With many options available, choosing a liner can be a bit perplexing. It’s an important decision that can have a huge impact on udder health and efficiency.
On August 18, 1992, exactly 25 years ago, the first milk from the Lely Astronaut flowed into the milk tank, marking an important step in dairy automation for farms all over the world. This meant that an entire generation of dairy farmers would grow up with this form of robotic dairy milkers and all the benefits they brought. We would like to celebrate this milestone with you by offering a special anniversary promotion.
Dairy producers in Canada and the United States are seeing the value of the Lely Vector as they work to reduce feed costs and the time spent feeding cows. An automatic feeding system that ensures that there is always enough fresh feed delivered to the herd with no input from you? Sounds too good to be true, but with the Vector system, the feed-height sensor detects whether more feed needs to be added and provides feed only when strictly necessary. This reduces the amount of feed waste and increases the quantity of fresh feed.
“How would you explain the benefits of dairy automation to consumers?” If you know the answer to this, you may be interested in applying for the Future of Dairy Scholarship Program. We are proud to once again present the Future of Dairy Scholarship Program sponsored by Lely North America. In the program’s second year, five qualified students residing in the United States and/or Canada will be chosen to receive a one-year, $1,000 scholarship.
Lely North America with Lely Center Woodstock recently presented a red cow to the Wensink family and team members at Hoenhorst Farms, Ltd. after their transition from six Lely Astronaut A3 automatic milking systems to eight Lely Astronaut A4 robots. Lely recognizes Dairy XL operations that have eight Lely robots or more by presenting them with a “red” Lely cow to display on their farm. The cow signifies their entrance into the red cow community.
What do you remember from 1992? Here are some highlights:
- Microsoft released Windows 3.1
- SMS messaging was used for the first time, sending the first text message
- The first web browser, Mosaic, debuted to help us navigate the world wide web
*Published on July 31, 2017 in Progressive Dairyman. Jim Elliott is the Assistant Regional Manager for Lely.
On a family dairy farm in Harbor Beach Michigan, Darrin and Barbara Siemen raise their three children to understand the value of hard work. Elliott (14), Adrienne (12) and Riley (8) help their parents on the Prime Land Farm by feeding chickens
Dairy producers often seek guidance on obtaining financing for automation. We asked one of our industry partners to help answer many questions we receive.
Remember Willie Nelson’s hit song On the Road Again? That’s the marketing team’s theme lately visiting three farms in Indiana, Minnesota and Ontario in June. Strangely, or perhaps appropriately, I heard On the Road Again at least 10 times (no exaggeration) during the two hour trek from Toronto to visit Todd Holm and family in Elmwood, Ontario, a hamlet of 50 people. Todd, a fifth generation dairy farmer, operates Holmdale Farms, what I call a red barn, with three Astronaut A4 automated milking systems, a Discovery barn cleaner, two Calm calf feeders, a Vector automated feeding system and three Walkway foot baths.