Recognised as the meeting place for the global dairy industry, the Expo attracts more than 70,000, from over 90 countries, to the American mid-west dairy heartland.
Many new products are introduced each year at the Expo.
Among them this year is a piece of New Zealand innovation now launched in the US.
With the battery-powered, electronically calibrated Te Pari Revolution Drench Gun, the user simply adjusts the dosage rate on the digital screen and pulls the electronic trigger to apply any dose up to 99ml.
An award winner for innovation at New Zealand’s National Fieldays agricultural show, the doser was developed by Te Pari Products, a frequent award-winner for for innovative products developed “in house”.
While New Zealand and Australia are their primary markets, they also export to the US, the UK and Ireland, and Europe.
A statistics button on the gun shows the total drench used and number of doses administered.
Accurate dosing can reduce resistance to drenches.
The electronic drench gun can be integrated with an electronic weigh scale which calculates how much drench an animal needs. This data can be transmitted via wi-fi to the gun, which delivers a calibrated dose based on the animal’s exact weight.
Used this way, the gun can eliminate under-drenching and over-drenching.
It can be linked to EID with a weigh scales to record dose amounts and frequency for individual animals.
Kuhn has gone for fully automatic operation with its new FB 3135 Automate baler.
Knives are automatically cleaned after a predefined number of bales are made.
Bale shape and density pressure settings are done from the the cab.
The tailgate opens automatically as soon as the net is applied.
An overload protection clutch is activated whenever the baler’s intake gets obstructed by the crop.
The dropfloor lowers automatically and the knives are retracted.
After the PTO is re-engaged, the rotor restarts and the crop is guided unobstructed in the bale chamber, the dropfloor and knives automatically return to their position.
A highly detailed process overview on a terminal in the cab displays ongoing activity, while visual and acoustic signals on the baler before and during the automatic tailgate process ensure safe operation.
Fleckvieh cattle were on display for the first time at the National Ploughing Championships.
According to Celtic Sires, the breed has grown in favour in the Netherlands, and is now the No1 dairy cross used there.
Fleckvieh (Dairy Simmental) are relatively new to the southern Irish market, but are more established as a cross on the Holstein herd in Northern Ireland.
Genetic Austria have appointed Celtic Sires as their Fleckvieh agent in Ireland.
According to Celtic Sires, the breed is very fertile, with excellent beef qualities making them a popular choice for dairy farmers.
Although Fleckvieh produce less milk than pure Holsteins as a breed, they generally have higher fat and protein percentages.
Good calving ease and high cull cow value are also claimed.
Fleckvieh AI bulls are ranked for fertility and udder health issues, selection in the breed having focused on milk volume and health traits over the last 20 years.
The beef and dairy Simmental breeds operate similarly to how Holstein and British Friesian operate.
The bloodlines known now as “Fleckvieh” are bred with emphasis on milk, and are registered in a Dairy Fleckvieh section of the herd book by the Irish Simmental Society, distinct from the Beef Simmental book.