33 years ago, the first Automated Feeding System was sold by the renowned Mullerup, a company acquired by the GEA Group, which was designed to facilitate the daily work of the farmers. This allowed them to produce in a sustainable way, feed the herd according to their needs and achieve their best performance in milk production.
Why is feeding important in a milk production facility?
The health of a cow affects growth, reproduction and milk production, hence affecting farm profitability. A good and well implemented feeding strategy can avoid nutritional deficiencies, therefore potentially reducing metabolic diseases. A well implemented feeding strategy can limit treatment and veterinary costs, as well as allow the cows to reach their best performance in milk production.
Why change from Conventional to Automated Feeding?
It´s proved by researchers that different feeding strategies, such as group feeding or increased feed frequency, have a positive impact on animal health and performance. However, the implementation of these very effective strategies requires much labour when conventional feeding systems are used. This is where the use of automatic feeding systems (AFS) allows for the use of different feeding strategies in a simple and labour free manner. It also improves the general feed efficiency of the farm.
GEA has the solution that fits your farm strategy
Every farm is different. Depending on the feeding strategy that you would like to implement in your farm and desired level of investment, a different solution would be suitable for you. Points that you need to consider:
·Which feed ingredients would you like to use?
·How many groups you want to feed?
· How often you want to feed?
·Your farm logistic
"I benefit twice: from shorter working hours and simultaneously from more active cows in the barn." (Torbjörn Carlsson, Lönneberg Gard, Jönköping, Sweden, 70 cows)