From next year, you will be able to work virtually with Lely machines and the Lely Astronaut milking robot.
Lely has signed an agreement for this with GIANTS Software, the company behind Farming Simulator, a well-known farming game with many players worldwide. With this new venture, the company follows in the footsteps of 40 brands which already feature in the game with their agricultural machinery and tractors. The red Lely milking robot is a first.
From mover to milking robot
In the latest version, Farming Simulator 17, which is expected to come out in autumn of 2016, the following Lely machines will be used for players to harvest grass from the land: the Lely Splendimo 900 MC Mower, the Lely Lotus 1250 Profi Tedder, the Lely Hibiscus 1515 CD Profi Rake, and the Lely Tigo XR 75 Combi Loader wagon. For milking, and caring for cows in the barn, the Lely Astronaut A4 Milking Robot and the Lely Luna cow brush will be added to the game.
Run your own farm
Farming Simulator is a simulation game in which players run their own farm. The game starts with basic machines but money can be earned by running the farm well, for example by sowing and harvesting, and caring for and selling crops. This money can then be invested in new and bigger machines. It is also possible to run a dairy farm, for which cows have to be bought, fed and milked. Barns have to be mucked out too and the milk is automatically collected when the milk tank is full.
Farming Simulator is the biggest and best-known simulation game in recent years. The current version has sold over 2 million units.
Emmy Koeleman studied Animal Sciences at Wageningen University in the Netherlands. She is the editor of Dairy Global and All About Feed.