O' Donovan Engineering http://www.odonovaneng.ie Livestock Handling Equipment Manufacturer Fri, 24 Nov 2017 13:02:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.7 101371441 Taking the Turmoil from Winter A.I. with the ODEL Fixed Crush http://www.odonovaneng.ie/2017/11/24/taking-turmoil-winter-odel-fixed-crush/ http://www.odonovaneng.ie/2017/11/24/taking-turmoil-winter-odel-fixed-crush/#respond Fri, 24 Nov 2017 13:02:43 +0000 http://www.odonovaneng.ie/?p=6732 With the cold weather, long nights and Christmas on the horizon, there is no denying that we have truly entered the depths of winter. While kept busy with winter feeding and maintaining housing, for some, there is the added workload of Winter A.I. Because of the good milk price, farmers want to keep milking throughout […]

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With the cold weather, long nights and Christmas on the horizon, there is no denying that we have truly entered the depths of winter. While kept busy with winter feeding and maintaining housing, for some, there is the added workload of Winter A.I.

Because of the good milk price, farmers want to keep milking throughout the year as much as possible. For any farmer intending to do this next year too, this winter brings on the extra work of monitoring and inseminating cows, as autumn calving is the best way to implement year round milking.

With the risk of safety, infertility and struggling to service indoors, the traditional stock bull is not the best option when inseminating cows at this time of the year.

 

 

It is clear that A.I. is the way forward in many instances. However, a key factor with it is having the right facilities to accommodate the process.

O’Donovan Engineering is on hand to supply an ever increasing adaptable range of heavy duty animal handling equipment to assist with A.I./Dosing/Tagging/Feeding etc. The most popular across our range is the ODEL Fixed Crush.

 

ODEL Fixed Crush

With fixed or hinged panels and the option of many add-ons, we’ll design your cattle crush to suit your needs. Our experienced technical team is available to answer any queries you may have, or to give you practical advice in designing your ideal crush.

 

Crush Gate

Arguably the most important feature of any crush, our heavy duty semi-automatic crush gate is 710mm wide and measures 1650mm in height. This crush gate has a unique feature of a lock open facility to ease emptying of race. There is an added safety feature in this crush gate of buffer plates to reduce risk of accidental opening of the gate by an animal.

 

 

Anti-Backing Gate

Our Universal Anti-backing gate is a wonderful asset to any crush. This anti-backing gate will facilitate for a space between 218mm – 337mm and with 60OD pipe it will accommodate a width of 218mm – 325mm. It can be fitted to either side of a crush depending on what way your crush is running by simply turning it upside-down.

With the added benefit of the wheel, animals can walk past the gate with ease and once they do it returns to its original position, stopping the animal if they attempt to go back.

 

 

For more information contact us on 021-7334066 or info@odonovaneng.ie

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Autumn Calving Management: Top Tips for Calf Layouts http://www.odonovaneng.ie/2017/08/30/autumn-calving-management-top-tips-calf-layouts/ http://www.odonovaneng.ie/2017/08/30/autumn-calving-management-top-tips-calf-layouts/#respond Wed, 30 Aug 2017 14:06:48 +0000 http://www.odonovaneng.ie/?p=6677 Autumn Calving is almost upon us. A decision many farmers face during any calving period is the ratio of Group Calving Layouts to Individual Calf Pens. Both are great, both are necessary, and, like anything, both have their advantages and disadvantages. Lets delve a little deeper: 1.Feeding: -Individual Calf Pens: These are very good for early […]

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Autumn Calving is almost upon us. A decision many farmers face during any calving period is the ratio of Group Calving Layouts to Individual Calf Pens. Both are great, both are necessary, and, like anything, both have their advantages and disadvantages. Lets delve a little deeper:

1.Feeding:

-Individual Calf Pens:

  • These are very good for early calf development as new-borns are not competing with each other for milk. Therefore, you can clearly see if the calf is drinking as much as it should be etc.
  • These pens take the strain out of training new calves to drink. Anybody who’s fed calves knows the hardship of trying to train a new calf to drink whilst getting swarmed by a bunch of hungry calves!
  • However, despite these positives there is the negative aspect of feeding being very time consuming compared to group penning.

-Calf Group Penning:

  • Feeding time is greatly reduced as you are feeding many calves at a time. Usually 10 depending on size of the pen.
  • A must for when calves get to the stage of being fed hay and rations.
  • Gates can be ordered here http://www.odonovaneng.ie/product-category/agriculture/calf/calf-feeding/ in horizontal or diagonal bar feed gates to suit customer preference.

