When deciding if milking robots are the right fit for you and your operation, it is important to have all of the facts. Lely is dedicated to providing the dairy industry with relevant and useful information, ensuring that all producers are informed producers. Today we share a few common robotic milking myths.
1) Robotic milking boils down to an automatic parlor
Successful robotic milking is not a matter of simply automating the parlor. It is a new style of farm management providing real-time insight allowing you to make data-driven decisions for your operation. Thanks to the Lely Astronaut robotic milking system, there are many factors in big herds that can be controlled on an individual cow basis; factors that cannot be controlled in a conventionally milked herd. Increasing labor costs and benefits from dairy herd management are just two of the many reasons why large dairy farms are becoming more and more aware that the Lely Astronaut automated milking system ensures the best return on investment. With 25 years of practical experience in dairy automation, Lely has witnessed excellent results on dairy farms of all sizes.
2) A box system is not suitable for large farms
Considering continuously increasing labor cost and the benefits from improved cow health due to more data and less stress in the herd, more and more large dairy farms are realizing that our Astronaut robotic milking system ensures the best return on investment. We boast many years of practical experience as well as research results on large farms. We recognize that managing a farm with more than eight milking robots does require a different management approach and a dedicated in-house “large farm team” is ready to support those farms.
3) A robot is only affordable for the happy few
The benefits of the Lely system are clear. Transitioning to automated milking is an investment. That’s why we’ve made it our mission to provide an affordable concept.
What else have we learned after 25 years in the business?