CALAN MOBILE TEST-TUBS
The Calan Mobile Test-Tubs individually feed dairy cattle housed in conventional, tie-stall, or stanchion facilities. The Test-Tub design and operating modes or feeding, withdrawal, transport- provide a complete ration feeding and containment system for confined dairy cows. The Mobile Test-Tubs also give researchers needed flexibility when regulating feeding periods, moving animals or conducting physical examinations. The Test-Tubs do not require supplementary equipment to control or secure individual rations.
Permanently attached onto a heavy-duty, four wheeled steel frame, the Mobile Test-Tub can be pushed freely throughout the facility. Or it can be positioned securely before a stall. A special bracket built into the frame fastens the Test-Tub to a short steel track. The track is bolted to the feed alley floor at right angles to the stall curb.
When slid on the track toward the stall, the Test-Tub locks directly in front of the animal. Access to rations is not restricted; rations are confined to the Test-Tub and to the designated animal.
To ensure ration security, Moblie Test-Tubs require proper installation, including the addition of restrictive piping at the stalls. Detailed plans and instructions are provided. Steel pipes and hardware are purchased locally.
The manger piping, together with the Test-Tub's narrow U-shaped throat opening, controls the animal's feeding position. Head movement is limited, directing the animal to consume its feed over the Test-Tub, rather then drawing feed back into the stall. Spilling loss is thus eliminated.
Restricting animal movement in its feeding position and high tub sidewalls combine to prohibit neighboring animals from stealing each other's feed. Nor can they exchange rations by throwing feed into adjacent tubs.
Airflow within the Test-Tub prevents spoiled feed. Airflow around the Test-Tub into the stall promotes good animal health.
To regulate feeding periods, withdrawal provides a practical means to control ration access. It also allows staff to dispense rations and withhold them until later feeding time. And it eases the task of feeding a group of animals their rations simultaneously.
When a herd returns from the exercise yard or milking parlor, Test-Tubs are kept in withdrawal. The Test-Tub slides back into the alley and locks securely beyond the animal's reach. A retainer pipe fixed slightly above the stall curb discourages attempts to crawl out to the Test-Tub in pursuit of feed. All cows are thereby denied access to all rations until staff can verify stall assignments.
Mobile Test-Tubs can be filled in the withdrawal position either by hand or machine. If alley space is limited, rations can be dispensed with Test-Tubs in feeding position.
The Test-Tub detach easily from the track. Removal from the front of the stall opens unobstructed access to an animal for examination or treatment. Research personnel can handle an animal without standing in a trough or leaning over a manger.
TEST-TUBS FOR SPECIAL APPLICATIONS
American Calan custom designs and manufactures Test-Tubs for particular experiments, animals (goats, dairy & beef cattle, swine.) or research stations. Following an assessment of your specific needs, our engineering staff prepares technical drawings, builds prototypes and conducts appropriate tests. When design and installation specifications are approved, American Calan manufactures and delivers the required number of Test-Tubs.
Following an assessment of your specific need, the American Calan engineering staff prepares technical drawings, builds prototypes and conducts appropriate tests. When design and installation specifications are approved, American Calan manufactures and delivers the required number of Test-Tubs for your particular project.
- Test-Tubs designed for metabolism enclosures
- Test-Tubs for intensive feeding rooms
- Test-Tubs for quarantine housing
- Test-Tubs are manufactured for particular experiments,
animals or research stations