Live robotic milking to take centre stage at the 2015 Balmoral show
In what is sure to be a huge attraction at this year’s Balmoral Show Lely in association with Drayne’s farm will host a live robotic milking exhibition from 13th-15th May. A herd of 40 cows will make the short journey from Drayne’s farm in Lisburn to a purpose built dairy unit at Balmoral Park where
they will be milked at their leisure during the Show as they are on the home farm.
Speaking at the show launch Michael Drayne from Drayne’s Farm said “We are very proud to
be associated with the Lely live robotic milking demonstration and to support our local Show. We have been milking cows here in Lisburn for over 80 years where we have a long association with the local people. We are delighted they will have the opportunity of seeing our cows in action in a real life
environment where they will experience first-hand how efficient the system is
and how well the cows are cared for. They are more relaxed and have the freedom of choice to be milked at any time of the day or night.” “The Lely robotic milking system and its excellent management tools have really freed up invaluable time on our farm to look after the welfare of our cows and for me welfare is everything.” explains Michael.
Lely’s Tomás Cooney commented “We were pleased when the opportunity arose to organise
this exhibition at the 2015 Balmoral Show. It has been in the planning stage for the last 8 months and the Lely team has been busy over the past few weeks getting the site ready. With quotas gone and farmers now having more opportunities to expand, efficiencies in working practices and farm management become even more critical. The live milking demo will provide farmers with the
perfect opportunity of experiencing at first-hand the efficiencies, labour savings and opportunities Lely offer through automation with the Astronaut robotic milking system.”
Lely Center Eglish who is responsible for all Lely robotic milking projects in the area has a huge wealth of knowledge and experience. As well as 24/7 back up they provide advice in all areas from barn design, layout, and installation along with startup etc. They will be more than willing to share their knowledge and advice with all farmers at the show. Center manager Jim Irwin added “the
system fits neatly into most existing sheds with minimal building work required and it will be the perfect opportunity for farmers to see how easy the installation of a Lely Astronaut A4 robotic milking system really is.”
Lely introduced their first robotic milking machine in 1992 and today has over 21,000
working worldwide milking over a 1.2 million cows daily. With the long and demanding hours that milking takes the Lely Astronaut A4 robotic milking system frees up invaluable time for dairy farmers and their families allowing them to concentrate on other farm duties. The system is so flexible that many customers can simply check their smart phone when at the show and know exactly what is happening at home
For more information about Balmoral Show visit www.balmoralshow.co.uk
Note to the editor: Picture From left to right: David Laidlaw - RUAS, Jim Irwin -
Lely Center Eglish, Michael Drayne - Draynes Farm, Tomás Cooney - Lely.
About the Lely Group
Lely, founded in 1948, directs all its efforts towards creating a sustainable, profitable and enjoyable future in farming for its customers. Lely is the only company worldwide to supply the
agricultural sector with a complete portfolio of products and services ranging from forage harvesting to automated feeding systems, barn cleaners and milking robots. Lely is also working on business concepts to ensure energy-neutral operations in the dairy sector. Since many years Lely is the undisputed market leader in the sales and service of automated milking systems. The company has a strong position in forage harvesting products and with over 60 years unrivalled acquired knowledge in the agricultural cycle Lely has an unrivaled position in agriculture. The Lely Group is active in more than 60 countries and employs some 1,600 people. The annual turnover is around 500 million euro.
More information: www.lely.com.
For further information, please contact Tomás Cooney, Sales support & Marketing Manager Lely UK, &
Ireland email@example.com, + 353 45526170 or Kathryn Williamson, Marketing and Communication Executive, RUAS Kathryn@kingshall.co.uk, 07825146840.