Preventing Heat Stress

Preventing Heat StressThis time of year, heat stress becomes a concern for every dairy farmer. Heat stress in cattle is brought on by a combination of high temperature and high humidity. The optimal outside temperature for dairy cattle is between 23ºF ( -5º C) and 65ºF (18ºC).

Effects of heat stress on the cow

The main effects of heat stress are:

  • Reduced dry matter (DM) intake
  • Reduced milk yield with lower fat and protein levels
  • Reduced fertility and increased water consumption

To evacuate surplus heat, cows will raise their respiration rate and start panting. Combined that with increased salivation, reduces buffer capacity and augments the risk of ruminal acidosis. Cows suffering from heat stress spend two to three hours/day less lying down. This increases the chance of claw disorders and good claw health is necessary for optimal cow flow to the robot.

Measures to prevent heat stress

These measures do not only apply to lactating cows, but to dried-off cows and heifers as well.

  • Water: High-yielding cows may drink up to 50 gallons (200 liters) per day. As rule of thumb, the water required by a cow equals four times her daily milk yield.
  • Housing: Cows need ventilation to cool off. Natural side-ways ventilation in open-sided barns, together with mechanical ventilation from 60ºF (20°C) onwards, is the most effective.
  • Feed management: Feeding more often, at cool moments of the day, keeps the ration fresh and tasty as well as stimulating feed intake and preventing fermentation.
  • Pasture: During hot periods, it is advisable to have the cows in pasture only during the night or during the cool moments (evening, early morning) of the day.
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Lely names Bellana Putz customer sales support manager

PutzAnnouncementLely is proud to welcome Bellana Putz to its North America team. Putz will serve as the Lely Customer Sales Support Manager and is responsible for managing marketing and customer sales support activity within the Lely North America team.

Putz will lead the day-to-day operations of Lely’s customer sales support department and work collaboratively with the sales team to identify business growth potential and opportunities for distribution development. She will also direct marketing and communications efforts by creating effective promotions, evaluating communication channels and executing strategic planning for the dairy industry.

Putz has a strong background in the agriculture industry and more than ten years of marketing experience. Prior to working for Lely, Putz spent the last three years marketing for Vermeer, a trusted partner and neighbor to Lely headquarters in Pella. As a result, Putz is familiar with the Lely brand and its distribution model.”

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Wordless Wednesday | Road Trip

If you’re traveling on this Wordless Wednesday, be on the lookout for this Lely cow as she travels down I-80 east bound. Any guesses whose farm she is going to?  Hint…..USA.

Speeding Cow

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Open House at Spruce Lane Farms, Holland Centre, ON

You’re invited to an open house at Spruce Lane Farms this Saturday (July 26) from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Spruce Lane Farms is located near Holland Centre in Ontario Canada.

About the Farm

Spruce Lane Farms retrofitted their freestall parlor barn to accommodate four Lely A4 robotic milking machines in April 2014. They are currently milking 170 cows on the robots, and also utilize a Lely Juno 100 automatic feed pusher.

The Details 

What: Open House @ Spruce Lane Farms
When: Saturday, July 26, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: 804485 Grey Road 40, RR 1 • Holland Centre, N0H 1R0
For more information: Post Lely Center @ 519.846.1304 or email
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Hoefler Family Receives July Wergin Good Farm Neighbor Award

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Congratulations to Brian and Eileen Hoefler of Dubuque County, Iowa on being named the July winners of the “Gary Wergin Good  Farm Neighbor Award.”

The Wergin Good Farm Neighbor award recognizes Iowa livestock farmers who take pride in doing things right. This includes caring for the environment and their livestock and being good neighbors. It is named in memory of Gary Wergin, a long-time WHO Radio farm broadcaster who helped create the award.

“The Hoefler family does a tremendous job caring for their animals and protecting our environment while also serving their community,” said Iowa Secretary of Agriculture, Bill Northey.  “The Wergin Good Farm Neighbor Award is a great opportunity to bring attention to the many outstanding livestock farmers we have all across our state.”

Brian and Eileen farm along with their four children, Nick, Amanda, Abby and Jake.  They milk 180 Holstein cows, raise replacement heifers, finish out steers and have 600 acres of crop ground, including corn and hay.

The family takes great pride in the care they provide to their animals.  The dairy has 3 Lely robotic milkers that were installed in 2011. They have a free stall barn with waterbeds and an evaporative cooling system to enhance cow comfort.

They are also very active in their community and in promoting the dairy industry, including having their daughter Amanda currently serving as the Dubuque County Dairy Princess.

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Wordless Wednesday | Herd of Junos

We picked up this Wordless Wednesday on twitter from Justin Martens (@Avonbank_Ag). Avonbank Ag Solutions in Granton, Ontario have Juno feed pushers in stock and ready to go.

Herd of Junos

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Check out Lely’s Summer Celebration

Webinar InviteIf you’ve been thinking about getting into robotic milking or expanding your operation, now is a great time to check out the Lely Astronaut A4 robotic milking system!

We are currently running a “Summer Celebration” promotion. For every robot  you order between June 2, 2014 and August 31, 2014 and delivered in 2014, you will receive a FREE Gravitor Stainless Steel Weigh Floor.

Additionally, you can also select one of the following for each
robot ordered:

  • FREE M4Use wall mounted system – for easy and accurate milk separation
  • FREE I-Flow selection gate including Texas gate – for easy management of cow flow
  • FREE MQC-C2 – for accurate monitoring of milk quality (not available in the US)
  • FREE box of 10 Heatime H or HR IR tags – accurate monitoring of cow activity and health

Contact your local Lely Center with any questions!


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Open House | Spence Farms, Elmvale/Springwater, ON

LELYDLR-0051 - Post Lely Center Open House Ad – July 19_HiRCome see the Lely A4 Astronaut robotic milking system at work during the Post Lely Center’s open house at Spence Farms in Elmvale/Springwater, Ontario on July 19, 2014.

About the Farm

Roger and Janice Spence and family built a new free stall barn attached to their older tie-stall barn and installed a Lely A4 automatic milking machine in January 2014 with room for another robot in the future. With their A4 robot, the farm currently milks approximately 60 cows. Join us to learn more about how switching to robotics has helped their dairy operation!

What: Open House at Spence Farms
When: Saturday, July 19, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: 1679 Flos Rd 10 West, Elmvale/Springwater, ON
For more information: Post Lely Center @ 519.846.1304 or email
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Open House: Tibben Family Brinston, ON

Tibben open house

What: Triple Robot Dairy Barn Open House
When: Saturday, July 19, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: 11341 Henderson Road, Brinston ON


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Wordless Wednesday | Lake Geneva FMS Training

Following up on a post from a couple of weeks ago, we wanted share a group photo from FMS Advisor training in Lake Geneva, WI  on this Wordless Wednesday.

These participants certified themselves as Lely FMS L1 Advisors. Congratulations!

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