Tip Feeding Signals: Figure out the best place for your feed fence

In our blog 'Rumen acidosis is the silent killer of cows (and good advisors will do something about it)', we challenged advisors to talk about more than just feed quality with farmers, but also include housing and management. In this video you can see why this is important: these cows have big lumps, because the pipe is bothering them while eating.

So, should you see this in your barn, or in a barn that your visiting: there's something easy advisors and farmers can do together: try out several positions for the pipe, to figure out what is best for the cows. Keep them healthy and make feed access easy and pain free.

What do you think of this solution? Please share your thoughts below.

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Comments (11)

Dan Mosley

My question is about a locking head gate system. In this planned barn, the concrete curb is 45cm tall then a 5cm gap to the base of the headrail. The headrail is 101cm high, so the feed rail is 150cm. What distance, from the vertical, should the top of the headrail be? I was thinking 20cm? Thanks in advance.

Joep Driessen

Dan Mosley wrote:
My question is about a locking head gate system. In this planned barn, the concrete curb is 45cm tall then a 5cm gap to the base of the headrail. The headrail is 101cm high, so the feed rail is 150cm. What distance, from the vertical, should the top of the headrail be? I was thinking 20cm? Thanks in advance.

Hi Dan,
Feeding rail only: We just put the neckrail 40cm (and 50 !! cm) ahead and 115 cm high in peer claassens barn: (before it was 25cm ahead and 125 cm high and lots of damage on the first bony point of the neck of cows…)
Feed fence/lockers: I have seen 15-20 25 and 30 cm…
I think 30 cm is the best… Does the locking system still works? I think so.
Germany all barns have the feed fence tipped, often only 15 cm??

Your example: big cows are 160 ( I have a 170cm cow here with jan van de brake…) So 150 is trouble..
For not having necks touching, 15 cm forward will be enough.
For having a longer feed reach, 30 cm is better I think, because of less shoulder pressing.. so wall will stop the cow: only the claw tips are touching the wall, further no metal contact…
Also make them 22 cm wide…. (most commercial lockers are 18 or 20 cm… = too narrow.)

Jake

This the best article to have an idea on what fence you will use for your house

Joseph

I was looking for some post that can help me. Great that I was able to read this one

Joep Driessen

Dear Jake and Joseph,
Good to read these articles helped you. Keep up the good work.

Tessie

This article is something that I have been looking for It was a great read!

Joep

Tessie wrote:
This article is something that I have been looking for It was a great read!

Hi Tessie,
Great to hear that! What are your biggest challenges when it comes to feeding? And what solutions work best for you?

Joyce

I can totally relate on this. I love how informative this was

Joep Driessen

Joyce wrote:
I can totally relate on this. I love how informative this was

Thanks for the compliment!

Jefferson

Oh great! It was a fun reading this. I have learned a lot

Lance

What an informative and helpful article I can definitely use this for future

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