Post Lely Center of Ontario is hosting the 2015 Eastern Ontario Bus Tour today through Thursday. This event is an opportunity for producers to meet and talk with dairy farmers who currently work with robotic milking systems. The tour includes 8-10 robotic facilities in Eastern Ontario and Quebec. The group will be visiting a variety of freestall and tie-stall retrofits, small and large operations and new dairy facilities.
Their first stop today was to Sunnybrooke Farms owned by the Watson Family located near Campbellford. In December 2013, the Watsons moved into their new robotic facility. The barn features one Lely A4 robot, with room for expansion. The 40 milking cows currently average between 46–50 kg/cow/day. The tour also stopped at the Schouten Farm near Richmond in eastern Ontario which uses nine robots to do the routine work of milking nearly 380 Holsteins. Their daily quota is 490 kg. Look for photos and comments from the bus tour this week. Follow Lely North America on Facebook and on Twitter at @DairyRobot #LelyBusTour2015.