The new robotic feed pusher from DeLaval remixes and repositions feed onto the feed table. This new approach increases feed intake, reduces feed waste and helps farmers to use the time saved, on the jobs that make a difference to the farm.
DeLaval OptiDuo makes sure cows always have access to refreshed feed. Its technology allows remixing feed before moving it onto the feeding table. With its twin-spiralled rotating auger and adaptive drive function, all kinds of feed are repositioned onto the feeding table filling any gaps and ensuring that the strands of roughage remain intact. This means that lower ranked cows are not pushed to empty positions, reducing the competition and stress at the feeding table.
“Technology such as this has the potential to ensure that dairy cows have continual access to a well-mixed diet. This should not only help to ensure maximal dry matter intake, but also help minimise feed sorting, and allow cows to use their time more efficiently. This leaves more time for lying down and ruminating,” says Dr Trevor DeVries, Professor and Canada Research Chair in Dairy Cattle Behaviour and Welfare, University of Guelph.
The new feed pusher has the option to add a concentrate dispenser. It can also automatically handle different amounts of feed as well as several feed types, including any kind of total mix ratio (TMR), straw, hay or fresh grass.
Additionally, the feed pusher can be used in a wide range of situations, including barns with 5% slopes and different width alleys, as well as on farms with multiple barns.
There are few parts that need to be changed, with no requirement for greasing. It is also available with DeLaval InService™ programme, a solution where service, consumables, advisory and everything in between is available. The new feed pusher is available in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. America, Asia and Oceania markets will follow shortly.