Pella, Iowa — July 2016 — Duane Alberts, owner and operator of Alberts Bros. Dairy, located in Pine Island, Minnesota, was selected as the U.S. winner of the Lely North America “Did Juno?” promotion. Alberts and his family were presented with a free Lely Juno 100 automatic feed pusher on July 13.
The promotion, awarded by Rick Rugg, Midwest Regional Manager for Lely North America, and Greg Luebke of Dairyland Equipment Services Inc. of Plainview, Minnesota, is a way for Lely North America to give back to the dairy industry by improving a dairy farmer’s lifestyle and reducing their workload.
About the Lely Juno automatic feed pusher
Thanks to the Lely Juno 100 automatic feed pusher, providing fresh feed to cows around the clock has never been easier. The availability of fresh feed results in increased dry matter intake and milk production, which has been found to have a positive impact on the general health of the animal.
The Juno moves along the feed alley automatically, following the feed bunk and pushing feed without disturbing the cows. Since the Juno is a stand-alone machine, barn modifications are seldom required; it can be used in almost any type of barn.
In a Lely research study, 100 Juno customers were polled to ask if they considered the Juno to be a farm luxury or a necessary part of their operation, among other questions.
- The Juno saved an average of 25 minutes of labor per day, 152 hours annually.
- Pushing feed via tractor or skid loader expended 22.8 times more energy per year than the Juno, which pushed feed three or four times more per day.
- Labor savings resulted in more than $2,400 (USD) annually.
- Average milk production increases occurred.
- Payback time averaged three to four years for producers experiencing labor and fuel savings.
- Payback time averaged one to two years for producers experiencing labor and fuel savings as well as production increases.
Needless to say, producers further confirmed through the survey that the Juno feed pusher has become a necessity in their operations. They found that having a Juno increased efficiency, eliminated costs and boosted milk production.
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About Lely North America
Lely NA, based in Pella, Iowa, is part of the Lely Group, founded in 1948. Lely directs all its efforts toward creating a sustainable, profitable and enjoyable future in farming for its customers. Lely is the only company worldwide to supply the agricultural sector with a complete portfolio of products and services ranging from forage harvesting to automated feeding systems, barn cleaners and milking robots. Lely is also working on business concepts to ensure energy-neutral operations in the dairy sector. For many years, Lely has remained the undisputed market leader in the sales and service of automated milking systems. The company has a strong position in forage harvesting products, and with more than 65 years of acquired knowledge of the agricultural cycle Lely has an unrivalled position. The Lely Group is active in more than 60 countries and employs some 2,000 people.
For more information, please contact:
Bellana L. Putz
Ann Marie Edwards