Calf Pen

 

2. Bedding:

-Individual Calf Pens:

  • Cleaning out and re-bedding these is very time consuming as you have to move them all in order to clean under them.
  • Having a hinged front gate provides easy access to the calf. This is beneficial as you will be up close and personal with calves in their first couple of days in order to monitor them and feed them.
  • These pens are quick to assemble and dismantle for easy storage.

-Calf Group Penning:

  • Plastic slats are an ideal solution for lie back area reducing labour and cost of bedding. We recommend these above the treated timber slats as they are very comfortable for the calves.
  • As regards space, each calf will need 1.5m2 for the first 19 weeks. 1.7m2 19-32 weeks. 1.8m2 from week 32 on.
  • Ensure calf penning gates are height adjustable and have stock proof latch, as this will allow them to be used longer. Reducing costs etc.

 

3. Health:

Individual Calf Pens:

  • Very Hygienic: Reduces the spread of diseases as calves are separated. This is beneficial for the animal as there is increased risk of contracting a disease in the calves early days.
  • Individual calf pens have the option of a plastic slat or a treated timber slat. We recommend the plastic slat as they are more comfortable for the calf, more hygienic and are easier to clean.

-Calf Group Penning:

  • As the calves get older they are at less risk of contracting a disease and spreading it amongst the herd. So having them together in group pens is both safe and hugely efficient (as mentioned in the feeding and bedding sections above).
  • The physical design of the shed should also be considered to ensure a well ventilated building, with minimal draughts. However, good ventilation is also important, as this prevents the build up of air-bourne diseases, reduces the moisture in the air and prevents both irritant gases and smell.

 

 

4. Water:

-Individual Calf Pens:

  • Teat feeders and the clip on bucket rings for feeding the calves milk should be utilized here to supply water to the animal on an ad lib basis.

-Calf Group Pens:

  • Water should be available on an ad-lib basis.
  • Water should be available to the animals in a bowl with a reservoir as they will be enticed to drink.

 

 

All in all the best calf rearing system would incorporate both of these options. Individual calf pens are undeniably ideal for new born calves. However, as calves progress, group penning makes it easier to manage larger numbers of bigger calves.

Recommended ratio is 10% for individual calf pens, as in if you are calving 100 cows you should have a minimum of 10 individual calf pens.

We here at O’ Donovan Engineering specialise in both new calf houses and conversions of existing buildings. Our in house sales and engineering team will visit your farm to plan out your calving shed and design the most efficient and safe layout to suit your yard, call 021-7334066.

 

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Saber Drafting System http://www.odonovaneng.ie/2017/07/07/saber-drafting-system/ http://www.odonovaneng.ie/2017/07/07/saber-drafting-system/#respond Fri, 07 Jul 2017 13:09:15 +0000 http://www.odonovaneng.ie/?p=6643 Saber Drafting System We are delighted to announce that we are now collaborating with Saber (LIC Automation) to provide a simple two-way or three-way automated drafting system in Ireland. LIC is a Farm Automation company from New Zealand which is adding to our already extensive New Zealand product range of Prattley and Tru-Test. Saber is […]

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Saber Drafting System

We are delighted to announce that we are now collaborating with Saber (LIC Automation) to provide a simple two-way or three-way automated drafting system in Ireland. LIC is a Farm Automation company from New Zealand which is adding to our already extensive New Zealand product range of Prattley and Tru-Test.

Saber is LIC Automation’s range of farm automation and sensor technologies that empower you to do what you do better.  Saber provides an extra pair of hands during peak drafting periods like mating and dry off.

Saber provides a range of farm automation modules that allow you to build a system that suits your farm. Saber draft can act as a standalone system or can connect together with Saber SCC and Saber Heat.

When you install Saber Draft you’ll enjoy:

  • Simple automated two-way or three-way drafting gate
  • Robust system that takes the hassle out of drafting
  • Easy to use software that works on your phone/tablet
  • A great entry into automation that has the ability to grow with your farm
  • Real time confirmation that drafts are occurring
  • Remote control for instant drafting of cows with no EID tags
  • Simple reports such as missing cows and cows drafted
  • A low level of computer literacy and training required to get the system up and running

Identification is carried out via an antenna at the drafting gate using the cow’s RFID ear tag. Ear tags are located in the animal’s right ear, and unique to each cow. Care must be taken when designing the yard layout, as cow flow can be impacted severely if careful thought is not given prior to install.

