SEIZING the opportunity to replace outdated, noisy in parlour feeders with the latest Dutch dairy technology has saved Andrew Murray time and money.
The first British milk producer to install PipeFeeder In Parlour Feeders from Hanskamp AgroTech says milking times have been almost halved, compound feed bills controlled and working in the parlour made much more pleasant.
Andrew runs the family farm at Murray’s Hollows near Rathfriland in Co Down with the support of his father David. All milk from their 85 strong Murray Vale Pedigree Holstein Herd going to United Dairy Farmers, the largest dairy co-operative in Northern Ireland.
“Our old in parlour feeders urgently needed replaced as they wasted costly compounds and our time. Cows were eating all their feed quickly and then making a deafening noise thumping the feeders trying to get more! Above all, their milk release was delayed so cow traffic through the parlour was moving ever slower.
“After some discussion with Andrew Dunn of our dairy equipment suppliers Francis Dunn Ltd at Donaghadee we placed an order for PipeFeeder last year.
“Simple to install and use the Pipe Feeders were lengthened to suit our dairy unit, which has excellent head room. Thus they are almost 8ft long and so only needed refilled once a day.
“Our experience since switching to Hanskamp AgroTech PipeFeeders has been entirely positive. The design is very practical and build quality is to the usual high standards of Dutch manufacturers.
“The big difference anyone coming into our parlour at milking time notices is that the cows are quiet and content.
“Hardly surprising as the computer controlled PipeFeeder in front of each cow offers the allotted amount of feed in small amounts throughout her milking time. Thus cows come forward into the parlour without fuss, stay calm and release milk quickly.”
David and Andrew have a De Laval 12 point swing over parlour and with PipeFeeder in use see no need for a kick back bar. Their herd averaged 8200 litres sold per cow over the past year on 1.85t of compound feed. Farming in an area of outstanding grass growth means sward management has a high priority as has silage quality with some whole crop wheat also going into the silos.
In parlour feeding has traditionally been popular as it makes cows keen to come in for milking, but the downside included over use of costly concentrates, cows finishing eating too soon and becoming unsettled.
To solve these problems Hanskamp AgroTech developed PipeFeeder, an innovative concentrate dosing system offering cows small portions of feed throughout milking. Thus concentrates are not wasted, cows stay calm and rapidly release their milk.
The PipeFeeder is made of robust stainless steel with concentrates contained in the steel pipe. The ingenious dosing system built into the bottom minimizing the noise of pellets falling on metal.
The motor housing is available in black, red, blue or green though blue was the obvious choice for Everton supporter Andrew, who also played for many years with leading Northern Ireland amateur side Rathfriland.
For further information on PipeFeeder tel.; 00 31 314 393 797, email
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Hanskamp AgroTech will exhibit PipeFeeder at the Livestock Event, Birmingham July 2-3, and the Irish National Ploughing Championships, Stradbally, Sept 23-25