Livestock Event 2015: Robotic demonstrations return

Dairy and beef farmers interested in robotic feeding and milking equipment will be able to see two systems in action at this year’s Livestock Event.

The event taking place on 8 and 9 July at the NEC, Birmingham will feature a live robotic milking and feeding demonstration.

Forty cows will be milked through a Lely Astronaut A4 robotic milking system, while the Lely Vector automatic feeding system will ensure they have continual access to a mixed ration in the feed passage.

There will also be a live demonstration of loose-housed beef finishing cattle fed by a Lely Vector automatic system.

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Lely’s Tomás Cooney says interest in robotics is on the up.

“Robotics now account for over one-third of new parlour installations and they are scheduled to take a bigger market share.”
Matt Knight, Livestock Event director

“Interest is continuing to grow in automated systems not only from dairy which is why we’re returning, but also beef farmers so we are staging another first at Livestock Event, this time automatic feeding of finishing cattle,” he explains.

Livestock Event director, Matt Knight adds: “Robotics now account for over one-third of new parlour installations and they are scheduled to take a bigger market share.

“Those dairy farmers who are still weighing up the options would do well to visit the event and watch the live demonstration in order to make a more informed decision.

“For beef farmers, then we will be pleased to introduce them to a new way of operating which is starting to be successfully taken up in Europe.”

In light of the difficult dairy situation the Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers, is providing every UK dairy farm, all 13,500, with the opportunity to book a free ticket prior to the event.

All farmers will also have the opportunity to purchase additional tickets for partners and herdsmen at a 25% reduction on the gate price.