Equipment developed in Holland to boost yields by giving cows peace and quiet at feeding time is being launched at next week’s Balmoral Show in Belfast.
Specialising in electronically-controlled in-parlour and out-of-parlour feeding systems, Hanskamp AgroTech has three new products on display for the first time in Ireland.
An L-shaped closing gate is designed to fit all house types and feeding stations. It shuts quietly down behind a cow once feed is in the trough. This stops dominant cows bullying shy feeders and heifers at the risk of stress, lost yield and injury.
Once a cow finishes feeding or in the event of a power failure, the robust Hanskamp AgroTech closing gate silently lifts up again. It is expected to cost €1,460.
The Dutch company’s second new product on display is the CrisyDos in-parlour feeding system that suits any make of parlour.
Unlike traditional in-parlour feeders, CrisyDos gradually releases concentrates over each cow’s milking time, keeping her busy eating, thus reducing agitation and noise, says Klaas Breunissen, sales manager of Hanskamp AgroTech. It is expected to cost €277 to €550 per milking point.
“Not only have you peace and quiet in the parlour, but the CrisyDos continuous feeding systems ensure oxytocin hormone release peaks so that cows milk more easily.”
The stand at Balmoral also features the PropyDos feeder for automatic addition of propylene glycol onto concentrates, for a healthier herd at less risk of ketosis.
The PropyDos dosing device is priced at €844.
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