In a loose barn unit, feed is typically taken from a common feed bunker. The optimal solution is - as far as possible - to make at least one eating space for each cow. This reduces feeding aggression and ensures that all cows have equal access to high quality feed. Two rows of cubicles on each side of the feed bunker ensure that there are at least one feeding space for all cows at the feeding table at the same time.
A barn with three rows of cubicles makes better use of the alleys between the cubicles but means a limited number of space at the feed bunker. The front rail, which separates the eating area from the feed bunker, is most often established by the use of neck rail and/or headlocks.
Headlock with variable neck opening and safety release
The use of headlocks means that the working flow for handling the cattle can be optimised, reducing working hours. Headlocks can be locked automatically and without stress when the animals enter the feeding table. It provides less competition at feeding time and thus a more peaceful feeding. Headlocks can be opened individually, making them useful when sorting the cows, thus minimizing the time on insemination and gestation examinations. The calving age can also be optimised, providing the heifers to be sorted more effectively from team to team.
5 reasons to choose headlocks
- Variable neck opening that can be customized to fit the animal group
- Safety release, ensuring a release of any sick animals
- Silent headlock function due to plastic piles at the tilt pole
- Long durability as bushings in the tilt rod can be replaced
- Easy division of the animals, providing a good overview of the barn