Automated feed pushers save time and reduce workload. These robots can free dairy producers from the constant grind of pushing feed back within reach of their animals.
It’s a win/win, as having feed within reach of the animals is just part of the recipe for higher feed intake and great milk production, too, notes Gravin Strang, DeLaval’s market development and sales support manager for capital equipment. It’s also important to remix and recondition the returning feed to make it more appetizing for cows.
That’s what distinguishes DeLaval’s new OptiDuo feed pusher from other machines in the category, says Strang. DeLaval rolled out the OptiDuo last month at Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show at Woodstock, Ontario. In the video below, Strang explains how the robot remixes and fluffs feed, rather than compacting the ration as it pushes it back to the cows.
OptiDuo comes with a top dress option that allows producers to blend in pellet or meal from the machine’s 90 kg tank as it remixes feed. Strang also discusses the robot’s navigation system, which is designed for cow and worker safety. New induction line technology allows a strip of electrical conduit to be planted inside the floor, creating a magnetic field for the machine to follow.