"Introducing new milking technology to dairy farmers has its challenges," says Chad Huyser, Lely’s Director of North American Operations. "Not many of them have pockets deep enough to pay outright for an upgrade of their facilities. And local lenders are often so unfamiliar with the technology that they are uncomfortable accepting the financial risk. However, DLL understands the assistance that family-run farms in particular need, and created a lending agreement that enabled farmers to improve their production, giving Lely a unique position in the marketplace.
A typical example of how Lely and DLL have enabled dairy farmers to transform their production facilities can be seen on a South Dakota farm run by Gary and Amy Blasé. Facing personal health issues and problems with finding dependable hired help, the Blasés needed to make the leap from a traditional milking parlor to what would be a more efficient system for the long term. Chad explains: "With DLL as our financing partner, we could provide a solution that dealt with this bigger picture, something local providers could not have done."