How good can milking robots be? Just ask Pete Postma and Sons Dairies, LP, based in Modesta, California. Currently milking 1,900 Holstein and Jersey purebred cows, the Postmas decided to build a new barn and transition to Lely robots in two phases.
Thomson Services, owned by Colin and April Thomson, is one of the newest Lely Centers in the US. Based in Dublin, TX, Thomson Services has built a business based on providing quality products, outstanding service and exceptional customer service.
Are you the "feed pusher" at your dairy? Do you have to sit in a skid steer loader twice a day to complete the job? Or is it an after-school chore for your kids, involving a broom or shovel? Are their schedules, such as basketball, wrestling, choir practice or social activitities distracting them from consistently pushing feed up to the cows? What are your cows eating at 2 a.m.?
Technology is all around us, including in dairy barns. With all the advancements in technology, it is increasingly common to find at least one piece of robotic dairy equipment in dairies all over the world.
Lely North America is excited to introduce Nebraska Dairy Systems to our Lely Center dealer network! Nebraska Dairy Systems is a full-service dairy supply company servicing producers in Nebraska, Kansas, South Dakota and Iowa from two strategically located offices in Norfolk, NE and Ravenna, NE. Owned by Rick Meysenburg, Nebraska Dairy Systems started their “Lely Life” in November 2015 as a satellite Lely Center in cooperation with Gorters Clay and Dairy based in Pipestone, Minnesota.
Winter can be challenging for any livestock operation and without proper attention, it can lead to problems. Dairies with robotic milking systems are no exception.
Two new faces can be found around Lely North America these days. Brice Loonan and Josh Padellford have joined the Technical Service and Support (TSS) team. Both serve as the first line of defense for installation, troubleshooting, repairs and maintenance for Lely products. Loonan focuses on supporting milking and cooling products while Padellford concentrates on feeding and barn products.
When dairy producers consider adding milking robots to their operation, they often have many questions concerning barn design. So what is the ideal design for a robotic barn?
Linda Hanson and son Mathew took to the stage at World Dairy Expo in October 2017 to share a Virtual Farm Tour and to detail their experiences from when they first began to consider an automated feeding system for their dairy operation to where they are at today, about one year after start-up.
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.