Wordless Wednesday – April 16

On this Wordless Wednesday, we are posting a few photos that Robyn Walsh (@WalshRobyn) shared on Twitter yesterday. Robyn works with Post Lely Center in Alma, ON. She is assisting John and Debra Boot, owners and operators of Scaldia Farms, with the start up of their new Lely Astronaut A4 robotic milking machine.

Wordless Wednesday - April 16

Have a photo you would like to submit a photo for Wordless Wednesday? Email it to lelydairylife@gmail.com and you will see your photo on LelyLife.com.

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The Bullvine Reviews Lely’s Data

The-Future-of-Dairy-Cattle-Breeding-Is-In-the-DataRecently the online community, The Bullvine, reviewed the value of crunching cow numbers in an article titled, The Future of Dairy Cattle Breeding Is In the Data.


This extensive article outlines eight numbers for better cow management decisions as well as numbers to breed better cows. At Lely, we are very interested in data, maintaining that informed producers are successful producers. Our Lely Astronaut A4 is capable of capturing more than 120 different values, per cow, per day – and the Lely T4C (time for cows) management system is there to make sense of all of that information!

Below is the conclusion of the recent article. We encourage you to check out the full article by clicking here!

The Bullvine Bottom Line
The definitive statement, when it comes to information and data on dairy farms, is that we have currently only scratched the surface. Definitely much more data from automated on-farm systems will soon be available for breeders to use to operate their dairy enterprises and to select their sires. Decisions made by dealing with the exceptions or past performance are old concepts. What is needed is more condensed and focused information and data to manage with on a real time basis. More data from automated data capture systems can and will make this a better industry. Let’s welcome in the future.


Lely is dedicated to staying at the forefront of dairy innovation and we are just as excited about what is to come!

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March #LelyLife Photo Contest Winners

We asked you to send us heartwarming and fun photos of  your family and your operation for the #LelyLife Photo Contest. We received a lot of great photos in March and are please to announce the winners for the month.

And the March 2014 winners are:

Lanna Mason_FacebookMason Farms Ltd., Oak Point, Manitoba, Canada.

“This was one of our Christmas pictures we had taken in our new barn this past Christmas!” - Lanna Mason




Ferme Courlin Inc._GmailFerme Courlin Inc., St-Ephrem de Beauce, Quebec, Canada.

“Our pretty little heifers in our nursery. We have a Lely Calm with two feeding stations. We just love our Lely Calm. And so do our little heifers!”    Luce Morin


The #LelyLife contest will run through August 2014. Submissions are currently being accepted via Facebook, Twitter and through email to lelydairylife@gmail.com.

Winners will receive a free Lely stocking cap and be published in the 2015 Lely North America calendar.

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Wordless Wednesday – April 9

On this Wordless Wednesday, we’re sharing a few photos from our recent VTM (visit the manufacturer) tour.  Early this month, Lely North America hosted several dairy farmers on a multi-day tour throughout the Midwest. Attendees met with producers that are already using Lely robotic milking systems on their operations. It was an honor to have so many wonderful people spend the week with us!

VTMWordlessWednesdayIf you would like to learn more about robotic milking contact your local Lely dealer to take part in local learning opportunities such as town hall meetings, open houses and online webinars!

Have a photo you would like to submit a photo for Wordless Wednesday? Email it to lelydairylife@gmail.com and you will see your photo on LelyLife.com.

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Open House | April 14 @ Missy Holsteins in Moose Creek, Ontario

Alain and Sylvia Jacquemet will host an open house event Saturday, April 12, 2014 to showcase Missy Holsteins’ retrofitted dairy barn. You will be able to see two Lely A4 Astronaut robotic milking system with activity/rumination collars, the Juno 100 automatic feed pusher and two Luna cow brushes in action. The facility has been retrofitted to free stall design with a separation area and has graviton weight floors, plus SCC modules.

