JFC Manufacturing won a Silver medal at the 2015, National Dairy Innovation Awards. The awards took place as part of the National Dairy Show in Cork on October 17th.
Launched at the National Ploughing Championships 2015, JFC ‘s “Dumpy – Tip-over Drinker” is an all-new 3.5 litre rotating drink bowl, that allows the farmer to empty the bowl by the press of a button. The bowl operates by gravity, simply using the weight of the contents to swing 180 degrees, while dumping the entire contents of the drinker onto the ground/slats. This innovative drinker also swings back to a working position all within the same movement.
The “Dumpy – Tip-over Drinker” from JFC offers an innovative solution to the problem of high SCC (somatic cell count) on Irish farms. High SCC can be attributed to many factors and is often related to primary management practices, including milking equipment and technique, housing, cleanliness of the environment, “hygienic quality of water” and feed, preventive health measures and stress.
The “hygienic quality of drinking water” available to cows can be major contributor to high SCC, farmers are well aware of the importance of having fresh drinking water available for their animals, as a result the daily chores include the cleaning of the drinkers from which the animals drink from particularly the indoor drinkers.
This is usually an unpleasant task which may have to be carried out several times per day and until now no one has come up with a drinker that makes this task a little easier.
JFC’s “Dumpy – Tip-over Drinker” comes complete with protection bracket and will be available nationwide from November 2015, with a recommended retail price of €155.