Fabio Oneda, a farmer in Italy, made the transition to automatic milking a few years ago. He currently milks 110 cows, the majority milked by a Lely Astronaut and the rest milked in a traditional parlour.
He chose Lely based on robot performance and animal-welfare standards. In the future he hopes to invest in a second Astronaut and become fully automatic.
The thing that has impressed him the most about Lely has been the technical support. When a problem arose on a public holiday in 2014, Fabio said of its quick resolution:
‘The support provided by Lely Italia was crucial. I am happy that I had all the technicians with me. They all worked together as a team to solve the problem. I never felt alone.’
A success story
Fabio took over the family farm from his father and his uncle in 1998. In the early days he was milking 40 cows in a traditional milking parlour. By 2011, however, his herd had grown to 85 cows and he was employing a milking assistant.
‘Following an illness, I decided to buy a milking robot to make life easier for myself. I then continued working alone, milking 60 cows with the robot and 25 cows in the parlour. Today I have 110 cows, which produce 1,200,000 kg of milk per year. Of this amount, 780,000 kg is milked by the robot.’