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"Now I know there is always feed in front of the cows"

The 645 kg robotic feed pusher handles both the early morning job and the late feed push at Stursbøl Østergaard farm.

JOZ Moov Peter Timmerman Denmark

JOZ Moov at work pushing at a steady six metres per minute so that there is always feed in front of the cows. 

Text and photos: Claus Solhøj

 

As the robot handles the final feed push of the day, it is the peace of mind along with the feeling of freedom, especially in the evening, that Peter Timmermann emphasises when describing the benefits of letting a robot take care of pushing feed for the 400 high-yield dairy cows on his farm at Stursbøl Østergaard. “Now I know there is always feed in front of the cows and this lifts some of the pressure off my shoulders,” he explains while the farm’s JOZ Moov finishes pushing feed on one side of the stable and pulls out into the middle of the passage to return to the charging station before the next feed push. Both Peter Timmermann and his employees on the farm are particularly pleased that the one-metre-high robotic feed pusher, which weighs 645 kg, is able to handle the early feed push at 03:30 before morning milking and the late 22:00 feed push during the day’s final inspection. “Now I just take the bike and whiz around the barns for a few minutes in the evening, if there is nothing else to do,” Peter Timmermann says.

  

The heaviest robot on the market
At Stursbøl Østergaard farm, which has always fed twice and pushed in four times a day, a number of the advantages typically seen with robotic feeders – such as a more peaceful stable, a steadier environment in the rumen, better feed utilisation and often also an increase in yield – have not been so pronounced.

 

These gains derive from our understanding of the effect of always ensuring that there is feed in front of the cows and can be calculated at farm level based on the individual farm’s specific prerequisites in a detailed spreadsheet so that the repayment period can be determined.

At Stursbøl Østergaard farm this figure is almost 2.5 years, but in other instances it can be as short as eight to ten months in the event of livestock with little feed pushing and/or lower yield than Peter Timmermann’s 11,000 kg ECM annual yield from a cow.

 

"The most important thing for me is the security that there is always feed in front of the cows. But I also think that our loading machine will last for a couple more years when it no longer needs to be started and stopped cold during feeding."

 

 

They settled on JOZ Moov because it is undisputedly the heaviest robotic feed pusher on the market. This means a lot when, as at Stursbøl Østergaard farm, eight litres of water is added per cow to the full feed, which is mixed thoroughly so that it is very homogeneous. The business already has scrapers from Dutch firm JOZ.

 

Stursbøl Østergaard farm

  • Owned by Peter Timmermann since 1989. Located near Sommersted
  • His son would like to take over the farm
  • 400 dairy cow yields at 11,000 kg ECM/year
  • Sand in the pens and solid floor

 

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Source: http://landbrugsavisen.dk