28 July 1995

Sheep feeding systems could help lower costs

By Nigel Burnham

TWO feeding systems from North Yorkshire are claimed to reduce calf and sheep rearing costs.

The Bale Bin, designed by University of Teeside student Quintin Komaroy, is a sheep feeder said to be waste-free and capable of use in all weathers.

Looking like a "Wheelie-bin", the Bale Bin accommodates a single bale and enables six to eight sheep to feed at the same time. The bins lid keeps the hay dry while the shape of the base encourages sheep to pull out only what they need.

Mr Komaroy says his device is designed to provide a feeding system for small groups of animals, somewhere between a hay net and a large roofed trough, which reduces the amount of feed trampled into wet ground and wasted.

&#8226 From his base at Southwick Farm, near Leyburn, Frank Allinson has developed a feeding system for group-housed calves.

Badged Alligator, the system comprises a pre-fabricated six-place calf gate with individual yoke restraints, bucket feeders and a dry feed trough.

"Because each calf is gently restrained before, during and after feeding, it eases handling enabling convenient bedding up and individual veterinary inspection/treatment," Mr Allinson says.

"It reduces stress in that calves remain in one place during feeding – preventing navel sucking, cross-feeding and general agitation – and it allows group-housed calves to be fed and treated as individuals."

Suitable for feeding calves of up to 12 weeks, the Alligator is said to be quick to dismantle and install. Both the bucket feeders and the dry feed trough are removable for cleaning.

Price of a six-place unit is £250.n

Two feeding devices from North Yorkshire inventors: Quintin Komaroys Bale Bin (left) reduces waste when feeding small numbers of sheep in the field, while Frank Allinsons Alligator system is claimed to enable stress-free feeding and handling of calves up to 12 weeks of age.