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.
“Our focus has been on developing a first class facility, with professional staff delivering results to our customer,” said Colin in a recent interview. “Lely fits our profile and we are excited to be aligned with the Lely team.”
Colin met his wife April, a native Texan, while she was attending graduate school in Scotland. After marriage they lived in Glasgow, Scotland until emigrating to Texas 12 years ago. They settled on April’s grandparent’s ranch and Colin worked for a dairy service company similar to the one that he had worked for in Scotland since he was sixteen. After April’s father was diagnosed with terminal cancer, the couple decided that it was time for Colin to follow his dreams and start his own dairy service and supply company, something that he had told his wife on their very first date that he wanted to do. In the last five years the business has boomed, and Colin prides himself on offering his clients new and innovative products.
The technology is what attracted Colin to Lely. “Automated calf feeding, feed delivery and pushing, milking…Lely has the technology to address the labor issues on today’s dairies,” says Collin. “Twelve years ago labor wasn’t a big issue on dairy farms in our area; today it is the biggest issue.”
As Colin continued his research into Lely, he became even more excited when he learned how much data is collected and the huge benefits this data provides for cows and dairymen alike. “This technology allows us to manage individual cows, not pens of cows, and that results in better care for the cow and greater savings for the dairyman.”
Colin and April have two children, Oliver, 7, and Daisy, 6. Will the next generation be interested on taking over the business? According to the Thomson’s, it’s too early to tell. “Adding the Lely technology certainly makes it more interesting,” says Collin.