EasySwing Cow Brush - Large - Cow Comfort Cattle Brush - Cow Scratcher works for Cows, Horses, Goats and other Livestock - Strong Enough for Bulls Yellow
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It’s a natural instinct. If cows are in a field they’ll rub up against hedges, gates, posts, trees – anything that offers some resistance,” says Dairy Spares’ Tim Evanson. For that reason, Mr Evanson says it’s not a good idea to just put in one brush to ‘see if the cows take to it’. “Believe me, they will. And they’ll fight over it and it will get ‘hammered’. It will appear to keep the cows happy and busy for so long, but then it will break.” Our automatic rotating cow brushes are eligible for grants under the Farming Equipment and Technology Fund products FETF98 and FETF99. Non-powered brushes
x 80mm M12 steel anchor bolts for fixing the brush to concrete panels. (You will need to pre-drill holes using an M12 masonry drill bit) A non-mechanical non-moving brush installed on a wall or rail cannot offer all-round access and so will service fewer cows. And there’s no need to take his word for it. In a trial, cows were monitored three months prior to brush installation and for a further six months after brushes were fitted. “The time cows spent grooming themselves was more than six times greater than before the brushes were installed, Non-mechanical ‘swing’ or ‘sprung’ brushes siting is not as stringent. “They should be installed where the cows will use them, when they’re housed or when they come inside during the summer for buffer feeding. Cows love to use them and so regular cleaning and maintenance to help reduce wear is important.”
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Suitable for animals of different sizes, the static Texas cattle scratching brush provide an economical alternative to automatic cow brushes. They meet the requirements of Farm Assurance Schemes including Arla 360 contracts and are eligible for the Animal Health and Welfare grant FETF233A Static cow brush. Although the intuitive concept of the swinging cow brush being associated with better productivity and increased health may be straightforward, no hard data exist to quantify this potential relationship. Therefore a comparison study of cows experiencing a cow brush was designed, including a contemporary control and pre-study baseline measurements.
When the cow pushes against the brush it rotates automatically for 60-90 seconds, then switches off until pushed again. A safety sensor stops the brush if it catches the cow’s tail. Cow flow can also suffer if there are too few brushes installed. “It can actually serve to create stress, rather improve cow welfare and comfort, if the brushes themselves are a ‘pinch point’. Cows queuing to use the brushes or dominant cows preventing others from using them may become an issue where are aren’t enough brushes to go around.” They’re robust pieces of kit and, if the brushes are routinely cleaned and the key moving parts greased regularly, they should provide a good service. The work also revealed that cows in a pen with a mechanical brush increased their grooming time approximately five-fold compared to a pen without such a brush. The researchers concluded that a grooming device helps to satisfy the cow’s need for grooming while at the same time improving cow cleanliness. Both these factors (better ‘welfare’ and cleaner cows) may have an impact on disease occurrence and on milk production. Mounting several brushes vertically and horizontally at different heights around your yard or building means your animals can all scratch that itch and choose the position that suits them best.The brush has a sensor which stops it rotating if it meets any resistance, to keep the animals safe and prevent tail hair from getting pulled in. The control unit has an informative display and is IP56 rated again water and dust ingress. They certainly enrich the cow environment. It’s clear to see that cows get a lot of pleasure from the brushes. And the fact that there are also health benefits is the icing on the cake really – and another good reason to consider investing in brushes.” He says that brushes will be particularly popular with cows at this time of year, as they’re losing their winter coats. “They’re itchy and need to stimulate hair shedding and blood flow.”