DeLaval swinging cow brush sales top 30 000
DeLaval announced today that it has hit the 30 000 sales mark for its swinging cow brush, a self-grooming device that keeps cows happier, healthier and more productive.
“The swinging cow brush is very popular among dairy farmers thanks to its many customer benefits. Definitely a DeLaval success story,” DeLaval Vice President Business Area Aftermarket & Services Tim Nicolaï said.
Cows using DeLaval swinging cow brush SCB are cleaner, calmer and therefore more balanced. A study conducted by Cornell University in 2009 on DeLaval SCB showed better animal health due to an increase in blood circulation. It concluded that clinical mastitis was 34% lower for cows in second and higher lactation using the SCB. The research team also reported increased milk production of up to +1kg per day (3.5%) for cows in second lactation in a pen using the swinging cow brush, compared to a reference group kept under the same conditions without access to the SCB.
“A cow that grooms herself with the swinging cow brush can produce more milk from the exact same resources and input. That is one of the reasons why it is so popular among dairy farmers. Improved general health leads to less treatment and culling costs so cow health is improved and farmers’ profits boosted,” DeLaval Director Portfolio Farm Supplies Barbara Strunk explained.
The SCB is one of the DeLaval Sustainable Dairy Farming (SDF) solutions. The swinging cow brush improves cow welfare and productivity. SDF is an initiative that aims to reduce the environmental footprint of farms while improving milk production, farm profitability and the well-being of the people and animals involved.
DeLaval SCB starts to rotate on contact at an animal-friendly speed. It swings freely in all directions, smoothly up, over and alongside the cow. The bristles have the right length and hardness to stimulate the blood circulation whilst helping the cow to keep clean and calm. The unique patented design is approved by the DLG (Deutsche Landwirtschafts- Gesellschaft – German Agricultural Society). Click on the following links: swinging cow brush images and cow grooming herself video.