Learn with Lely during World Dairy Expo

Dec30Number3When you’re at World Dairy Expo, grab a delicious grilled cheese sandwich and head over to the Lely booth for our informative and educational Learn with Lely presentations. Each day, we will have Lely experts sharing their knowledge at the Lely tent outside of the Arena Building. Check the schedule below. We can’t wait to see you there!

Learn with Lely at World Dairy Expo*

Day        Time Speaker Topic
Oct. 4


2 p.m.

Alleck Olerud;
Stephanie Heindl

Dan Schriener- Moderator

Careers with Cows: Hear from Lely interns
Oct. 5


2 p.m.

Joel Eberhart Feed the need with Lely Vector Automated feeding system
Oct. 6



2 p.m.

Preston Vincent


Rick Rugg

Robots on large dairies


Build your future: Barn layout knowhow

Oct. 7


2 p.m.

Gaylen Guyer

Ben Smink

Efficient  Herd Management in robots
Oct. 8
11a.m. Rick Rugg Build your future: Barn layout knowhow
Oct. 8
2 p.m. Ben Smink Efficient  Herd Management in robots

*Sessions subject to change. Check the schedule at the Lely booth each day.

In addition to the Learn with Lely sessions, stop to see our interactive barn design display that will let you see how Lely products could work in your operation.

A Lely Luna cow brush will be given away EACH DAY of the show. Bring cow comfort home with you. Just stop by our booth to sign up for a chance to win. luna_brush_withcow_cob_3i

World Dairy Expo
October 4 – 8, 2016
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Alliant Energy Center
3310 Latham Drive
Madison, Wisconsin

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Emily Ooms awarded Lely scholarship

This week Lely North America will highlight the five U.S. recipients of the 2016 Future of Dairy Scholarship Program.

Emily Ooms of Valatie, New York was one of the students who has been awarded a one-year, $1,000 scholarship.

img_9960oomsscholarshipOoms, who is majoring in animal science at Cornell University, has worked on her family’s dairy operation, served as New York state dairy princess and was active in 4-H for many years along with many other activities and honors.

To qualify for the scholarship, students had to be enrolled at an accredited junior college, college, university, or graduate school in a program that can equip them to contribute to the dairy industry. They also needed to be current or previous members of the 4-H or FFA and submit an essay response to the question, “How will automated milking and feeding equipment impact the future of the dairy industry?”

In the essay, Ooms wrote:

Many farms, including my family’s, transitioned to robotic milking systems in order to save labor costs, but along the way found many additional bonuses. On my family farm we’re able to save 500 gallons of water a day, by using robotic milking systems, allowing us to help the environment as well. But what we’ve enjoyed the most is the freedom the robots allow our cows. They’re able to get milked as often or as little as pleased, and have become increasingly friendlier.

Congratulations to Ooms and all of the scholarship recipients. Look for more of our winners posted this week.

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Guest contributor: Sarah Sache – Milking, Feeding, Lely Every Day

dsc_3331-1Sarah Sache is secretary of West River Farm Ltd. in Rosedale, British Columbia, Canada. She’s an active advocate for agriculture and Canadian dairy, and a frequent instagrammer (@dairysecretary). We asked her to tell us a little about a day in their life with Lely robots.
by Sarah Sache

It’s 7:15 a.m., and three pairs of feet slip into three waiting pairs of rubber boots. The pockets of my coveralls packed with kiddie snacks and my smartphone, I’m off the barn with my two young sons, Winston (6) and Curtis (4). On Sundays we are the help on our family farm.

We step out of the garage and the rhythmic sound of milking robots carries on the early morning air. It’s been almost a year since our farm made the switch to the Lely Astronaut robotic milking system and the wonder of hearing cows being milked before arriving to the barn has not grown old.

The boys run ahead and make a quick loop past the calving pen.

“928’s not here yet, Mum.”

They keep close track of what heifer calf we are expecting next.

We stop by the office where my husband, Gene, already has the coffee on. I pour myself half a cup and drink it quickly before helping the kids find Dad. He’s out raking stalls, cleaning crossovers and motivating a short list of fetch cows. Winston joins him in the herd, happily singing along to the radio “Huntin’, Fishin’ Lovin’ Every Day…”  There is always music and Winston knows all the words.

Curtis and I start washing robots.dsc_0219-3

“Can I press PLAY, Mum? Can I? Can I pause it? Can I loosen the cups? Do you think today maybe I can move the arm? Can I?”

I lift him up to the screen and he carefully presses the stop, then I hand him an apple and he stands in the doorway eating it while I wash Robot 1. We continue on through Robots 2 and 3, and when the apple is finally gone I boost him up again and let him move the robot arm to home. The two of us go feed calves and heifers before meeting the others back at the main barn just in time to watch them dump their final load of feed to the milk cows.

sarah3dsc_0247-5As we’re finishing up, the boys get out their plasma cars and enjoy racing up and down the feed alley together.

“Mum, look! I see 605! See her?! She’s right there! She’s getting brushed!”

They’ve spotted a favorite cow enjoying a Lely Luna. I snap a picture and Instagram it.

