That’s Farming editor, Catherina Cunnane, took a trip across the waters to Borderway’s Agri Expo, where she saw some of the following inventions.
JFC Agri’s Calf Isolation Unit/Calf Crib is, according to the Galway-based manufacturer, an individual housing unit for calves in the early days of life and is “ideal” for the “effective” isolation of calves.
The polyethene body – which ensures a calf is warm and draught-free – is complete with a removable lockable plastic gate, two hoops, a bracket, an infrared red lamp, a removable slatted floor and additional feed buckets – which are available upon request.
The product is lightweight, easy to handle (move into place by hand), has reduced bedding requirements, is easy to clean (powerhouse and disinfect) and allows for enhanced feed monitoring.
The company recommends that the product “works great” for calves in advance to progressing to an automatic calf feeding system.
Alternatively, a farmer can utilise it as an isolation unit for sick calves, as it provides a “warm, sterile” environment, which can be “easily” disinfected following use.
Heatwave Ad-Lib Milk Warmer
Meanwhile, over on display at Shearwell Data Livestock System’s stand was a Heatwave Ad-Lib Milk Warmer by Pyon Products.
According to the company, this product uses a heat exchange technology to heat milk on demand “instead of it always being warmed” to keep milk fresher for longer.
The warm milk delivery system is suitable for lambs, calves and goat kids.
It has a 25L water tank capacity, a 240 power supply, a 2.2KW heating element and two feeding lines.
It has four calf teats and four lamb teats, and according to the company, you can feed up to 30 calves or 50 lambs/goat kids.
According to the firm, it is labour-saving and is easy to clean, requiring circa 5 minutes once a day to maintain in “good” hygienic condition.
The polyethene body is complete with a plastic gate, two hoops, a bracket, a lamb and a slatted floor.
Store and Thaw Colostrum Management System
Also on the stand was a store and thaw colostrum management system, which, according to the company, is multi-functional with the ability to test, package, freeze and thaw colostrum “rapidly”.
The system has a water heater/agitator, which is controlled by a refractometer for testing colostrum quality, freezer trays, labels, freezer labs, a thermometer, a freezer pen, jug and funnel, plastic freezer baskets, 40 bags and a filling station.
According to the company, the portable heater/stirrer unit clamps to the side and has an insulated lid, which prevents heat from escaping.
A user can set it at a maximum temperature of 60 degrees Celsius for warming colostrum of 60 degrees Celsius for an hour for pasteurisation.
The product also has a mobile pocket timer, a circulator to eliminate ‘hot spots’ and an audible timer.
It has a double-walled insulated plastic water bath and two stainless steel baskets capable of handling two x4 litres of frozen colostrum.
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