Event Information

What: Missy Holsteins
When: Saturday, April 12, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: 17591 Sandringham Rd., Moose Creek, Ontario
For more information: Contact Dundas Agri Systems @ 613-652-4844


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NICC Ribbon Cutting | New Lely Robot Facility

Over 700 people attended the Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) Open Barn on March 27, and Lely advisors were on standby to answer their questions. The event was held in celebration of the college’s new robotic milking center located on the NICC campus in Calmar, IA.

NICC - Open Barn EventA ribbon-cutting ceremony was held during the event to mark the official opening of the new facility, which is outfitted with two Lely Astronaut A4 robots, one Juno automatic feed pusher, one Discovery mobile barn cleaner and several Luna cow brushes. Additionally, a set of Lely books, 20 Years of Robotic Milking, were donated to the program for student use.

The new robotic milkers were installed by Lely Center, Fitzgerald Inc., located in Elkader, IA. Lely is honored to contribute to the education of the next generation of dairy producers and educators. The NICC facility will be used to teach students, consumers, youth and local dairy producers about advancements in dairy science.

Check out the slideshow to get a glimpse of the new facility and see highlights from the event.

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Wordless Wednesday – April 2


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In late March, Wichman Farms hosted the Land O’Lakes, Inc. Leader Development Committee and their families for their weekend retreat. Every year the committee, primarily made of young producers, takes on an educational opportunity to help them with their own dairies. Lely FMS put on a brief program at the farm with a live T4C of the farm’s data. Following, the group toured the IMG_0923farm and watched robots. Farm sizes ranged from 90-700 cows.
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Lely Launches Monthly Newsletter

The dairy industry is a tireless one and Lely understands the value of your time. That is why we have put together a monthly newsletter, highlighting content from Lelylife.com, which will include:

LelyLife Newsletter

  • Lely news
  • Information about farms currently using Lely
  • Upcoming events, open houses and trade shows
  • Testimonials
  • Farming tips and tricks
  •  And more!


To receive this newsletter, visit http://www.lelylife.com/ and enter your information on the right side of the Home page.

Lely is pleased to offer a new option for receiving content from Lelylife.com, making it easier for you to stay connected! For questions, or to receive more information, please email lelydairylife@gmail.com.

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Lely Open Barn Event | April 4

Lely Center Woodstock invites you to learn more about the Lely Astronaut robotic milking system. Come see the Lely A4 robotic milking machine, as well as the Lely Juno automatic feed pusher, Lely Discovery mobile barn cleaner and the Lely Luna cow brush in action!

Friday, April 4, 2014 • 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
All area farms will be available for touring at the date and time listed above:

Lely CowTerra Nova Farms
Four A4 Robots
676212 16th Line, Bright,
ON, N0J 1B0

Greenmoor Farms
Two A4 Robots
804113 80 Rd, Embro,
ON, N0J 1J0

Kelderview Holsteins
Three A4 Robots
383226 Salford Rd, Salford,
ON, N0J 1W0

Bakkerlane Farms
Two A4 Robots
846797 Concession 9, Drumbo,
ON, N0J 1G0

Rosedale Farms
One A4 Robot
42900 Ferguson Line, St. Thomas,
ON, N6P 3T1

For more information, contact:
Frans Vandenberg
Lely Center Woodstock

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Wordless Wednesday – March 26

On this Wordless Wednesday we share some pie fun! The Professional Dairy Producer’s Foundation raised $22,525.00 earlier this month with an epic pie eating contest. Former White House Chef, Walter Scheib (pictured third from the left), participated. How fun!

PieHave a photo you would like to submit a photo for Wordless Wednesday? Email it to lelydairylife@gmail.com and you will see your photo on LelyLife.com.

If you’re not familiar with this blogosphere phenomenon, About.com, describes Wordless Wednesday as, “a simple blog post featuring a photo which conveys a message that speaks for itself without using words.”

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