Sunday, 25 June 2017

First day out and major problem

The remote on the left is my old 3 function that I used on my old  Wopa 51 and the remote on the right is the new 5 function on my new Wopa 51.

Now let me explain! Old remote has "on / off" red and green then button underneath red is yoke close button like the new remote on the right the new remote is also yoke close,  when trimming the next move with the remote is to drop the bar behind the cows rump and after 8 years this is second nature😳😳 ON THE NEW REMOTE  the same button is open yoke. So yesterday I missed the 1st cow and 3 more drawing a hoof trimming session with a large number of cow missing the opportunity to make a quick get away before I rectified the open yoke. 

I would like to apologise to farms I will visit in the next few weeks for a number of cows that are presented for me but missed😬😬😬😬 

Grinders placed

I have three grinders " hand held electric rasp for shaving small chips of hoof from a cows claw by a professional claw technician " set on the crush when working. They are 900 watt Metabo grinders with 6 bit 3mm trim tec discs. All blades all face away from the operated. All grinders are bandaged up so if heavily soiled when working a new bandage can be applied. We have a spare grinder for back feet as that grinder has twice the work load and will need replacement tips sooner than the front two grinders, Aluminium guards are added to protect hands from hoof discharge and all grinders have start buttons on the top of the grinders so for more controlled switching. 

The grinder is placed that what ever the high of the crush the grinder can be easily to hand. 

The front grinders are located best for when the crush is a full height for the trimmer to collect and replace yet still out of the working zone

All sorted

Ready for work tomorrow

Saturday, 24 June 2017

Trial setup

Have at last got the Wopa 51 ready for work and before going out to work I video a trial setup.
The biggest problem I have is the 5 function remote control come off a 3 function, looks like it could be a problem. Excuse the foliage mid screen and the photo bomb by my mate Bo the dog 

Heater box built on

Setup so heating when plugged in mains supply so blocks will set quicker when positioned on a foot. 

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Hoofman Branding setup

video
This is the branding setup Charlie & Connor both have for branding on farm. Competitive rates and professional results. 2" 1/2 brands, 2" brands and alphabetical letters 2"

Monday, 12 June 2017

Wopa hoof trimming crushTrailor

Have purchase an Ivor Williams  twin axel plant trailor with low profile tyres for more stability and smooth transport over rough farm tracks to carry the Wopa static crush.
Have put a wireless controlled 4 ton winch on so I can steer the crush on to the trailor when loading. The winch is connect by a plug bolted on the drawbar to the battery on the Peugeot Expert van
Total weight of crush and trailor is 1620 kgs with the crush positioned correctly putting 40kgs weigh on the draw bar of the vehicle. 

Bright light

We have mounted high brightness led lights for working. Two lights over the back feet to reduce shadows and long light on front for a wider and more direct view. We have one mounted on the front of the crush that runes of the battery for that early morning set up.

Sunday, 11 June 2017

More detailed recording 

Working on more detailed recording on farm for more information for farm consultants. The location of DD is something that no consultants request but would be so beneficial to determining the means of prevention and treatments. So much DD recorded on wall ulcers and white line on grass grazing systems yet no DD on the back of the claw. More DD seen on intensive heifer rearing units in the front of the claw and coronary band.
Working as a team to understand and control DD is the future and profit in the dairy industry.