AUSTRALIAN DAIRY technicians and Lely distributors, Rob Ciavatta, Mount Gambier, and Damian Loomans, Warrnambool, attended the Astronaut A5 launch at Lely’s HQ in the Netherlands.
Both men were given a thorough overview of the new machine and were impressed with the improvement on its predecessor.
Mr Ciavatta will install the first A5 robots in Australia this month, with six purchased by the Clark family, Mil-Lel, SA.
“The A5 is a complete step ahead of the A4,” Mr Ciavatta said.
“Energy consumption has been reduced dramatically, and ease of maintenance has been improved for both technician and farmer, which will reduce time a technician requires on farm for servicing.
“It is also much quieter. You would think they’re not running if you didn’t know.”
The A5 also uses significantly less compressed air than its predecessor, which will reduce cost.