The trolley height is set so that the wydale feeders are just above the cake troughs so they just reach through the gap, we did intend on lifting them over into the pen but it was hard work lifting them in and out and also lifting milk over the top of the gate. Seems to work well and when they are finished you just push it onto to the next pen.
looks brilliant, but will only work well, if it keeps the correct environment, air flo etc, for the calves. I do know for 1 set up, sim to yours, for several 100 calves, that simply does not work, and mortality rates, were horrendous, 25/30%. The last I heard, they were going to put a roofed shelter, in each younger pen, with forced ventilation. Pnumonia, and other conditions, thrive in incorrectly vented sheds. Its nothing to do with how much you spend, or how nice it looks, it is all down to the correct environment for the calves, if its right they do, if its wrong they don't.
A bit of history regarding this sheds build, we used to rear calves in three different sheds and always had rumbling pneumonia issues in winter months. We put a cubicle shed on most of the existing sheds site so needed something new. So as a belt and braces approach in the first winter of using the new shed we used Bovipast double dose vaccine as a belt and braces approach, never made any difference at all still had some pneumonia issues. The thing that revolutionised our calf rearing was giving a live dose of IBR as soon as we had a pen of calves, so very young, regarding calf losses this year we have reared over 150 replacements and have only lost one for having a gam-my leg and none have had pneumonia yet. ?????Regarding shelters in pens I thought about this, but speaking to a specialist calf vet his thoughts were it would create stale air and create as many problems as it solved. The one time calves didn’t do as well was when it got really cold and the sub two week olds didn’t grow as well, looked a bit lack lustre/cold. I think jackets would have been better for them and will try this in future as in the pens even on the windiest of days there is very little draught.
A man has pleaded guilty at Newtownards Magistrates’ Court to waste offences relating to a bonfire next to the electrical sub-station on the Circular Road in Newtownards, Co. Down.
Gareth Gill (51) of Abbot’s Walk, Newtownards pleaded guilty to two charges under the Waste and Contaminated Land (Northern Ireland) Order 1997, for which he was fined £150 each and ordered to pay a £15 offender’s levy
On June 25, 2018, PSNI officers went to Gill’s yard, where they found a large amount of waste consisting of scrap wood, pallets, carpet and underlay.
Discussion with Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) officers confirmed the site...