DeLaval announced the launch of OptiDuo robotic feed refresher — an automated feed pusher and remixer working twice as hard to help improve farm productivity.
According to DeLaval, not only does the robotic unit push feed back to the feed bunk, but it remixes it, making it more appealing to cows by avoiding compression and helping to reduce waste. More visits to the feedbunk may also mean better cow traffic and less competition and stress while eating.
With OptiDuo, cows can consume more, resulting in higher milk yields of up to 4.4 lb. per day, the company said. OptiDuo is the only feed pusher on the market with an optional concentrate dispenser, further enticing cows to eat more.
The unit’s adaptive drive system gives producers the flexibility to feed their herds seasonally as OptiDuo can effectively handle varying amounts and types of feed, including total mixed ration, straw, hay and fresh grass, DeLaval said.
DeLaval OptiDuo works well with barns of all types, perfect for both conventional and robotic milking systems. “It’s a great addition to any DeLaval VMS operation because it complements the dairy producer’s feeding strategy between the milking robot and the feed bunk,” Muhieddine Labban, robotics solution manager, said. “The DeLaval body condition scoring system, which helps monitor cow health, can maximize OptiDuo’s efficiency by delivering the right feed ration to cows.”
DeLaval said OptiDuo was previewed at dairy industry tradeshows in the U.S. and Canada and is now available for sales in North America.