Lely Astronaut Robotic Milking System

With global demand for food on the increase all over the world, due to population growth and urbanisation, new technologies that can improve yields from existing food resources are very welcome.

Lely Astronaut robot

Lely Astronaut robot

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Lely’s full service robot

The Lely Astronaut robotic milking system, developed by Dutch firm Lely, near Rotterdam, is a flexible and fully trained robot that can milk cows from preparation, to post-treatment in an animal-friendly way.

Currently, dairy cows in most commercial herds are all treated in the same way, whilst they generally have individual needs that, when catered to, can significantly improve milk quality and production. Essentially, the Lely Astronaut robotic milking system is a robot employee that can milk cows 24/7 for years to come.

Cow friendly

The robot is flexible, and trained to prepare the cow for milking, to attach the teat cups, to reattach in the event that this is required, to detach after milking and to carry out post‑treatment. On conventional dairy farms, production increases of up to 10-15 per cent have been achieved when using the Lely Astronaut milking robot. The system also allows many factors to be monitored on an individual cow basis. This enables the farmer to treat the cow individually again, which can improve the animal’s health, result in short calving intervals and reduce feed costs. Successful robotic milking is a new style of farm management whereby the decisions are transferred from the farmer to the robot.

Sustainable Urban Delta

The inherent complexities and pressures associated with densely populated urban areas are second nature to the Dutch. Over many centuries, authorities, industries, knowledge institutes, and citizens have striven to develop integrated approaches and a holistic vision to enable sustainable development of the urban environment – the Sustainable Urban Delta.