It is also possible to add Saber SCC or Saber Heat to your Drafting System.

Saber Heat:

Saber Heat automatically identifies standing heats by reading Saber heat patches.

Cows are automatically drafted when the Saber heat patch is activated or missing. Cows can then easily be inspected for Artificial Insemination (AI).

When you install Saber Heat you’ll enjoy:

  • Automatic identification of standing heats via an activated or missing Saber heat patch
  • Automatic drafting of cows that are identified with an activated or missing Saber heat patch
  • Easy identification of non-cyclers for corrective action
  • Easier mating allowing you to extend AB and reduce or eliminate the use of live bulls
  • Simple suite of reports with previous heat information to aid mating decisions

How Saber Heat Works:

  • The Saber booth is installed before the Saber drafting gate.
  • As cows exit the dairy shed they walk through the Saber booth and a photo is taken of their Saber heat patch
  • If a Saber heat patch is detected as activated or missing, the cow is automatically drafted (either straight away or at your specified milking).
  • After milking, reports are available with previous heat information enabling informed decision making on whether to put a cow up for AI.

Saber SCC:

Saber SCC sensors are automated, in-line sensors that provide you with a live SCC result within two minutes of cupping the cow. Software on your phone or tablet allows you to record SCC results against cows, without the need for a herd identification system. It couldn’t be easier!

When you install Saber SCC you’ll enjoy:

  • SCC results displayed live on your phone/tablet.
  • Early warning of clinical and sub-clinical mastitis.
  • Improved bulk SCC management.
  • Extended milking seasons due to improved selection of cows for dry off.
  • Increased profitability.

Saber SCC sensors work in both rotary and herringbone parlours and with or without an electronic animal identification system.

How it works:

Saber SCC measures SCC by measuring the DNA released from somatic cells in the milk. The amount of DNA released is directly proportional to the number of somatic cells in the milk. Saber SCC does not measure conductivity or some other part of the milk as it is not an accurate measure of true SCC levels.

Saber SCC mounts directly onto the milk-line. The long milk hose is connected to Saber SCC prior to the milk-line inlet. Saber SCC will automatically collect a small sample of milk approximately 30 seconds after activation. Saber SCC then mixes the sample with a specially designed reagent, CellGel™, to get the accurate SCC reading.

For more information on the Saber Drafting rage please do not hesitate to contact us on 021-7334066 or info@odonovaneng.ie

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CowPow Moo-ving Feed Barrier – Adlib Feeding http://www.odonovaneng.ie/2017/05/16/cowpow-moo-ving-feed-barrier-adlib-feeding/ http://www.odonovaneng.ie/2017/05/16/cowpow-moo-ving-feed-barrier-adlib-feeding/#respond Tue, 16 May 2017 09:44:26 +0000 http://www.odonovaneng.ie/?p=6575 Recent studies by US nutritionists have used time-lapse cameras to show that dairy farmers who try adlib feeding rarely succeed. Nutritionists say cows like to eat a little 10 to 15 times a day. If they do not eat for 6 to more hours they are likely to over eat when feed is available leading […]

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Recent studies by US nutritionists have used time-lapse cameras to show that dairy farmers who try adlib feeding rarely succeed. Nutritionists say cows like to eat a little 10 to 15 times a day. If they do not eat for 6 to more hours they are likely to over eat when feed is available leading to digestive upsets. The CowPow feed barrier is the perfect solution to this problem, it allows cows to eat adlib by pushing the barrier forward with them.

The O Donovan Engineering Patented Cow Pow system. This moving feed barrier allows the cattle to push forward in order for them to reach the silage. The Cow Pow has been in operation on farms in Ireland and across Europe for the past 20 years.

Cow Pow Barrier

It dramatically reduces workload and you will see a notable tranquillity in stock. This moving feed barrier allows you to feed cattle just once or twice a week, reducing labour costs significantly. This system reduces the need for feed space for animals gaining you up to 30% more cubicle space. This system gives greater yields.

