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How much is your feed system costing you?


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The Lely Vector Automatic Feeding System delivers fresh feed 24/7 to cows consistently, timely and sufficiently. It makes sure the correct rations are fed to cows consistently and on time, allowing cattle farmers to achieve efficient and high-grade milk and beef production. The Lely Vector saves money, labor, time and energy.

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How much is your feed system costing you?

  1. 1. How much is your feed system costing you?
  2. 2. Let’s do some math.
  3. 3. Feed costs and labor are two of the biggest costs on a dairy farm.
  4. 4. Factors that reduce margin: Fuel CostsLabor Costs Feed Waste Milk Production
  5. 5. Land used for forage production lost for season Cost of handling, mixing and delivery to the feed aisle lostTime spent thoughout the entire process lost Planting inputs and fuel costs lost Forage harvesting and storage cost lost To know the true cost, consider the bigger picture. -5% -5% -5% -5% -5% For example, here is how much a 5% feed loss can cost you.
  6. 6. All adding up to a hit on your bottom line.
  7. 7. There must be a better way to …
  8. 8. Feed efficiently. Feed consistently. Feed effectively.
  9. 9. Introducing the Lely Vector.
  10. 10. In a trial conducted over 3 years, with 17 dairies … year feeding without Vector first year feeding with Vector second year feeding with Vector 1 + 1 + 1
  11. 11. Herd behavior changed, stimulating free cow traffic.
  12. 12. Fresh feeding 24 hours a day stimulated intake, and, in turn, increased feed efficiency.
  13. 13. Effects of fresh feeding. 5.80 0 24Time (hours) RumenpH 6 meals a day 2 meals a day Threshold value
  14. 14. With the change, average milk production increased 4 lbs per cow per day with the same feeds available.
  15. 15. Labor costs were reduced by at least 78% on all farms.
  16. 16. 43% of farms saved 300–500 labor hours per year.
  17. 17. 35% of farms saved more than 500 labor hours per year.
  18. 18. 970 –1,530 gallons of diesel were saved per year by eliminating the need for a tractor and TMR mixer.
  19. 19. Let’s run the numbers with Lely Vector.
  20. 20. The Lely Vector reduced expenses. Fuel CostsLabor Costs Feed Waste Milk Production
  21. 21. What impact would that have on your bottom line?
  22. 22. To know for certain, request a free on-site assessment from Lely at the link below. Get The Assessment © 2017, Lely North America, Inc., All Rights Reserved. 857_0517_US