“Watching a favorite girl enjoy a morning scratch. #farmkids #familyfarm #dairyfarm  #lelyluna #cowcomfort # cowsofinstagram #animalcare #livelifelely #sundaymorning #supportlocal #local #localfood #100canadianmilk.”

The Juno beeps, signaling it’s about to begin its first pass of the day and the boys quickly park their cars and clear the way. It’s time to go in for breakfast and get on with the rest of our day. We’ll all be back out again for afternoon chores at 3:30 p.m.

This is our Lely life, and we just love it.

For more information about the farm and equipment, visit http://www.westcoastrobotics.ca/#!west-river-farm/fjlrv.


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Lely Offers Scholarship Program in Canada

Lely is proud to announce the new 2016 Future of Dairy Scholarship Program that will be awarded annually.

Five quaLuce_09A6883lified students residing in Canada will be awarded a one-year, $1,000 scholarship. Students must be at least 18 years old and currently enrolled at an accredited junior college, college, university, or graduate school. The student must also be registered in a program that can equip them to contribute to the dairy industry and be current or previous members of the 4-H. A full list of requirements can be found at www.lelyna.com/scholarships.

“Today’s youth have the fortune to make an impact in an industry of real opportunity,” said Peter Langebeeke, President of Lely North America. “Tomorrow’s employee may have dairy experience on their resume, yet it’s not a requirement to enjoy a successful career at Lely. We look for a variety of skill sets and want to help students achieve their academic goals through scholarships.”

To apply, students should visit www.lelyna.com/scholarships and complete the application form.

Students need to submit an essay response (500-700 words) to the question, “How will automated milking and feeding equipment impact the future of the dairy industry?”

In addition, applicants need:

  1. A 1-2 page personal resume depicting their previous leadership/organizational involvement
  2. A letter of recommendation from their 4-H advisor
  3. A letter of recommendation from an academic advisor

Scholarship submissions will be accepted starting September 1, 2016. The deadline for application is October 1, 2016, at 11:59 pm CST.  Winners will be notified on or before November 15, 2016, by way of an email or phone call.

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Lely North America Awards Scholarships

Lely North America is proud to announce their first recipients of The Lely North America Future Dairy Scholarship Program, which provides support to those who will help build the future of the industry.

Congratulations to Travis Koester, Purdue University; Emily Ooms, Cornell University;  Sara Roerick, University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine; Mariah Schmitt, Iowa State University; and Chelsea Schossow, South Dakota State University.

Iowas-Dairy-Center-Discovery_Sm1These winners, which were chosen from more than 60 applications throughout the United States, each received $1,000 scholarships. To apply for the scholarship, students had to be enrolled at an accredited junior college, college, university, or graduate school, in a program that can equip the student to contribute to the dairy industry. Students must also have been current or previous members of the 4-H or FFA organizations.

Bellana Putz, customer support manager for Lely North America, said the quality of all applicants was outstanding, which were reflected by the judges’ comments including, ‘I was very impressed … the dairy industry has a great labor-pool preparing for it … the pure volume in the depth of these candidates is tremendous.’

Look for more details on each winner coming soon. Also, Lely North America soon will be announcing the 2016 Future of Dairy Scholarship Program for students residing in Canada. Five qualified students will be awarded a one-year, $1,000 scholarship.

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FarmVisit App Allows Producers to Share Information Quickly with Advisors

SmallerMCBURNEY_SARA_1by Dr. Sarah McBurney, Senior Farm Management Support Consultant/Veterinarian for Lely

Our Lely Farm Management Support (FMS) advisors want dairy producers to succeed with their herds and Lely products. The FarmVisit app is a great Lely T4C InHerd tool that allows the FMS team to communicate with producers quickly in order to address any issues.

With the app, dairy producers give their advisor access to see individual farms’ key performance indicators (KPIs). This up-to-date information on factors such as milk production, feed efficiency and reproduction can be used to help the producer achieve the specific individual farm objectives.

Dec30Number4Various graphs show the current situation compared with previous month’s and year’s results. From this information it is clear what the trends are and where results can be improved. The advisor can also store notes in the graphs, making it easier to check if the situation has improved after the given advice.

When supporting and advising producers on herd management, details are very important. Small changes may result in considerable change.

FarmVisit has been very useful in providing real-time insight into the farm performance anytime, anywhere, allowing advisors to contact producers directly using the T4C information or with a call or a dairy visit.

By creating FarmVisit we provide constant access to the latest information on a dairy. Our goal is to establish relationships with our customers so they can be successful and turn to us for quick and accurate advice. Together, we can monitor the performance of the herd and enjoy the success of the operation.

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Tips for creating total mixed rations consistently

Creating total mixed rations (TMR) is the goal of every producer, but making sure the rations are well mixed, consistent and fresh can be a challenging prospect.

Don Martell, a Ruminant Field Technical Specialist with Diamond V, has offered up several tips for creating consistent TMR for your dairy herd: Manage the moisture and nutrient variation in forages, keep a consistent grind on corn and high-moisture corn, use on-farm premixes, monitor the feed bunks for consistent TMR intake, and control the factors affecting TMR mixing.

