The one-thousandth Lely Vector left the company's production line on Tuesday, having doubled production of the system in the past three years.

The Vector feeding system is now used in 31 countries on a wide variety of dairy and beef cattle farms.

“Over the past decade, we have gained a tremendous amount of knowledge and experience with automatic feeding,” product manager feeding at Lely International Jelmer Ham has said.

“We listened to our customers, conducted research and tried new things. In doing so, we relied on proven principles of automatic feeding and improved a large part of the system.”

Future growth

Lely has said it sees reliance on the Vector’s continued growth into the future.

Ham said: “It is a revolutionary system that, in addition to energy and labour savings, has an unprecedented positive effect on cow health and feed efficiency.

“By feeding more often and more precisely, the nutrients in the feed are optimally utilised. The intelligent software also enables steering based on profitability instead of just on milk yield and weight gain.

“Both dairy and beef farmers can calculate the effect on their margin of a change in a ration and thus improve their operating results.”

Last year, Lely saw sales of the Vector grow significantly and expects that automatic feeding will be just as accepted and applied as automatic milking in the future.