Monday 23 April 2012

Farm Walk

Last Thursday a large crowd of members from Launceston YFC visited an innovative dairy farm at Lanivet to see a Lely Robotic Milking System.  Dairy farmer Mr Harvey gave the club an in depth talk about the two Astronaut A3 units which he uses, demonstrating to the club the meticulous attention that is given to maximise the yield of his high quality herd.  

The extensive electronic system which is used produces information on every cow. Since installing the system five years ago, Mr Harvey is able to identify the needs of individual cows, such as specific dietary requirements, as well as looking at the whole herd. He has discovered that the least popular time for his cows to be milked is at 4am!

The evening provided a great insight into a robotic style milking system. We would like to thank Mr Harvey for kindly inviting us to visit his farm. 

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