Cow feed­ing ma­chine dis­play

South Waikato News - - RURAL DELIVERY -

Ti­rau farmer Marty Richards will dis­play a feed­ing sys­tem he’s de­vel­oped at an open day on his farm to­day.

The farm man­ager said the eFeeder was borne out of ex­per­i­ment­ing with a cow­shed back­ing gate and his frus­tra­tion at drag­ging a trailer around pad­docks for 10 years. Since in­stalling the sys­tem in the cow­shed on his boss Ross Watkins’ 100-hectare farm, Marty has dras­ti­cally cut down his labour.

The eFeeder sys­tem is sur­pris­ingly sim­ple.

Each row of cows leave the shed af­ter be­ing milked and head straight to troughs of palm ker­nel. They feed un­til an elec­tric top gate lifts up and gen­tly pushes them away out of the yard.

A demon­stra­tion of the eFeeder will be given at the Dairy NZ Open Day at Ross Watkins’ farm at 85 SH1, Ti­rau from 11.30am un­til 1.30pm to­day.

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