2014-07-16   facebooktwitterrss

GSAH New Product Launch - Feed Passage Coating

A new floor coating, designed to keep feed passages clean and improve intakes by making it more comfortable for cows to eat, has been launched by G Shepherd Animal Health (GSAH).

G Shepherd Animal Health Cow Feed Passage Coating is an epoxy resin-based mix, which is applied in one coat over concrete. It provides a smooth surface for the feeding area, with the result that cows clean up their ration more readily and lick residues off the floor. It is more hygienic than concrete and also helps to reduce wastage.

GSAH Feed Passage

The ingredients in the coating were originally developed for use in the civil engineering industry, which required a hard-wearing floor surface that was resistant to chemical damage, explains GSAH director, Graham Shepherd, who is a qualified veterinarian. His company is based in Preston, Lancashire.

“GSAH Feed Passage Coating is not affected by harsh chemicals and therefore it does not corrode like concrete, as well as being up to four times stronger. The mix can also be used to line troughs,” he adds.

“There is no real need to clean the surface, as the cows will do it for you, although it can be power-washed if necessary. It is especially useful where concrete passages are worn and uneven and it also makes it easier to push feed up to the barrier.

“The material is very fast drying and machinery can usually run over the surface within 24 hours of application, which makes it appropriate for zero grazing systems. The coating gives a very smart appearance to the feeding area and comes in a range of colours, which run through the material, so they do not wear off.”

Nutritionist Viewpoint
Encouraging DMIs (dry matter intakes) and keeping feeding areas clean are two important factors, when it comes to maximising cow performance, according to national cattle nutrition expert, Paul Findley of Best Fed Nutrition. He believes that GSAH Cow Feed Passage Flooring is a significant development in dairy cow management, because it improves cleanliness, compared with concrete, as well as keeping the feeding area free of greasy food residues.

“It’s difficult to put a figure on increased DMIs, but cows will eat up better on a clean, smooth surface, compared with concrete flooring,” says Paul. “Any measure which can encourage them to eat is bound to enhance milk yields and I will be advising my clients to consider having it installed.”

Farmer Perspective
Graham Robson, Roe Farm, Catterall, Lancashire
Dairy herd: 180 Holstein Friesians averaging 10,000kgs

Graham describes GSAH Feed Passage Coating as “as hard as nails.” He says the surface has remained undamaged, despite driving over it daily with a feeder wagon.

“I like to provide my cows with the best possible environment, in order to maximise yields. Making the surface cleaner and more comfortable was part of that process.

“There is no real need to power wash the floor, as the cows lick it clean themselves. I like GSAH Feed Passage Coating and it will definitely be part of any new building that is put up on the farm; it has done a good job.”

Background
The epoxy resin ingredient combination of GSAH Feed Passage Coating has been around since the mid-1990s. It was originally developed for the civil engineering industry, where a tough surface was needed, to cope with harsh chemicals. More recently, it has been applied to garage floors used by motor sport enthusiasts, where a level floor that is resistant to corrosive materials is required. The material is also used in hospitals, to improve hygiene.

Application rates (may vary, depending on condition of underlying concrete)
Rough floor – 4.0kgs/square metre
New floor – 2.5kgs/square metre

Self-levelling, so no need to smooth it off
Recommendation application width – 1.2-1.5 metre band
Straightforward to apply, but we recommend using our own professionals, for best results

Application Process
Pressure wash, acid clean, dry, mix, apply, squeegee, roller and allow to dry for 24 hours before use.

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