Lely customers, Robert and Henry Mulligan, from Co. Meath, are running one of the largest grass-based robotic milking farms in Ireland.
They are milking 420, predominantly spring-calving cows through six Lely Astronaut A5s.
Labour had become a big issue for the farm and the milking system needed to be upgraded from the 22-unit parlour. The options were to install a rotary unit or a robotic milking system.
The decision was made to install the robots which were commissioned in September 2019.
As part of a virtual open day, the Mulligans gave their honest experience of working with the system to date with a live question and answer session in conjunction with Lely Center Mullingar.