Lely Farm Management Support (FMS) Level 1 training took place this week in Columbus, WI. #livelifelely


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Lely Dairy Producers to be Panelists at New York Farm Show’s Dairy Robot Roundtable This Week

Any dairy farm considering robotic milking needs to answer a host of questions about transitioning to the technology during the New York Farm Show this week, Feb. 26-28. 2015, at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse.

The 1½-hour roundtables kick off in the Arts and Home Center’s upper-level Bistro Room at 9:30 each morning. Lely company representatives and other company representatives, will introduce milk producers using robotic milking systems.The panel of three or four producers will cover what made them switch, how they transitioned, what they did right and wrong, plus suggestions for those considering robotics.

Lely panelists include:

(Thursday) John Wolf of Maple Lawn Farms, Lyons, N.Y., milking 375 cows with seven robots

(Friday) Nathan Belsy of Blesy Farm at Springville, N.Y., milking 260 cows with five robots

(Saturday) Glenn and Sheryl Taylor of Tayl-Wind Farm, Cassville, N.Y., milking 200 cows with robots and using a Juno feed pusher

The Lely panelists will be joined with other dairy producers as well. Farm Credit East is sponsoring daily Robot Roundtable discussions at New York Farm Show so that those who are interested in dairy robots get their questions answered. Read more details here.

Watch a video on Glenn and Sheryl Taylor of Tayl-Wind Farms.

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Successfully Converting Tiestall Herds to Robotic Milking

Paul Berdell, a consultant helping dairy producers transition to robotic milking, has more than a decade of experience with robots. He recently wrote an article in Progressive Dairyman about converting tiestall herd to robotic milking. Read an excerpt below or the entire article here.

A robotic transition often pushes the cow and dairy producer to the edge until after a while they both are used to the new style of milking and management. The ultimate question as a producer with tiestalls is: Do you really want to add all of the new facility stresses on the cow at the same time you’re adding new milking stresses? Your answer should be no.

The best way to ensure that you are not adding undue stress to your cows during startup is to plan ahead. Make your timeline work so you can train your cows to the facility first, before the startup of the robot.

Often in tiestall transitions, producers think that this is impossible to do, but I believe in many cases by planning months in advance, it can work. And I encourage tiestall producers to make every effort to do it because one of the biggest milk losses in tiestall transitions comes from cows not adapting to the freestall barn.

If you’re thinking about building now, then you should have your calendar out to plan the timeline, too. Instead of looking at the barn construction and robot delivery timeline, look at the best cow timeline.

When can the barn get done? How long can I wait before I absolutely must start the robot? Can I figure out a way to delay the robot and milk in the new barn or in a mix of both new and old facilities? What do I need to have? Who do I need to help out?

Read more.


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#WordlessWednesday – A4 Arrival

A new Lely A4 robot arrives on a farm in Earlton, Ontario today.


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Technology Tuesday – Ten benefits of the Lely Astronaut robot arm

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1. Cow‑friendly design.

2. Teat cups safely parked in the arm.

3. More effective cleaning and stimulating.

4. Fastest teat detection.

5. Tailor‑made milking through dynamic pulsation.

6. Relaxed milking due to fewer arm movements.

7. Accurate milk quality measurements close to the action.

8. Never a cup on the floor.

9. Energy savings through fewer movements.

10. Robust construction and durable materials.


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Visit Post Lely Center at the 32nd Annual South Western Ontario Dairy Symposium

Visit Post Lely Center this week at the 32nd Annual South Western OntarioDairy Symposium.

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9 a.m. 4 p.m.

Woodstock Fairgrounds
875 Nellis Street
Woodstock, Ontario

This is an interactive event, where everyone is part of the program. Check out the symposium web site for more details and to submit your discussion items.

View the program today!

The South Western Ontario Dairy Symposium is planned and sponsored by Dairy Farmers of Ontario, through its Dairy Producer Committees in Essex-Kent, Lambton, Middlesex, Elgin, Huron, Perth, Oxford, Waterloo, Wellington, Brant, Norfolk, Wentworth, Haldimand and Niagara, in cooperation with the Ontario Ministry of Agricuture and Food.

For more information about Post Lely Center, contact, Robyn Walsh, ph. 226-971-2640 or email at robyn@postfarm.ca or visit their Post Lely Center web site.


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Did Juno? You can win! Enter today! www.lelylife.com/didjuno


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Visit Lely at World Ag Expo Today or Tomorrow!

See us at World Ag Expo in the Dairy Center today or tomorrow. Ask us how to win a FREE Juno automated feed pusher!  www.lelylife.com/didjuno/


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Lely to Attend World Ag Expo Next Week


Lely North America will be at the World Ag Expo in Tulare, California next week at the Dairy Center, space 6505-6506.

The Expo is the largest annual agricultural show of its kind with 1,400 exhibitors displaying cutting-edge agricultural technology and equipment on 2.6 million square feet of show grounds. An estimated 100,000 people from 50 countries attend World Ag Expo each year.

Lely is excited to take part in the show. See the complete Lely product line, as well as speak with our Lely experts who will be at the show. Lely is a recognized world leader in robotic milking systems as well as state-of-the-art feeding systems. We strive for the improvement in the financial and social well-being of our customers. Come learn more about Lely.

The World Ag Expo is located at the International Agri-Center, 4500 South Laspina St. Tulare, CA.  The show runs Feb. 10-12, 2015.  For more information, visit www.worldagexpo.com.

Come see us!

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#Wordless Wednesday

Lely customers in Canada recently gathered for a Ski Doo outing. #LiveLifeLely




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