When auditing operations, Martell says the most common issues found with TMR mixing are worn parts (23.2%), the mix time after the last ingredient is added (13.5%), the quality of the processed hay (10%) and having over- or under-filled mixers (6.2%).

Depending on the type of mixer you are using, over- or under-filling can range drastically. For vertical wagons Martell recommends filling to 75-95% of struck volume. Those using Reel Horizontal Wagons should fill to about 70% of its maximum volume. Martell recommends those using a 4-Auger Wagons to fill to about 75% of its maximum capacity.10-Factors_BlogPost

Minimizing the TMR sorting can also help with creating consistent rations for your herd. There are several things you can do to minimize the sorting required for TMR: Reduce the forage particle size to 2 inches or less, increase the forage quality to improve the palatability for your herd, add 5-10 pounds of water per cow per day to wet the feed ingredients, feed the herd more frequently, and push feeds up more often.

Martell says having a properly set up Lely Vector feeding system and monitoring the TMR mixer is another way to ensure TMR.

The Vector’s kitchen only requires filling every three days and the grabber can be adjusted for precision feeding. The system estimates weight and automatically corrects accordingly, making sure the cows are fed exactly what they need.

To learn more about how the Lely Vector can lower your feed and labor costs, as well as increase your milk production, click here.

Snake River Robotics Introduced as new Lely Center

Lely has a new addition to its North American dealer center network. Snake River Robotics is located in Idaho, and provides knowledgeable guidance during that next step in dairy automation.

Todd Webb, a fourth-generation dairyman, along with his partners which include his brothers Mark Webb, Scott Webb and neighbor Mike Garner, started Snake River Robotics to serve dairy producers in the Magic Valley area of Southcentral Idaho. The Magic Valley area has about 296 dairies that produce 72.8 percent of the state’s total milk.

Together with Lely North America, Webb and his team offer reliability, consistency and efficiency in an industry where skilled labor is becoming less available and more expensive.

“As dairymen, we know the importance of having quality equipment and the need to have technicians who are prompt, accurate and thorough when you need them,” Webb said.

P1040203Webb and his partners operate a dairy operation, a diversified crop farm that raises sugarbeets, corn, wheat, barley and alfalfa; a beef cattle feedlot; and an electric company. The Lely Center will build on the foundation of a small dairy supply company they own and operate with another partner, Jared Simkins.

“Our dairy supply and electric company are a great fit for this Lely Center because we understand how important it is to be on-call 24 hours a day and be available to farmers,” Webb said. “There has been a lot of talk about robotics in dairies in the Magic Valley. Lely products will be a great interest for large and small operations.”

To reach Snake River Robotics, call 208-878-5359 or visit www.lelyna.com/dealer-locator.cfm


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Fly Prevention in the Barn

Keep house flies and stable flies under control in dairy buildings with an integrated fly control program. This type of program utilizes a variety of fly control methods based on knowing pest biology and habits, proper sanitation, manure management and timely applications of insecticides.

Nov4Quebec3Lee Townsend, Extension Entomologist with the University of Kentucky writes that house fly and stable fly maggots develop in moist, spilled feed, and bedding or organic matter mixed with manure, in and around dairy barns.

He writes that sanitation is the key to any successful fly control program since it removes fly breeding sites. Without proper sanitation, chemical control treatments will be of limited success.

Regular removal of manure and thorough removal of manure from corners, around posts and under feed bunks is necessary to prevent fly breeding.

In addition Townsend offers these suggestions to fly control:

  • Residual fly sprays should be applied to fly resting areas in barns and loafing sheds to control adult flies. Insecticides applied as space sprays, mists or fogs may be used to provide rapid knockdown of adult flies but have no residual activity and will only control flies present at the time of application.Journey2
  • Larvicides can be applied directly to maggot-infested manure as a means of temporarily reducing fly numbers when sanitation and manure management cannot be used. Rabon 50WP or Ravap EC at the rate of 1 gal of finished spray per 100 ft sq of surface. See label for mixing instructions. Treat only “hot spots” containing large numbers of maggots if possible.
  • Fly traps can capture large numbers of house flies, but generally do not reduce numbers significantly. The solution to severe fly problems lies in finding and treating or eliminating breeding sites.

Read more of Townsend’s tips and information here.

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Lely “Did Juno” Winners Awarded

100_4354Duane Alberts, owner of Alberts Bros. Dairy, in Pine Island, Minnesota, is living life Lely with a new Juno automatic feed pusher. Alberts, the U.S. winner of the Lely “Did Juno” contest, received his new Juno from Dairyland Equipment.


Ken Dykstra, of South Rustico Prince Edward Island (PEI), was the Canadian winner of the “Did Juno” contest. Dykstra was presented with a voucher for his free Juno from LBJ Farm Equipment during the Dairy Farmers of Canada Annual General Meeting in Charlottetown, PEI. Congratulations to Duane and Ken. Look for more contests coming from Lely in the future.

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