Lely Mullingar in conjunction with Lely Kilkenny are running a series of six open days right throughout the country from tomorrow (Wednesday, April 3) to Thursday, April 11, where you can get an in-depth understanding of a robotic milking system.

The open days will take place on six spring calving grass-based farms in counties Wexford, Kilkenny, Tipperary, Galway, Meath and Cavan.

The first meeting is on the farm of the Kiely Family in Co. Wexford. They changed from a 20 unit parlour to three Lely Astronaut A5’s to milk their 190 spring calving cows.

Tomorrow, farmers will hear about how they have massively reduced their somatic cell count (SCC) while also increasing milk solids produced.

Other events feature new entrants milking 120 cows and three farms that upgraded from a parlour and are currently milking on two robots.

The last event in Galway looks at a robot on a 2nd unit for a farmer that also milks his main herd on a milking parlour on the home block.

There will also be a presentation from Progressive Genetics on “Breeding for a better future” and a presentation from a Targeted Agriculture Modernisation Schemes (TAMS) expert on how to maximise the grants available for an investment in a new milking system.

Some of the other companies available to talk to over the course of the two weeks include Tirlan, Efficient Farm Solutions, Allflex, AIB, Finance Ireland, Bank of Ireland, Arrabawn, Easyfix and Lakeland Dairies.

Experts from Alternative Energy Ireland will also be available to discuss the option of solar for your farm.

For a full list of the venues and to register click here or you can call 044 9330320

All are welcome to attend.