Lely robotic milking is set for a return to Laois

Lely grassland machinery will be displayed
Lely grassland machinery will be displayed
Derek Casey

Derek Casey

Lely Ireland and the National Ploughing Association (NPA) will once again join forces for a live robotic milking demonstration at this year's National Ploughing Championships in Stradbally, Co Laois.

A herd of 40 cows will arrive on site this weekend to settle in and take in some hearty Laois air.

During the Ploughing they will be milked at their leisure as they do on their home farm, oblivious to the thousands of punters who will be watching their every move.

Lely's Tomás Cooney explained: "The cows are milked more frequently than in a traditional system, which reflects what happens in nature where a calf suckles the cow many times a day. The robot recognises each cow individually and every event from birth until the day the cow leaves the farm is stored on the management programme. Our grassland machinery range will be displayed beside the robotic display this year, so everything will be centrally located."

Speaking at the NPA press launch recently, Anna May McHugh said; "The cows and the robotic milking were a huge attraction for all visitors to the event last year.

"I'm really delighted that the visiting public will once again have an opportunity to see the whole process in action this year. With many schools and colleges attending, it perfectly highlights the importance of merging science, technology and farming techniques to find positive solutions and innovative processes that can have a great impact on working rural life".

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