Every year, the National Dairy Shrine (NDS) honors the individuals that have helped to pioneer the industry. Charles “Pete” Knigge of Omro, Wisconsin is among this year’s winners. Knigge Farms was the first robotic milking farm in the United States. The facility was an early adaptor of freestall housing and TRM feeding. Knigge has also served a leadership role in numerous state and local dairy and civic organizations.
We have a photo of the first Lely Vector automatic feeding system installed in the United States on this Wordless Wednesday. The photo was taken from a facility in Peach Bottom, Pennsylvania. Do you want one?
We want to thank everyone that sent in entries for the #LelyLife Photo Contest. We are happy to announce April's winners.
The Lely Astronaut A4 robotic milking machine is produced at Lely’s North America headquarters in Pella, Iowa. For this week’s Wordless Wednesday, we captured a robot getting the finishing touches before it is shipped to another happy dairy farmer!
This week’s Wordless Wednesday comes from the Quad Cities. KWQC-TV6 has a weekly segment called “Tough Jobs” where reporter, Morgan Ottier, spends the day doing a job submitted by the station's viewers. This week, Morgan spent the day at Cinnamon Ridge Farms in Donahue, Iowa.
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In the preparation phase for robotic milking it is recommended to visit several farms of the same size and with the same type of barn, in order to get a good picture of the way robotic milking works and what it involves in terms of farm management. The experience of fellow dairy farmers is an important help in introducing the milking robot successfully into the farming process.
Steve Klaphake of Freeport, Minnesota farms with his two sons on their 120-cow “totally robotic” operation. A Lely Calm automatic calf feeder was a natural fit after they installed two robotic milking units and a Juno automatic feed pusher.
Today’s Wordless Wednesday comes from the Farm Management Support (FMS) training that happened in Blumenort, Manitoba early this month.
As many of you know Lely’s North American headquarters is in Pella, Iowa, a wonderful community with a rich Dutch heritage. Every year, the community gathers to celebrate that heritage with its annual Pella Tulip Time Festival. The 79th annual event is being held now (May 1-3).