This dairy farm has been feeding automatically for 15 years-Farmers Weekly

2021-11-24 04:08:31 By : Ms. May Yang

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The first Triomatic feeding robot started feeding in September 2006 at the dairy farm of the Petter family. This means that the robot has provided more than 150,000 feeds in the past 15 years. Henry Peter: "It brings us far more than we thought."

"Wow, time flies!" Henry Petter said. Since 2006, the first Triomatic feeding robot has been feeding on his dairy farm. "It has brought us far more than we thought. Especially the flexibility of scheduling is a big advantage.

You can feed multiple groups multiple times a day. You can even match a small ration for three dry cows. "

Automation is becoming more and more important in modern dairy farms to achieve efficient and profitable milk production. In particular, the ability to feed several times a day has a positive effect on the feed conversion rate.

Studies have shown that a higher feed conversion rate is the basis for improving the overall condition and health of cattle, leading to higher milk production, better fecundity and animal health.

The first Triomatic feeding system started feeding 250 cows on this dairy farm in September 2006. This means that the feeding robot has provided more than 150,000 feeds in the past 15 years.

Henry Petter was the first farmer to develop the first Triomatic automatic feeding system. Henry: "We can now work a few days in advance without worrying.

You can cut blocks and load them into the feed kitchen at any time. And the pecking order in the herd is gone, because there is always fresh feed, fixed feeding time and high feeding frequency are important.

This brings peace to the stables. The performance of the heifer is much higher than the average level of the herd. "

One advantage of the Triomatic automatic feeding system is that it allows farmers to control the feeding very precisely to achieve the best yield. Henry: "The high feed efficiency is due to many different factors.

The important thing is the total (cost) graph. We try to get as much output as possible from our own roughage. Our goal is not to get more, but to become better and more efficient. "

In summer, due to grazing, the number of feed turnovers for dairy cows dropped from 12 times a day to 8 times a day. The labor required for weekly feeding ranges from 2.5 hours per week in summer to about 5 hours per week in winter.

In the past, they were fed for two hours a day, or about fourteen hours a week. "With the feeding robot, we only need to spend an average of 4 hours of energy feeding each week.

Approximately 80 tons of roughage passes through the system every week, and there is approximately 80 kg of surplus feed. This is about one thousandth! We can also feed several groups, several times a day, so there is always fresh food.

It is even possible to prepare a small ration for three (recently) dry cows. "

"The investment in the automatic feeding system is approximately ₤200,000. When we add up the savings in labor, energy costs (diesel fuel and electricity) and remaining feed, and then add maintenance costs, we get a return on investment (ROI) The period is 8 to 9 years.

We are now at three quarters, and the system can easily last another five years. "

The Triomatic automatic feeding system provides a total of three feeding robots and four different feed storage options.​​

Three feeding robots can be combined with all Triomatic feeding kitchens. In this way, you can compose your own automatic feeding system according to your wishes.

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