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.
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.
How to achieve an optimally mixed ration
More and more farms around the world have started feeding with the Lely Vector Automatic Feeding System. We discussed the first results of fresh feeding in January’s FMS newsletter. In this article we would like to discuss some guidelines on how to achieve an optimally mixed ration for your cows.
Management, Cow health, Milking
Herd dynamics in Automatic Milking System herds
In herds with robotic milking, herd dynamics change slightly over time and differ from herds with a traditional milking parlor. This is due to reduced human interference. However, at night and during feeding, milking of robot herds has similar dynamics as compared to traditional herds.
The influence of light on milk production
Proper lighting in barns ensures optimum cow performance. It has been proven, that proper lighting inside the barn — including an optimal time schedule — may increase milk production by 6 to 10%.