Lely North America is excited to introduce one of the three judges of The Way To Dairy Award, Dr. Jodi Wallace.
Western Ontario Rally in Drumbo, Ontario. Photo by Laura DeKlein, Youth Delegate to Jersey Ontario Board of Directors.
The final two of four finalists named for The Way to Dairy Award are Dustin Takes of Takes Dairy Farm in Iowa and Charles Carter of Carterly Farm, Inc. in Indiana. Lely North America presented these two finalists at World Dairy Expo in Madison Wisconsin. The other two finalists were announced at the Canadian Outdoor Farm Show in September.
Shane Hansen of Hansen Industries and Albert Alvarez of Alvarez Electrical & Dairy Service, Inc. in Visalia, California, had a vision of providing products and services to enable dairy producers build a sustainable future. Hansen has been active in the dairy industry since 2004 and Alvarez since 2006, providing the two owners with in-depth knowledge about the industry in their region as well as producers themselves.
For the third year, Lely North America is proud to present the Future of Dairy Scholarship Program. Beginning in 2016, five (5) qualified students residing in either Canada or the U.S. are chosen annually to receive a one-year, $1,000 scholarship.
When it comes to milking a cow, the term 'complete' rarely enters the discussion. From an efficiency standpoint, speed is often much higher on the list of importance and complete is commonly seen as the opposite of speed.
It took blood, sweat and tears, but you’ve made it through startup week and you’re ready to live your life in the lap of luxury. Well, not quite. Even though there is more flexibility with robotic milking, it’s still important to have a good daily routine.
Your milking robots have been installed and startup week has arrived. Congratulations! Now the work can begin. The process will be happening 24 hours a day for the first few days so you will need extra people and some temporary gates. Your local Lely advisor will be available to help you make a proper plan. Our Farm Management Support (FMS) team has found that normally it takes one person in the robot room to manually wash and scan the cows for the first milking and one or two people in the barn to bring the cows to the robot.
Successful robotic milking doesn’t have to be complicated. In fact, it can easily be achieved with proper preparation and management strategies. If you’re considering buying a milking robot or already have, you may not be sure what all the startup will entail. Luckily, our Farm Management Support (FMS) team of local and certified advisers has the process down to a science.