Lely Installs ‘Commodity Feeder’ on Every New Lely Astronaut A5

Lely North America

Lely North America has standardized the installation of the ‘commodity feeder’ on the Lely Astronaut A5 robotic milking system, which makes it possible to feed non-pelleted feed. Two years ago, the commodity feeder was introduced as an option and it is currently used by hundreds of robotic milkers worldwide.

The milking robot is the ideal place to supplement the PMR (partial mixed ration) at the feeding fence with individual portions per cow. The taste of this concentrate is an extra incentive for many cows to visit the milking robot. Lely now offers the commodity feeder as the standard solution in order to save feed costs.

Optimal rations at a lower cost

By using loose raw materials (such as barley, oats, corn or a combination) instead of the relatively expensive compound feed, it is possible to feed more economically. This solution can result in considerable savings, especially for self-sufficient dairy farms. In addition, the farm is less dependent on feed processors and price fluctuations.

The operation of the system depends on the dry matter percentage, the particle size and the stickiness of the feed type. The commodity feeder is also available as an upgrade kit and can easily be mounted on already installed Lely Astronaut A5 and A4 models (in operation from July 2013). The upgrade kit is now available from the local Lely Centers.

Lely North America, based in Pella, Iowa, is part of the Lely Group, founded in 1948. Lely directs all effort toward creating a sustainable, profitable and enjoyable future in farming for its customers. Using the cow as a center point, the company develops premium robotics and data systems that increase animal welfare, flexibility and production on dairy farms.

For more than 25 years, Lely has been the leader in the sale and service of automated milking systems to successive generations of dairy farmers across the globe. Every day, Lely inspires its employees to offer customers innovative solutions and be reliable partners for long-term advice and support. With its head office in The Netherlands and a worldwide network of dedicated Lely Center locations for tailor-made sales and support, the Lely Group is active in more than 40 countries and employs over 1,500 people. www.lely.com

For more information, please contact Xavier Drake, Corporate Communications at Lely North America: xdrake@lely.com, 515-290-8277.


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