In what is sure to once again 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 11th-13th May.40 cows will make the short journey from 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 Draynes Farm said “We were delighted with the reception from the local public at the 2015 show and we had no hesitation in teaming up with the event organiser’s and Lely once again. We are excited that the public will have the opportunity of seeing our cows in action once more in a real live environment where they will experience first-hand how efficient the system is and how well the cows are cared for. 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.
We’ve been milking cows here in Lisburn for over 80 years, our family business has grown over those years and we now supply milk and cream products to customers across three counties of Northern Ireland. We recently started to make ice-cream with our milk and cream and we are pleased to announce that we will be showcasing the ice cream on the Lely stand at the show this year. So not only will the public see our cows producing wholesome fresh milk they will also have the opportunity of buying some delicious ice-cream” concluded Michael.
Lely’s Tomás Cooney commented “cows are milked more often than in a traditional system and the Lely Astronaut recognizes each cow individually. Every event from birth until the day she leaves the farm is stored on the T4C (time for cows) management program which is then very clearly presented in a dashboard format. It enables the farmer to supply an individual cow with all her needs for optimal health, milk production and well being.
Jim Irwin from Lely Center Eglish who as well as 24/7 back up, provide advice in all areas from barn design, layout, and installation along with startup noted that we will have live interviews with some of our customers on the stand each day at 11, 2, and 4pm. “Who better is there to share their knowledge than those farmers who are using the system on a daily basis” Different topics from grazing, to labour saving and comparing conventional to robotic milking will be discussed and the public will also see how easy it is to manage your herd from the palm of your hand from anywhere in the world with Lely Inherd he concluded.
Lely introduced their first robotic milking machine in 1992 and today has over 24,000 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
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Picture From left to right: Ross Fanaghan and John Drayne - Draynes Farm and Jim Irwin - Lely Center Eglish, putting the final touches to the Lely stand at the Balmoral show.
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 unrivalled 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.
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