Device prevents pressure sores for feeding cows

Loose housed cattle can feed easier, thanks to the new Flexible Green Feeding device exhibited by Cow-Welfare at the Agromek show in Denmark.

It won one of the two Agromek cattle farming category awards.

When the cow leans in to the feed, this feed barrier type device can move in up to 30 degrees. The award committee said its simple construction can prevent pressure sores on the cows.

There is no head boom, allowing cows to raise their heads and let the feed slide down their throats — as when they are at pasture. It is anticipated that cows will gain additional resting time because feeding is quicker with this barrier system.

Mounted on a heavy-duty base of square tubular steel that can be tilted, it can be implemented in various types, for example, neck boom or tubular separators. Agromek, at Herning, is the largest agricultural exhibition in Northern Europe.

A total of 237 new products were exhibited, and nine deemed to be of the greatest practical importance won awards, adjudicated by an award committee of farmers and other professional users.

* A soil-filled double concrete element for the sides of silage pits has won an Agromek cattle farming category award.

Exhibited by RC Betonvarer, it impressed the award committee due to its safety advantages, ensuring stability and improved working conditions by providing a safe work passage, especially when opening and closing silage plastic covers.

The award committee was confident it will be used widely in new silos.

If an accident should occur and a tractor drives out over the edge, it will remain hanging in the soil filled work passage. Serious accidents can thus be avoided. It is the first time this system is supplied pre-fabricated.

* A new award-winning tool can be used on farms for handling large tyres, or round bales. A new product award winner at the Agromek Exhibition in Denmark, the Easy Gripper Compact exhibited by Just Easy Tools ApS, is expected to be extremely popular on farms.

Installed on mini-loaders and front loaders, it can be used for moving and stacking tyres for storage and for later replacement and mounting the tyres on their respective vehicles. The lift capacity is 1,000kg, so a lot of the hard physical work involved in handling large tyres is ended.

During tyre mounting, the tyre can be rotated from 0 to 50 degrees so that it lines up with the wheel bolts.

With a camera installed, the operator can see the bolts from the driving seat, which simplifies tyre fitting and makes the new tool a great time-saver.

It can also be used to move and load round bales.


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