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Sunday 22 September 2019

Public showcase for robotic milking system

Brendan Keane

Lely center in Enniscorthy is hosting a robotic milking open day on Wednesday, September 4, on the farm of Gerald and Henry Dunne, Merton, Bree.

The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is being organised in conjunction with Bank of Ireland.

Those in attendance will get an insight into the Dunne's farm and their successful transition from parlour to robotic milking.

A spokesperson for the showcase event commented on the initiative to this newspaper and said: 'With labour saving a huge driver for the father and son duo, three Lely Astronaut A5 milking robots were installed on the farm back in autumn 2018.'

The system was commissioned in January 2019 and the Dunnes have been milking up to 140 Holstein cows ever since.

Along with viewing the Dunne's farming enterprise, the Lely Center's yard design specialist and project co-ordinator, Gavin Joyce, will be in attendance to discuss topics including yard planning, design and choosing a system that best matches your individual farm.

'In addition, the newly appointment dedicated Farm Management Support advisor Catherine Heffernan, will also provide expert advice on the benefits of 'free cow traffic' on an indoor system, grassland management and paddock planning to help maximise a herd's potential with automatic milking,' said the spokesperson.

The General Manager of Lely Centre Enniscorthy, Tom O'Leary, said the event

'This is set be a very informative and knowledgeable event with plenty of practical information for farmers on the day,' said Mr O'Leary.

'Our team have worked very closely with the Dunne family over the last number of months to ensure that they improve both the efficiency and effectiveness of their farming enterprise,' he added.

He said the Dunnes are 'at the top of their game' in terms of milk production.

The farm is located at Eircode Y21 EV18 and will be signposted from all of the local main roads.

Light refreshments will be served at the event. To find out more information about the showcase contact David Redmond, from the Lely Center Enniscorthy, on 087-2597861.

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