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We had one of those too, called a "Milk Majic" I remember and we had to fill the hopper manually with bags of feed. Still got it somewhere round the back if anyones interested!

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Considering whether a system like this would be useful for young stock. We run them on another farm 2ks down the road. Under normal circumstances they would be on irrigated pasture and silage or hay, but 6 years of drought has cut our water allocations, and other options need to be looked at. Two years ago i fed pellets and hay ad lib, plus some grazing, resulting in very well grown heifers ,fatter than they needed to be ,and very costly. Last summer they were sent 300 ks south to recommended agistment, the only positive out of that experience, was that they all made it home. So the search for an alternative is on. We have an old dairy on the farm with power still connected. Plan would be to allow acess from two paddocks with different age heifers on varying rates, reading off the electronic ear tags that are part of our national id scheme. Made some phone calls to company reps 2 weeks ago, no response as yet, it seems nobody in australia has anything like this on the market yet.
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quote:

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Anybody got tips on how to make the cows use them??? emoticon

I've got a few cows that refuse to go in :blinker Other than chaseing them in is there a trick to it?

How many feeds do you set them for during the grazing season? Mine are set at 4, but i'm thinking of reducing them to 3 feeds.

Dose anyone else use crystal fusion software?



We installed our OOPFs 10 years ago. We trained a couple of older cows and a couple of heifers, no more than 20 animals out of a herd of 200. We haven't had to train one since.

My advice is not to "chase" them in, they'll associate that with fear and will probably never go in there as they'll be too scared. Let them do it themselves, give it time.

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Hi Dairylands, was looking over past topics and wondered if you ever put the oopf's in?.
We're thinking about them atm, and would be keen to hear your comments.
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We put oopf stations in about 4 years ago now, well worth the investment
We don't tmr(yet) so feeding cake twice a day in the parlour to high yielding cows wasn't ideal
Main benefits we've seen so far are:
fewer/no displaced stomachs
We have fresh calved animals on a feed curve that is set by our nutritionalist on a build up strategy.
Maintaining body condition
For example a 40litre cow in our herd would typically be feed 5kg in parlour and 10kg in outer parlour.
Fertility, seems to have improved as cows in positive energy
Saves $£
No cow gets too much or too little, oopfs are manually adjusted each month after we milk record, given her daily litres, stage of lactation, pregnant etc we set her daily amount accordingly, cows getting 10 kg or more can have their wait time reduced but their feed weight per visit decreased, cows getting 5kg would typically get 4 feeds per 24hours of [sign in to see URL] each time, 12kg cow would be 7 allocated feeds of 1.7 kg, basically to keep stomachs from displacing, they say feed no more than [sign in to see URL] per visit.
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That's interesting Moorcastle,what make did you put in and how many cows do you have per station?.Would you say you saved feed or increased yield or a bit of both ?. We do feed a TMR with a top up in parlour,and I'm just wondering if there are enough benefits to be had by installing oopf's.
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Basically it was to get more energy into cows was our main reason. Wouldn't say we have saved feed at all, but litres, body condition and fertility have all improved and displaced stomachs have reduced.
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We put oopf stations in about 4 years ago now, well worth the investment
We don't tmr(yet) so feeding cake twice a day in the parlour to high yielding cows wasn't ideal
Main benefits we've seen so far are:
fewer/no displaced stomachs
We have fresh calved animals on a feed curve that is set by our nutritionalist on a build up strategy.
Maintaining body condition
For example a 40litre cow in our herd would typically be feed 5kg in parlour and 10kg in outer parlour.
Fertility, seems to have improved as cows in positive energy
Saves $£
No cow gets too much or too little, oopfs are manually adjusted each month after we milk record, given her daily litres, stage of lactation, pregnant etc we set her daily amount accordingly, cows getting 10 kg or more can have their wait time reduced but their feed weight per visit decreased, cows getting 5kg would typically get 4 feeds per 24hours of [sign in to see URL] each time, 12kg cow would be 7 allocated feeds of 1.7 kg, basically to keep stomachs from displacing, they say feed no more than [sign in to see URL] per visit.



So is that 15kg grain total for a 40lt cow.
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Rule of thumb here yes as we are housed 8 Months of the year and only feed grass silage and due to heavy wet ground we can only make 2 cuts of silage per year so we can never get young lush rocket fuel silage and we can't grow wholecrop or maize as our feed passage will not suit a diet feeder wagon. But for now with my housing that doesn't concern me, as with our silage being a little mature it has natural fibre and don't feel the need to mix cake into it as stale cows have enough body condition before drying off on the system I already use.
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Rule of thumb here yes as we are housed 8 Months of the year and only feed grass silage and due to heavy wet ground we can only make 2 cuts of silage per year so we can never get young lush rocket fuel silage and we can't grow wholecrop or maize as our feed passage will not suit a diet feeder wagon. But for now with my housing that doesn't concern me, as with our silage being a little mature it has natural fibre and don't feel the need to mix cake into it as stale cows have enough body condition before drying off on the system I already use.



Thanks for the explanation. I do seem to be noticing that in wetter areas grass silage doesn't seem to have as much energy.

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