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.
Ashley Messing-Kennedy is a mother, wife, millennial, dairy farmer, blogger, agricultural advocate and owner of several Lely robots. Kennedy, along with her husband and daughter, are the third generation on their family’s dairy farm near Bad Axe, Michigan.
Lely T4C (Time-For-Cows) management system already kept you up-to-date with everything going on in your barn and acts as a library, operating system, herdsman, personal assistant and trainer. Now, having full, remote control over your farm with Lely T4C just got even easier thanks to the addition of Advanced Filters. Several default filter groups, which can be edited, have been created, with users also having the option to create new filter groups.
Demerath Farms near Plainview is making history by becoming the first robotic dairy operation in Nebraska. In February, the Demeraths began milking using Lely Astronaut A4 robotic milking systems in its expanding dairy operation.
You could say that Fatso the cow saved the family dairy farm at Circle T Dairy, our second stop on our farm tour. Located in Cache Valley in Trenton, Utah, minutes from Logan, three generations — patriarch Glade Griffin, his son Tom, son-in-law Darrell Eagn and grandson Trevor Eagn — are involved in the family business.
Lely is dedicated to providing dairy producers with tools to better manage their herds, including solutions to increase herd health and improve milk quality. The Lely Astronaut A4 robotic milking system allows dairy farmers to milk their herd automatically, giving them the freedom to spend quality time with their family or focus on other aspects of their operation.
Every June, we celebrate National Dairy Month to highlight the importance dairy plays in our everyday lives. Originally beginning in 1937 as National Milk Month, and changing to National Dairy Month in 1939, this campaign was initially begun as a way to promote drinking milk while production was at a surplus. Over the span of the next 80 years, it evolved into honoring the dairy industry as a whole. Today, entire communities, both rural and urban, embrace it as a way to celebrate the contributions the dairy industry makes to the world. Here at Lely, we want to do our part in showing the world the way to dairy, and here are just a few ways you can get involved all month long:
As the Spring Showcase came to a close, Lely North America took to Facebook Live on Monday, May 15, to answer questions about labor and to reveal the winners of three Lely Luna cow brushes and one Lely Juno automatic feed pusher. Jim Hoffman of Lebanon, PA, was the grand prize winner of a brand-new Juno. Winners of a Luna included Adam Petherick of Campbellford, ON; Curtis Gomes of Tillamook, OR; and Amanda Carey of Morley, MI.