The benefits of the system include:

  • Notable tranquillity of stock
  • Feeding only once or twice a week, saving up to 70% labour time
  • Gain up to 30% more space for cubicles
  • Higher stocking rate in beef cattle pens
  • 24 hour access to silage allowing animals to follow a natural grazing pattern
  • 10% higher silage intake/ savings on concentrates
  • Healthier stock, fewer injuries
  • Improved yields

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Technical Data:

  • Total forward feeding of up to 220cm/7ft
  • One or two sided feed passage
  • Feed Space per cow: 23cm
  • Three stage locking system optional
  • Maximum fall per bay 8cm
  • Slope from centre of passage: 5cm
  • Side safety mat for maximum security

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Aquamat Pasture Pump http://www.odonovaneng.ie/2017/05/02/aquamat-pasture-pump-2/ http://www.odonovaneng.ie/2017/05/02/aquamat-pasture-pump-2/#respond Tue, 02 May 2017 13:40:48 +0000 http://www.odonovaneng.ie/?p=6568 Pasture pump on the market. It is suitable for both horses and cattle. Its reliability has been tried and tested for over 20 years. The Aquamat pasture pump ensures that your animals have a constant supply of fresh water. The Aquamat is reliable and sturdy. Its push rod surrounds the mechanism to avoid accidents. It […]

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Cow drinking from Aquamat

Pasture pump on the market. It is suitable for both horses and cattle. Its reliability has been tried and tested for over 20 years. The Aquamat pasture pump ensures that your animals have a constant supply of fresh water.

The Aquamat is reliable and sturdy. Its push rod surrounds the mechanism to avoid accidents. It is made from polyethylene and cast-iron.

It is easily pushed by animals and is suitable for up to 10-15 animals. It is also available with a side bowl option for suckler cows with calf at foot. The Aquamat has a non-return valve feature to prevent the pump from running dry.

This unique pasture pump can pump 7m in depth or 70m in length.

This pasture pump is very popular for the GLAS scheme; Protection of Watercourses from Bovines, the deadline to the complete works for GLAS 3 is 31st May 2017. These pasture pumps are also very popular for the LIFE scheme to protect fresh water pearl muscle.

 Aquamat

Operating Principle:

While pushing the animal activates a diaphragm drawing the water through the tube. A non-return valve prevents the pump from running dry. Releasing the mechanism, the water flows into the small bowl under the rush lever.

With its rewarding inclined bowl, it’s natural for the animals to learn to push the lever with their muzzle when they want to drink the water from the back of the bowl.

The Aquamat mechanism is very light to operate, which makes it also suitable for horses and calves from 6 months onwards. For nursing cows followed by their young, a special model is available featuring a small built-in bowl next to the trough allowing the calf and adult to drink simultaneously.

Aquamat

Learning Process:

When starting up a pasture pump, you always have to pump the water to help the animals find the water more easily.

To protect the pump and help the animals learn, you can install barriers next to and behind the pump to guide their access to it from the front.

Aquamat with side bowlAquaat Pasture Pump

 

For more information call us on 0217334066 or you can buy online here.

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New Mineral Lick Bucket Stand http://www.odonovaneng.ie/2017/04/24/new-mineral-lick-bucket-stand/ http://www.odonovaneng.ie/2017/04/24/new-mineral-lick-bucket-stand/#respond Mon, 24 Apr 2017 10:04:25 +0000 http://www.odonovaneng.ie/?p=6563 Our new mineral lick bucket stand protects mineral licks from unwanted guests such as badgers and vermin to prevent the lick from passing TB and other diseases these animals may carry. The stand is now 500mm off the ground to keep it away from wildlife. The newly added feature of crown provides animals the opportunity to […]

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Our new mineral lick bucket stand protects mineral licks from unwanted guests such as badgers and vermin to prevent the lick from passing TB and other diseases these animals may carry. The stand is now 500mm off the ground to keep it away from wildlife.

New Mineral Lick Stand

The newly added feature of crown provides animals the opportunity to scratch without damaging the mineral lick bucket. This scratching aid also keeps animals more content in the field.

New Mineral Bucket Stand

We have been testing this stand for the past few months and are very happy with the results, not only does it protect the lick from badgers it also prevents livestock from kicking the bucket over and dirtying the lick.

For more information contact us on 021-7334066 or you can purchase online here.

New Bucket Stand

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Prattley Manual Drafter **Special Offer** http://www.odonovaneng.ie/2017/04/18/prattley-manual-drafter-special-offer/ http://www.odonovaneng.ie/2017/04/18/prattley-manual-drafter-special-offer/#respond Tue, 18 Apr 2017 11:06:57 +0000 http://www.odonovaneng.ie/?p=6556 Prattley is the world leader in light weight animal handling equipment, using cutting edge technology. Prattley’s prime aim is to produce quality sheep handling equipment that helps you to attain maximum efficiency. Despite its light weight, Prattley sheep equipment is sturdy and long lasting, built to withstand the toughest treatment your stock can dish out. […]

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Prattley is the world leader in light weight animal handling equipment, using cutting edge technology. Prattley’s prime aim is to produce quality sheep handling equipment that helps you to attain maximum efficiency. Despite its light weight, Prattley sheep equipment is sturdy and long lasting, built to withstand the toughest treatment your stock can dish out.

