LELY inaugurated Argentina's first farm to use their robots
The inauguration of the first Lely robotic dairy farm gathered the Agricultural Counselor, Leontine Crisson with the Lely mission, led by Alexander van der Lely (CEO).
This is the first of 5 projects the company has in 3 provinces of Argentina, with solid prospects to come through its local representatives. Growth in this sector is key and represents an opportunity for Argentina, specially due to its comparative advantages. Opting for growth through automatic milking systems is choosing a proven formula worldwide that could lead to increased in competitiveness.
Dairy production is one of the most important and traditional agro activities of Argentina. During the past decade, production has shown stable at 10 billion liters per year, with an optimistic projection of duplicating this figure in middle term future. Nowadays just 49% of the total industrial capacity is being used.
Despite crisis, international pricing and local disruptions, consumption in the local market its steady at 8.5 billion liters per year. Exports increased due to market developing politics during the last 3 years, up to around 2 billion liters.
More output, labor and animal welfare are concerns that dairy farms face today. Plus, the sector has the challenge of meeting the increasing need for good-quality food. Increasing food production requires efficient agriculture. Quality also needs to be maintained, in a sustainable and innovative way. Lely’s systems offer a very interesting opportunity for local producers, that needs to be paired with access to affordable loans – which may result challenging nowadays.
Lely, founded in 1948 in Maassluis, has introduced a range of ground-breaking products to the market, especially with automation and robots. Their vision: “creating a sustainable, profitable and enjoyable future” – for the producer, the animals as well as society.
By connecting humans, animals and technology , Lely’s systems help farms produce the best possible quality and quantity of milk in the most efficient way. Its proved to increase efficiencies, achieve more output per cow and manage labor and risk through automation by designing an optimal layout for long-term efficiency. With this in mind, many more Argentine producers have shown interest in this long-term approach.