Lely has been commissioned as many as forty-four Lely Astronaut milking robots to be delivered to Osterland Agrar GmbH in Frohburg, in eastern Germany. After installing the milking robots from October until mid of 2015, this dairy farm will become the largest company in the world with robotic milking. Thanks to robotic milking the 2,500 dairy cows on the farm can be controlled and taken care of on an individual cow basis.
Due to the Lely Astronaut robotic milking system there are many factors in large herds that can also be controlled on an individual cow basis; factors that cannot be controlled in a conventionally milked herd. Solving problems with availability of labour and benefits from individual cow management are just two reasons why large dairy farms are becoming more and more aware that the Lely Astronaut robotic milking system ensures the best return on investment.
For Osterland Agrar this Lely Dairy XL concept and the good experiences they have with Lely robots were deciding factor to choose for Lely. The robots will be posted in six new barns.
Saxony region is robot central
Besides this large order in this region two other major projects have been realized in Saxony as well. One of 16 milking robots for 1000 cows and three Lely Juno feed pushers (so as to achieve a significantly more efficient use of the daily feed intake of cows). And another project with 21 Lely Astronaut A4 milking robots.
According to Gunnar Althoff, head of the Lely Center Saxony, this development is a confirmation of the Lely Dairy - XL - concept in the area of Lely Center Saxony: "Three of the four largest companies in the world with milking robots are located in this region. Through innovative, profitable robot technology and thanks to the practical and customizable large dairy concept, the Lely Astronaut A4 has now become a profitable alternative to automatic or conventional carousel milking at larger companies."