Forage, Feeding
Prepare now for next harvesting season
In the northern hemisphere, the harvesting season in over. Bales are stacked, forage pits are sealed. Now is the time to evaluate the past harvesting season in order to prepare for the next one. Use the winter season to evaluate, learn and look forward together with the farmer so that you can tackle potential problems before they arise.
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 optimize 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.