MADISON, Wis. — Thousands of visitors from the United States and nearly 100 countries from around the world traveled to the World Dairy Expo during the first week of October.
In addition to the cattle shows held throughout the five-day show and educational seminars, the event features a large trade show where companies display a wide variety of products that dairymen use to manage their herds and complete tasks on their farming operations.
Here are a few of the new products on display at the 2019 show.
Hutch by Calf-Tel, Germantown, Wisconsin: www.calftel.com
Calf-Tel launched its 2020 product line at the World Dairy Expo.
“We have a new style of hutch with a plastic extruded base that is folded into the bottom of the hutch,” said Ashley Hansen, associate marketing manager for Calf-Tel.
“Previously, our hutches had a pipe base and that pipe can freeze to the ground and pop off,” Hansen said. “To eliminate that problem, we have this extruded base that has flex, but also is rigid, so it will last the life of the hutch and we have hutches on farms that are almost 30 years old.”
In addition, Calf-Tel has introduced a customizer feature on the website that gives dairymen the ability to choose the features they prefer for their calf hutches.
“They can work through a bunch of options to build a hutch that fits their management style,” Hansen said.
Calf-Tel offers indoor calf pens along with the outdoor hutches.
“Last year, we launched our on-line store where we sell a lot of our accessories,” Hansen said. “All calf raisers can use our accessories like bottles, buckets or calf blankets and we run a lot of specials on the website.”
EasySwing brushes by Agromatic, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin: www.agromatic.net
“New this year is our EasySwing brushes,” said Samantha Carlson, marketing representative for Agromatic. “We are the first company in the U.S. with brushes that are not electric.”
The brushes come in four sizes and the company recommends installing one brush per 60 cows.
“The brushes are completely cow-powered, and they can be mounted anywhere in the facility,” Carlson said. “You don’t have to run electricity to a specific spot.”
Each ring of the brush is individually replaceable.
“You save on electricity, the initial cost of the brush and on the replacement brushes,” Carlson said. “The brushes keep the cows cleaner, healthier, and the cows use the brushes to clean themselves instead of other things in the barn that they could damage.”
The company offers BOBMAN machines, which can be used for a variety of tasks including sweeping, scrapping, putting bedding back into stalls and pushing feed up.
“They have self-loading feature that makes it a lot easier than getting off the machine and doing it by hand,” Carlson said.
Cow waterbeds by DCC Waterbeds, Sun Prairie, Wisconsin: www.dccwaterbeds.com
“We are the world leader in cow waterbed sales,” said Scott Hartwell, territory sales manager for DCC Waterbeds. “Our patent is a two-chamber system, and we’ve been selling waterbeds for cows since 1999, so that’s part of what we’re celebrating this year — our 20th year in business.”
Dairy farms are focused on cow comfort.
“Farmers recognize if they can keep their cows comfortable, the cows should generally lie down more; therefore, they can get better production from their animals,” Hartwell said.
The DCC Waterbeds are available in a variety of sizes.
“The waterbeds come on a roll, and they can be 54 inches wide down to 30 inches,” Hartwell said. “Each stall gets an individual bed, and each has two fill points for the two-chambered system.”
A little bedding on top of the waterbed is recommended for dryness.
“We suggest top bedding materials like rice hulls, chopped straw or dried shavings,” Hartwell said. “Many farmers will use lime especially during the hotter, wetter times of the year to try to make sure the cows aren’t at environmental risk for mastitis.”
Teatwand by Onfarm Solutions, Christchurch, New Zealand: www.onfarmsoultions.com
Teatwand was first introduced to dairymen 10 years ago in New Zealand.
“We have been in the states for four years, and we have probably over 100 systems in the states now,” said Ryan McPeake, sales manager for Onfarm Solutions. “Teatwand is an automatic teat sprayer for rotating dairy parlors.”
Teatwand goes in and out under the legs of the cows.
“We use the movement of the platform spinning,” McPeake said. “It can be used to clean the udder as a pre spray or for disinfectant of the teats after milking.”
The Teatwand is a robust product.
“Think about how many motions they do in a day,” McPeake said. “Producers like the simplicity of the product, and they can do the repair work themselves if they need to.”
For more information about the World Dairy Expo, go to www.worlddairyexpo.com.