Personalization of milking routine

Lely leverages Datamole’s expertise in AI to automatically personalize milking routines for more than 2 million cows every day, resulting in better farm performance and improved animal health.

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Optimizing 5 million milking sessions every day

Lely decided to revolutionize their robotic milking by personalizing cow treatment during the milking process. Lely robots milk over 2 million cows every day, resulting in more than 5 million milking sessions needed to be optimized daily.

Even though the robots offer farmers plenty of settings to customize the milking process for each cow, the manual setup would require the farmer to tweak more than 40 knobs before each milking.


AI personalizes milking routine for each cow

Datamole delivered a solution that automatically calculates optimal treatment for each cow every time the animal visits the milking robot. Each cow is described with its history of production, milk quality, last visit, stage of lactation and many others.

The solution was based on the following components:

  • Datamole IoT Platform collects data from over 30,000 milking robots worldwide.
  • Data Warehouse serves as a source of historical data and data analytics
  • Optimization and Predictive Models infer an optimal treatment for a specific animal


Rik Steenbergen
Senior Product Engineer at Lely

"We took on a challenging series of projects together with Datamole to make milking dairy cows a personalized experience by using an AI-driven approach. We want each cow to have a comfortable milking experience that fits her specific needs throughout her entire life at the farm."


Positive impact on cow health & farm performance

The system automatically adjusts the milking settings for each cow. It provides the animals with the best possible treatment based on the measured data.

Farmers enjoy all the benefits of personalized treatment for their cows. Optimal milking routines result in a positive impact on animal welfare as well as overall farm performance.

Thanks to the algorithms collecting data about milking performance, the system is also able to evaluate any deviations, and thus helps farmers detect potential sickness in its early stages.

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Rik Steenbergen, Senior Product Engineer at Lely: 

"The effort of the farmer issignificantly reduced as we strive for zero milking settings. The milking robot derives and selects the optimal settingsfully automatically for each cow to achieve gentle milking. The farmer works with high quality and practical KPI’sto manage the herd and farm."

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