2021 - Volume #45, Issue #4, Page #24[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Robot Feed Pusher Follows Track
“The Pro-Feed 2020 lifts feed up with its plastic auger, freshening the feed,” says Greg Luth, Valmetal. “A plastic scraper underneath the machine pushes feed into the auger, remixing any components that have separated.”
The robot follows a trail of magnets drilled into the concrete floor every 5-ft. for straight lines and closer for curves. The operator can use the touch screen on the robot to control it or use an app- equipped device or computer. The robot can be programmed to operate at different time intervals throughout the day or evening. It can also be programmed to lift its scraper when passing over a walkway in between feeding aisles.
When the two 12V, 105 Ah batteries are depleted, they follow magnets to a dock at a 110 outlet for automatic recharging. If a problem occurs, the robot will text the operator.
The 1,540-lb. robot is 79 in. long, 43 1/2 in. wide and 33 1/2 in. high. “The smooth surface ensures an animal can’t touch it or grab it,” says Luth.
The robot has been in use in Germany for about 4 years before being introduced in Canada and finally the U.S.
Luth notes that while the Pro-Feed 2020 was designed for use with dairy, it is rapidly finding a home in the beef industry. The basic unit sells for $30,971.
Other robotic systems from Valmetal include bedding delivery and feed and hay distribution using overhead rails.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Valmetal, 230, Industriel Blvd., Saint-Germain-de-Grantham, Que. Canada J0C 1K0 (ph 819 395-4282; email@example.com; www.valmetal.com) or Valmetal, 15497 State Hwy 131, Tomah, Wis. 54660 (ph 608 374-2206; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.valmetal.com).
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