A new in parlour feeding system has proved a profitable investment for Herman Pieper, a progressive goat milk producer reports Jos Borsten.
Farming near Eibergen, pop; 12,000, close to the Dutch border with Germany In 1999 he established a dairy goat herd and built a 48 station carousel milking parlour. However, after 15 years it was clear by last winter that the original in parlour feeding system needed replaced.
“It was not a very precise feeding system as the motor worked with a timer and feed often ended up on the floor beside the trough instead of in the trough. There was a lot of costly spillage and goats were not being fed to optimise their performance and our profits,” explained Herman.
“A reliable feeding system that can dose pellets precisely is very important in ensuring individual goats are feed accurately to ensure they remain in good condition and that our margins are maximised.”
With the PipeFeeder HighSpeed system developed by Hanskamp popular with dairy cow herd owners across Western Europe Herman had it installed last February.
“Now we have no pellets left scattered around the parlour and each goat gets exactly the correct amount of feed as the PipeFeeder has a very accurate braking system on the motor.
“Just look around our carousel, there is not a single pellet under the dosator point”
Having deliberately installed the new feeding system before the start of kidding time Herman Pieper found that his goats now learn the parlour routine much easier and faster than in previous years.
“I also really like they way Hanskamp have designed their very robust PipeFeeder so that from the ControlPanel the amount of pellets dispensed per group or per individual goat can be simply set.”
“For young goats I can easily set the system to dispense 300 to 400g per animal. This ensures they remain eating and standing peacefully right throughout milking until turned out.
Plus the certainty that every goat will always receive feed helps get young goats moving quickly into the parlour. Early in the season when young goats coming into the herd are learning the milking routine this has cut milking time by half an hour as 300 animals go through the parlour.”
When ordering the PipeFeeder Herman Pieper pointed out to Hanskamp that the exit point designed for dairy cows would need adapted to suit goats.
“As a result we were the very first to install a new exit point for the PipeFeeder system designed by the Hanskamp team to suit goats. The PipeFeeder package now proving popular with goat milk producers is ideal being safe and simple to use.
“For those producing milk from cows or goats and seeking a precise feeding system with no problems I would strongly recommend the PipeFeeder HighSpeed from Hanskamp.”
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