New products for calves
Deluxe Calf Hutch
Deluxe Calf Hutches (EXL and SL models) feature a patent pending three-in-one rear door, which swings out of the way, can remain open, provides easy access to feed with an ATV or truck, allows feed to stay out of the elements, is easy to operate because it has no latches and snaps shut, and has a sliding grill vent. It’s also the only manger with Splash Guard and Pail Stoppers, which prevent feed from getting wet and liquids from becoming contaminated. Visit www.agri-plastics.net to learn more.
Calf Condo Building
Looking for an alternative to calf hutches? The completely portable Calf Condo Buildings from D. Buck Construction, LLC, might be the answer. These 10-pen buildings have two clean-out doors. Simply move the building left or right for fast cleaning. The top half and roof are steel and are fastened with screw fasteners. The back wall features roll-up curtain. Pens have double pail holders and easy-access gates. Options include front side curtain and insulated roof. Suggested price for an 8×32-foot, 10-pen condo is approximately $4,800. Price doesn’t include tax and a $2-per-loaded-mile delivery charge. To learn more, visit livestock-shelters.com or call 920/758-2712.
Carrying heavy buckets to feed calves just became a thing of the past thanks to the Milk Taxi. This mobile calf feeder allows you to preset feeding parameters for calves. Once programmed, all you do is feed calves. Because feed quantities are preset and the temperature is constantly monitored, the risk of feeding mistakes is reduced. Whether you want the floor-mounted agitator to dissolve milk powder or you want to adjust the dosage quantities, all functions can be programmed at the control panel with the press of a button. You can also preset start times for specific processes, such as pasteurization or heating. Suggested price for a 75-gallon unit is $10,200. For more information, visit www.calfstar.com.
The Feed-R-Meter from Johnson’s Innovations is a self-contained, portable mixing/feeding/cleaning system for medium- to large-volume calf-feeding operations. It comes in three fully customizable models: 150, 200, and 300 gallons. The system features a custom-built steel frame, fully powder-coated finish, a full axle on the 200- and 300-gallon models, a flow meter for precise feed operation, mixing/cleaning jets, and a cleaning spinner ball. To learn more, visit johnsonsinnovations.com.