Milking naturally

A healthy and stress-free cow makes for more milk in the tank. That is why the Lely Astronaut A4 robotic milking system was designed for cows. One of the features of the milking robot is the unique I-flow concept, which provides a straight route for cows. This means that the cows can easily enter and exit the robot when it is time for milking, and can be milked more rapidly, increasing the capacity of the robot.

Individual attention through smart technology

Every cow deserves attention. With the Lely T4C (Time for Cows) management system, you can track each cow individually. This system is specially designed for the Astronaut with user friendliness in mind. The T4C InHerd mobile application provides all information on your cows’ health and yield at a glance, allowing you to have all your cows under control and to manage them quickly and accurately.

Top-quality milk guaranteed

The Astronaut’s Milk Quality Control (MQC) system controls the milk at every milking. It looks at a range of valuable indicators, such as mastitis, fat and protein content, and lactose. This allows you to know each individual cow’s state of health so you can prevent any issues where necessary. You are also assured of top-quality milk in the tank and you save on veterinary costs.

More freedom, more control

The Astronaut means freedom of choice. You know better than anyone else what is good for your dairy farm. Combine this knowledge with our experience in automated milking. Make your own choices and configure your Astronaut with us, based on your specific wishes. The choice is yours.

The Way to Dairy Award

Created to recognize the best and the brightest in dairy farming, Lely North America is proud to present The Way To Dairy Award. The grand prize winner will receive their choice of either an Astronaut milking system or a Vector feeding system!


An investment that is quickly recouped

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lower somatic cell count

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What is important to you and your company?

The Astronaut choices

What are the top priorities and goals for your operation? How does your dairy farm perform at its best? The Astronaut can be set according to individual wishes and goals by managing these six categories:

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Add precision to reproduction

Repro choice

To be in control of your farm, you rely on reproduction. Get an extra set of eyes when getting your cows pregnant. Add accuracy to reproduction and you will be able to see the cows in heat and inseminate them at the right moment. It will boost your conception rate and will save you lots of time.

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Know your cows

Cow health choice

Healthy cows save costs, time and increase milk production. Get more control on cow health and make the right decisions with advanced sensors and easy-to-use information. This will secure your revenues.

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Secure udder health

Udder control choice

Good quality milk comes from a healthy udder. Get clear insights about udder health and understand when to take action. Have bacteria eliminated and cross-contamination avoided before each milking. Get a grip on your udder health and reduce your costs.

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Increase your milk yield

Boost milk choice

Getting the most out of your production capacity requires optimal interaction between udder capacity, available data and hardware, and being backed up by dedicated professional farm management support. Increase your robot capacity with an extra 10-15 percent, optimize your herd’s production and get more milk in the tank.

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Operate on feed efficiency

Feed choice

Feed is one of the main expenses on a dairy farm. Therefore, feed each cow to its actual needs by feeding efficiency. Get the ability to feed more advanced rations even in combination with liquid feed.

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Support your grazing strategy

Grazing choice

Grazing is a natural way to feed cows. Get healthy cows out in the field while having full control of your milk production.

Unequalled service

Do you have questions about financing? We will be glad to help and advise you.

Regardless of the date or time, you have technical support 24/7.

When the barn equipment isn't working, we are there to fix it.

Support at every step of the way

Always the right advice


Before the Astronaut comes into operation, we help you prepare your farm for automatic milking. This includes, for example, a training course on how to operate the robot and the associated management system. It also includes advice on how to design the barn, feeding and the well-being of the cows.


When the Astronaut is delivered, the robot is extensively checked. Milking only starts once everything is accurate, down to the last detail. During the initial milking -- the first step after installation -- we give you intensive support. Support is available 24/7.


Even once everything is working perfectly, we continue to offer support and guidance. Of course, we are always interested in knowing how happy you are and whether there are any improvements we could make. We continually provide analysis and advice to ensure the best possible result.


Producing high-quality milk requires time and care, and healthy and comfortable cows. It requires making the right choices. Choices that fit in with you and your goals. Our solutions for automatic milking help you make the right decisions for attaining these goals.