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COW COMFORT 101 AT WORLD DAIRY EXPO WITH EASYFIX

25 Sep
2019

EASYFIX is delighted to be attending this year’s World Dairy Expo, which will take place in the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, WI from the 1st-5th of October. You will locate us in the exhibition hall at booth 1817-1918!

The Expo offers a unique opportunity to unite dairy producers, companies, organizations and professionals in the industry to showcase their livestock, share their knowledge, ideas & technology. It is a must-attend event for dairy professionals worldwide. You can find all the information you need regarding the event by visiting the World Dairy Expo website or by simply downloading the newly established APP.

We will have our extensive range of Dairy Housing Solutions on display for the duration of the expo, our expert team will be on hand to advise on the best options for your dairy enterprise.

The EASYFIX dairy housing family of products includes; EASYFIX Free Stalls and award-winning cow mattresses, EASYFIX dairy slat rubber, parlor matting, walkway matting, feedlane matting and our latest innovation the award-winning EVOLVE feed fence!

In 2009, we launched the EASYFIX Free stall and to date, we have sold in excess of 300,000 cubicles in over 50 countries worldwide. It was enhanced with a rubber loop in 2014 which has transformed the stall into the ‘Safest and most comfortable cow free stall in the world’.

In 2015, a rubber coupling was designed to replace the fixed neck rail bracket and in 2016 we launched both a flexible rubber coupling to accommodate larger cows and the EASYFIX Scratcher which increases environmental enrichment and cow comfort.

EASYFIX – NO.1 PROVIDERS OF COW COMFORT

Cow welfare has become increasingly important within the US Dairy industry and indeed worldwide. EASYFIX prides itself on providing high-welfare dairy housing solutions. We are continuously looking for ways to enhance the cows environment. Our primary goal is to bring the comfort of the outdoors, indoors! We understand the importance of cow comfort, welfare & performance to your dairy enterprise, which is why we strive to continue the development of the most innovative & best-performing products in the marketplace. Our product range is all designed in-house and manufactured from the highest quality materials. Our Product Development Team conducts extensive R&D to develop and test new product concepts and analyse product materials.

In order to understand the needs of the dairy cow, we ensure that our staff and indeed our dealers who represent us worldwide receive regular expert training and practical advice on how to create a comfortable and productive environment for any herd. Most recently, our team received a very informative lecture from Martin Kavanagh. Mr Kavanagh is a qualified vet, Cow Signals Master Trainer & Herd Health consultant with over 20 years of experience. Continue reading for our key take aways..

COW COMFORT IS THE KEY TO A PRODUCTIVE HERD

A dairy cow has 3 main functions.. 1. to be milked, 2. to eat and finally to lay down and rest! On average cows can spend up to 4 hours being milked, between 6-9 hours eating and between 12-14 hours resting varying on the cows environment.  The more comfortable the cow is, the more time they will send resting, which ultimately should be the main goal of any housing system.  The more time a cow spends resting, the more milk they will produce!

‘Anything that restricts lying and feeding time will contribute to increased lameness, reduced rumen health and reduced performance. Meeting time budgets for rest increases milk yields and reduces lameness’ (Espejo, 2007, Matzke,2003)

 

Did you know that 70% of a cows day revolves around eating and resting? Therefore, it is up to you as a farmer to ensure that your housing system is fit for purpose. In order to create a comfortable housing facility for your cows, you must ensure that they have access to the 6 freedoms of the pasture within their barn.

 

 

HOW TO INCREASE LYING TIMES?

In order to ensure your cows are lying for optimum periods of time, you must take the following factors into consideration:

  1. Lunge space limitations – the positioning of the cows head is key to their confidence, they need to feel that they have enough space to lay down and get up with ease. The positioning of the neck rails on freestalls can assist with creating enough space to lay down with greater ease. The use of a brisket board also greatly assists cows with laying down squarely and correctly.
  2. Lack of cushion/soft and comfortable bedding – cows are intelligent animals! They will not lay in a freestall if it does not have a comfortable bed!

 

The EASYFIX Dairy housing system is unrivalled in terms of providing the ultimate in cow comfort! The EASYFIX Dream Freestall teamed with the EASYFIX Jupiter F mattress is the perfect combination to ensure your cows spend the maximum time resting. The revolutionary EASYFIX Free Stall delivers the freedom of the outdoors-indoors and is proven to maximize cow comfort, improve safety & enhance performance. The EASYFIX Jupiter F boasts a  unique and innovative design! Incorporated within the design is an integrated brisket board at the front of the mattress and pillows on each side. This is a ‘world first’ feature unique to EASYFIX. It ensures optimum positioning of the cow when lying in the cubicle. The top of the mattress is cushioned which prevents hock damage and leg injuries. A studded bottom profile provides maximum cow comfort, with a deflection of up to .89 of an inch. The back of the mat is smooth and slopes away from the mat to ensure animal waste is pulled away from where the cow lays. THE DREAM COMBINATION!

EASYFIX Dream Free stall in blue

HOW TO REDUCE STRESS AT THE FEED FENCE & INCREASE FEED INTAKES?

When cows are not resting, they should be eating! Feeding time can be stressful for cows, as the more dominant and competitive personalities within the herd can ‘bully’ their way ahead of the submissive cows. Installing the correct type of feed fence in your barn can greatly assist with reducing stress in cows, whilst increasing feed intakes. Bad feed fence design can lead to lameness!

Our latest innovation is the EASYFIX Evolve! The award-winning Evolve feed fence is a pioneering advance in animal feed systems, that optimizes animal welfare & performance. It is designed to extend the animal’s reach whilst allowing for increased feed intake. The unique design also provides safe access and egress for farmworkers.

Benefits of the EVOLVE include:

  • The open system allows essential head movements during feeding and more natural feeding behaviour
  • Provides better access to feed due to the increased reach of animals = enhanced feed intake.
  • Eliminates injuries and marks which are traditionally associated with steel barriers
  • Reduces stressEasyfix Evolve - Feed Rail barrier system

MEET OUR CUSTOMERS

Tim Kerfeld, a dairy farmer from Melrose, Minnesota, farms alongside his wife and with help from his children. They recently installed EASYFIX Dream free stalls along with EASYFIX Jupiter F mattresses. Check out the video below!

GET IN CONTACT WITH THE EASYFIX TEAM

If you are attending the World Dairy Expo, be sure to drop by and have a chat with the team for all your cow comfort needs. You can find us in the exhibition hall at booth 1817-1918! Alternatively, you can contact us for more information on our extensive range of dairy housing solutions.