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The Prattley Manual Drafter enables up to 3-way drafting, its practical design keeps the operator out of sheep’s vision. While you are operating the drafter with one hand, the other hand is left free to monitor and check stock. Prattley’s innovative design allows Sliding Gates move easily and quietly to ensure stock are not frightened and can run seamlessly through the drafter. This manual sheep drafter’s simple no-tool adjustment allows you to weigh any animal from biggest ram to smallest lamb without complication.

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Call us today to find out more about our special offer on the Prattley Manual Drafter on 0217334066 or email us on info@odonovaneng.ie.

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The New SRS2 & XRS2 EID Tag Readers http://www.odonovaneng.ie/2017/03/21/new-srs2-xrs2-eid-tag-readers/ http://www.odonovaneng.ie/2017/03/21/new-srs2-xrs2-eid-tag-readers/#respond Tue, 21 Mar 2017 10:01:01 +0000 http://www.odonovaneng.ie/?p=6533 Wanting an EID reader capable of keeping up with even the fastest animals? We have the solution for you. Tru-Test EID readers deliver information about your livestock rapidly. View individual animal tag data and capture management information against the EIDs to help inform your animal health, mating and culling decisions. All readers are NAIT tag, […]

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Wanting an EID reader capable of keeping up with even the fastest animals?

We have the solution for you.

Tru-Test EID readers deliver information about your livestock rapidly. View individual animal tag data and capture management information against the EIDs to help inform your animal health, mating and culling decisions.

All readers are NAIT tag, FDX and HDX compatible with built-in memory and wireless Bluetooth connectivity. Casings are rugged, reliable, water, dust and shock proof.

The new XRS2 and SRS2 Stick Readers have long life internal batteries, clear readable displays and are ergonomically designed for comfort over long periods of use.

XRS2 Stick Reader

Maximise individual animal performance and back up critical health, mating and culling decisions by using the XRS2 EID Stick Reader to view and capture animal information.

Suitable for cattle, sheep and deer, the XRS2 features a large, highly readable screen and alphanumeric keypad for capturing important information from the yard.

Bluetooth® wireless technology connects your reader to your Weigh Scale Indicator and means you can easily share information using your smartphone.

  • Large sunlight viewable 2.7” colour LCD screen makes it easy to read.
  • Alphanumeric keypad for flexible data entry.
  • Fast tag reads with feedback through vibrating handle.
  • Customisable alerts such as cull.
  • Add and edit session names to keep track of each session.
  • Capture animal information such as condition scores in up to 15 custom data fields.
  • Easily download recorded information using your Windows* computer or Apple iOS*/Android* smartphone.

XRS2 EID READER

SRS2 Stick Reader

Keep track of individual animals with the easy-to-use, ergonomically designed SRS2 EID Stick Reader.

Suitable for cattle, sheep and deer, the SRS2 features a large, highly readable screen to display the session count, EIDs and pre-loaded VID numbers.

Bluetooth® wireless technology connects with your Weigh Scale Indicator and means you can easily send session information to NAIT via the Data Link smartphone app.

  • Large sunlight viewable 2.7” colour LCD screen makes it easy to read.
  • Fast tag reads with feedback through vibrating handle.
  • Quick access keys for simple navigation.
  • Wirelessly connect with your weigh scale indicator using Bluetooth® wireless technology.
  • Practical and safe to use with long reach.
  • Rugged and ergonomic design.
  • Easily download recorded information using your Windows* computer or Apple iOS*/Android* smartphone.

SRS2 STICK READER

 

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Feed4 MobileTrough http://www.odonovaneng.ie/2017/03/09/feed4-mobiletrough/ http://www.odonovaneng.ie/2017/03/09/feed4-mobiletrough/#respond Thu, 09 Mar 2017 14:47:04 +0000 http://www.odonovaneng.ie/?p=6525 It may not be time to turn out your calves just yet however it is something to start thinking about. This time of the year can be a very busy stressful time of year so here at O’ Donovan Engineering we aim to reduce your labour on the farm. One of the latest products to […]

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It may not be time to turn out your calves just yet however it is something to start thinking about. This time of the year can be a very busy stressful time of year so here at O’ Donovan Engineering we aim to reduce your labour on the farm. One of the latest products to be added to our extensive product range is the ‘Feed 4’ Mobile Feed Trough. This trough can be easily moved around the farm by a quad or jeep, making it easier to feed calves when turned out to ensure they continue to thrive and also to move livestock from field to field.

