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.
Management, Cow health, Milking
Increasing labor efficiency with automatic routing
Besides milking, the Lely Astronaut milking robot also allows you to increase your labor efficiency by automatically routing cows that require treatment into a separation pen. This helps to save labor and time when you have to treat, inseminate, dry off, etc (a) cow(s). Of course, this demands the presence of a routing area behind the robot, which is preferably flexible in size, so that larger groups of cows (e.g. dry off, pregnancy checks) can be routed here when needed.
Management, Forage, Milking
The best menu for your cows
Feed strategy and management are of great influence on your herd's performance. Continuously monitor the various rations. Ask yourself the questions, what do I feed my cows, is this sufficient for the production? And how efficient are my cows using the fed ration? Find out more in this article.
Management, Cow health, Milking
Improving Milk Quality
Milk quality is of paramount importance to dairy farms. In older research it was stated that the Somatic Cell Count increases after implementing automated milking on a dairy farm. However, is this still true? Recent German research has shown that both milk quality and milk production may be improved by automated milking.
Management, Young stock, T4C & InHerd
The importance of heat recognition and how Lely can help with this
Cows older than 8 months will be in heat every 3 weeks. They may display clearly discernable signs of being in heat, such as being restless and more active(standing and mounting).These signs help farmers to detect that an animal is in heat. But what if cows do not display such signs clearly? For example, if they are on slippery floors where they walk very carefully, or if they display the symptoms when the farmer is not around?
How to clean your Lely robot?
Every farmer wants a Lely Astronaut milking robot with the highest performance, but what can you do to reach this? One of the most important tasks is to clean your Lely Astronaut milking robot daily! The use of good quality water and correct cleaning tools in and around the robot is of great importance.
The importance of Standard Operating Procedures
On both family farms and large farms with employees, the need is high for clear procedures. The use of so called Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) will maximize labor efficiency and reduce the chance of mistakes. With an SOP we have to keep in mind that these procedures are similar in general, but need to be adapted for each farm. An SOP ensures that each procedure is done according to the set rules by each and every single person on the farm. Having standard procedures gives farmers peace of mind and will stimulate employees to do their utmost for improved farm performance.