Best thing since milk!
The milk shuttle is a portable milk warming and dispensing unit. We received our unit last month and are very pleased with its function…it’ s ALL function. This unit will warm and agitate the milk until YOU are ready to feed calves. Then the unit will drive to your destination to auto dispense milk. It can remember a number of different amounts of liquid. The unit will automatically stop dispensing if you reach the lower critical temperature, important with calves. The unit is easy to clean and stores tight to any space. We needed no barn renovations to run the shuttle from milk house to calf hutches. Once a drudgery, feeding calves is cake, now everyone enjoys the short trip outside. Our goal was to feed entirely whole milk to our calves, the shuttle allows us to achieve this!
Joe and I attended a day at the World Dairy Expo last week. We spent 6 hours visiting with vendors and collecting information for our farm. The vendors closed at 5 pm and we headed through the barns to view show cows of all dairy breeds. Most vendors on our list had to do with calf health. Currently we only two areas to address within calf raising; birds in the wean pen water=e coli YUCK and sickness that effects 3% of our baby calves after the first week of life.
Here is a short list of new vendors:
Milk Shuttle portable milk feeding unit
Globimax specialized egg proteins for calf milk
Calf Veranda group pen system
And of course I took photos of the Expo, check them out!
During the summer months we out pasture our heifers at the farm. This means we open a lane that the girls can walk down to graze pasture that is removed from the farm yard. In order to keep them comfortable we supply water in the field. This also allows them to spend more time grazing and less time walking. We use a 1000 gallon water wagon to supply the fresh water. The wagon is usually pulled by a tractor or farm truck.
I filled the tanks and made sure everyone had a chance to drink. This time in the field also allows Joe and I to see how everyone is doing. We monitor fly problems and also can see if anyone is close to calving.
While the rest of the family worked…Kota decided to stay in the truck. It seemed she knew the routine and decided the short trip would be over soon enough, and there was no reason to leave the vehicle.