What is the best place for the feed rail?

What is the best place for the feed rail?

CowSignals practical research by student Kylian Claassen about eating behaviour.
What is the best place for the neck rail?

What is your opinion?
Please share below

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Update May 23 - Ian Shivas

CowSignals trainer Ian Shivas send us some extra pictures:

Ian Shivas feed rail 1.jpg

"This neck is at 45 in. or 114 cm from cow side floor".

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"It was interesting to watch the cows in the barn eating (see graphics above). Cows eating in the special needs area using the head lock system, stand straight as they approach the feed bunk. They take a mouthful of feed, lift their heads and stand in a comfortable fashion to chew the feed before swallowing. Cows in the main pens who were using a post and rail system at the feed bunk would pick up a mouthful of feed, then stretch out their necks in an unnatural gooselike fashion to enable them to chew before swallowing. The improperly positioned neck rail is causing hair loss, swellings and trauma on the necks of the cows, especially the larger cows".

Comments (8)

Jake Martin

We've been placing feed neck rails 1200mm vertically from the floor where the cows stand and 100mm horizontally clear from the feed neck rail support post. The one in your photo seems too low. In addition it is pretty far away from the feed face - far enough that it could be hooked by a push-up tractor. Have some good photos if you would like.

Joep Driessen

Jake Martin wrote:
We've been placing feed neck rails 1200mm vertically from the floor where the cows stand and 100mm horizontally clear from the feed neck rail support post. The one in your photo seems too low. In addition it is pretty far away from the feed face - far enough that it could be hooked by a push-up tractor. Have some good photos if you would like.

HI Jake, thanks for the feedback. Some photo's would be great! Can you send them to anouk.brinkhoff@cowsignals.com? I'll ask her to put them up in the blog as well.

Dr imtiaz

Neck rail from my point of view should be vertically at 105 cm height. And horizontally it should be 15 to 20 cm away from pole. It may vary to Holstein freshen and jersey breeds and cross. From my point of view neckbrail should not touch the cervical line.

Ian Shivas

What are the height of your cattle? I have seen recommendations that may originate from Jack Rodenburg or Neil Anderson, DVM that would suggest the neck rail placement at 0.85 x withers height. Jake, when you send pictures, can you note the approx. height of the cattle at the withers?

Hussein Musallam

I completely agree with Dr Imtiaz also added the depth of feeder should be 70-80 cm .

Wytse Aalbers

I think the best place for the pipe is in the recycling bin and replace it with either a headlock or EZ-Flex feed front.
I think that the neck rails rubs off the hair of the cows and gives boss cows the opportunity to show their power.
The EZ-Flex Front solves those problems and is straight above the curb to prevent hitting this with equipment.

Wytse

https://easyfixrubberna.com/index.php/project/easyflex-vertical-horizontal-feed-front/

Joep Driessen

Good discussion – to be continued…
Generally flex is softer and more cow friendly than metal…. Feed fence is practicle for management, but also need to be tipped forward at least 30 cm to give the cow more feed length!!!!

Dr waqas ahmad

Feed rail is at right position. TMR wagon driver distributed the feed very far . it can be placed more near to the cow. If we increase the height of feed rail cow will pass their legg into the TMR. So this is the mistake of driver not the feed rale position

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