Farmers tend to have enough work on their plates throughout the course of a day’s work.
As you can imagine by the time evening comes along they barely have any remaining energy to feed the animals, but it has to be done.
Now there is a new craze sweeping the farming world, automatic feeding systems.
Last week we had automated weeding robots, now we look at robots taking over feeding duties from farmers.
They’re taking over the industry slowly but surely, and I must say this one is impressive.
The Lely Vector is designed specifically to save farmers extra labour and increase their working hours. The Lely Vector makes the claim to save farmers up to 8 hours work per week, which if it is true is truly remarkable.
The Lely Vector offers farmers a chance to implement any feeding strategy they desire, whether that’s 7 times a day or varying rations per cow groups.
This system has been proven to help increase a cow’s health and production, especially in the dairy sector. Feeding with the Vector means more insight into the return on your feed strategy.
The feed kitchen of the Lely Vector system comprises an open space that can store any type of feed. Each feed type can be contained inside its own location within the kitchen.
Separation of feed types is also an option and one can easily change the feed time distributed.
This offers extensive flexibility and allows easy adjustment of the mixed ration or changes to concentrates.
The system offers a more-precise feeding, with a wide range of feed types able to be loaded into the system using feed grabber filling.
With the last grab per feed type, the system can estimate weights and automatically correct the feed grabber, which then means cows are fed their specific nutritional requirements no more no less.
The system is very easily run and managed, and herds or groups of cattle can be updated (added or removed) with ease, along with a cow’s ration requirements etc.
This system is best suited with a combination of grazing and this automatic feeding. It enables cows, during bad weather on pastures, to return inside and feed themselves without the farmer making another trip.
The system can stock up to three days-worth of food meaning work can be planned in advance, and this also means farmers are not as restricted with their time.
This offers farmers a chance to regain independence and reclaim their social life’s back, as this system could feed all the animals for a whole weekend.
This system enables farmers to input exactly how much to feed the animals, when to feed them, and how much each individual animal should get.
Not only can this feed your animals for you but it can also navigate itself between various sheds on your farmland. It does this with using its inductive sensors.
The feed grabber of the system can handle blocks, round and square bales, and even grabs with great accuracy from out of a box.
It can also decipher when feed levels are becoming too low and when more is going to be needed.
Good news for Irish farmers, it is also weather-proof. Meaning there’s no need to worry about rainy days and cancel plans for a day away.
One robot can feed up to 300 animals which is a hell of a lot.
There are numerous advantages to this system. It offers greater flexibility to farmers, cuts costs of feed, gives farmers a better insight into their returns, and increases production in animals.
Come on who wouldn’t want to work 8 hours less in the week?
This system has already started to make its way into Irish Agriculture, and I can guarantee in years to come this will be the only way of feeding stock.