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This trough is 16ft long with a unique feature of folding into an 8ft trough for ease of transportation. This feature makes it much easier to move the trough around the farm from field to field. When the trough is folded in for the transport position it is 5.5ft wide. There is an easy hinge system to fold out the trough which folds over the hitch for animal safety and to ensure the trough cannot be transported in field mode. There is 32ft linear feed space with this trough and it is 625mm off the ground to suit young and old stock.

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The mobile feed trough can save you time by eliminating the need of moving free standing troughs individually to each paddock with the use of a tractor. It is also a safer way of moving troughs around the farm and removes the chance of damage to a trough during lifting and transporting. The ‘Feed 4’ mobile trough can also aid the moving of young livestock from field to field as they will follow the trough without any safety worries. However this trough is not road legal, it is intended to be used solely around the farm.

 

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Crush Equipment http://www.odonovaneng.ie/2017/02/28/crush-equipment/ http://www.odonovaneng.ie/2017/02/28/crush-equipment/#respond Tue, 28 Feb 2017 13:54:51 +0000 http://www.odonovaneng.ie/?p=6514 When it comes to investing in livestock handling equipment strength, safety and durability should be the key decision factors. Investing in the correct equipment is essential in maximising efficiency and ensuring safety on your farm. A fixed cattle crush is an essential feature in any farm yard to handle animals safely. O’ Donovan Engineering offer […]

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When it comes to investing in livestock handling equipment strength, safety and durability should be the key decision factors. Investing in the correct equipment is essential in maximising efficiency and ensuring safety on your farm.

A fixed cattle crush is an essential feature in any farm yard to handle animals safely. O’ Donovan Engineering offer customers a simple adaptable crush system. With options of hinged or fixed crush panels and a range of accessories, we can design your cattle crush to suit your specific needs.

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The ODEL crush gate is a heavy duty gate, with an adjustable neck width to suit all size of animals. This crush gate is semi-automatic for increased safety while handling livestock. It has a unique feature of a lock open facility to ease emptying of race. There is an added safety feature in this crush gate of buffer plates to reduce risk of accidental opening of gate by animal.

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O’ Donovan Engineering manufacture 4 bar fixed and hinged crush panels. The hinged panel can be opened easily in the event of an animal going down in the race. Customers are advised to have their first panel hinged as a safety feature and for a vet to easily access the animal. After the first hinged panel, we advise customers to put in a pedestrian gate to allow easy access to the animal and also for ease of AI. A secure collecting pen with a slip through for easy access and escape is also advised.

We have anti-backing gates both to suit the ODEL crush panels and also a new Universal Anti-Backing Gate which will suit a crush with 48OD or 60OD pipe. If you have a 48OD pipe this anti-backing gate will facilitate for a space between 218mm – 337mm and with 60OD pipe it will accommodate a width of 218mm – 325mm.

uni-anti-backing-gate anti backing gate

A scoop is also a great benefit in any crush. The moulded plastic scoop dramatically reduces the available side to side movement of the animal’s head, providing greater safety for both animal and operator. The Super Scoop takes the strain out of tasks such as dosing and ear tagging. It keeps the head up so reducing the risk of the animal choking. The locking ratchet mechanism is improved by using a concentric ratchet locking face and pawl allowing for an easier release when under load. This reduces strain on the operator and animal. The central pivot point now has a larger bore and a new bearing spreads load over a greater area, significantly reducing wear on that component.

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On many farms each year, lameness in both beef cattle and dairy cows can cause severe financial loss. It is well know that the early treatment of this disease is important to maintain weight gain and milk production. An essential requirement is a proper examination of the affected leg. The Hoofnak Veterinary Hoof Hoist is an award winning device designed for ease of use in those difficult situation where an animal must be examined in detail and it prevents the kind of struggling and strenuous lifting that is so often a part of such an examination. The Hoofnack unit which can be easily mounted to any cattle crush. It takes a significant amount of risk away from the dangerous procedure of treating and maintaining animals hoof. The unit can be positioned and moved along the length of any crush to suit the position of the animal.

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