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Milk Bar Group Feeders

 

For farmers in New Zealand, Ireland and Australia, group feeding from Day 1 is normal. In fact we're pretty sure we've never seen an individual system in any of these countries! Calves are born in the spring so there is a large volume of calves in a short time, making groups of calves the same age an easy task. 

 

There are many benefits to group feeding, most significantly the reduction of time, labour and the improvements in calf behaviour and a lot of study being done around the benefits of group feeding. Learn more about group feeding here!

We love to see calves in groups. They interact and zoom around and in the winter, lie close together for warmth. 

We've developed a full range to give you the perfect feeder to suit your shed and system. 

We go onto hundreds of farms every year and one of the things they all have in common is that none of them are the same!  Rails vary from wood to pipes to gates and all different widths.

So we made fully adjustable hooks to help out and if you have rails in one pen and gates in another, it doesn't matter, your feeder will sit nice and tight and won't tip forward. 

With the feeder sitting upright, all calves have the same amount of milk until the very last drop.

100% bunt proof, even big calves cannot knock the feeder off the rail and they can be flipped upside down to fully drain.

And, they last for ages :) 

Why we use Ezi Lock Hooks where we can

Milk Bar 4

Milk Bar Code: 910180

Volume: 36L
Weight: 3kg
Length: 700mm
Height: 400mm
Width: 300mm
Hooks: Ezi Lock
Handle: Finger Grips

Available: Global

The Milk Bar 4 was originally designed for buffalo calves who have really big heads!

The wider spacing makes this a brilliant feeder for calves that are being milk fed for longer and who need the extra space for shoulders.  

Milk Bar 4 calf feeder feeding calves milk
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Milk Bar 4 calf feeder
Milk Bar 4 calf feeder
Milk Bar 5

Milk Bar Code: 910200

Volume: 15L
Weight: 2kg
Length: 300mm
Height: 360mm
Width: 300mm
Hooks: Moulded 25-40mm
Handle: Carry handle

Optional extra lid

Available: Global

We know, the Milk Bar 5 is probably not enough capacity for some feeding systems, but it's dear to our hearts as the first ever Milk Bar gravity fence hanging feeder and started us on our journey helping calves around the world.

In fact, it was the first gravity group feeder in the world!

It's got a really sturdy carry handle and while it looks small, it fits big calves.

Milk Bar 5 calf feeder feeding calves milk
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Milk Bar 5 Ezi Lock

Milk Bar Code: 910203

Volume: 36L
Weight: 1.5kg
Length: 290mm
Height: 400mm
Width: 270mm
Hooks: Ezi Lock

Available: Global

A bigger volume than the heritage Milk Bar 5, the Milk Bar 5 Ezi Lock is ideal for group hutches of 5 calves. 

A nice teat spacing also makes this an ideal feeder for teaching young grouped calves.

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Milk Bar 5 calf feeder
Milk Bar 5 Ezi Lock Hooks calf feeder
Milk Bar 6

Milk Bar Code: 910300

Volume: 36L
Weight: 3kg
Length: 700mm
Height: 400mm
Width: 300mm
Hooks: Ezi Lock
Handle: Finger grips

Available: Global

The perfect size for a group hutch or a calf pen. Such a lovely light feeder to handle but has exceptional durability. 

The feeders stack inside each other with teats fitted so you can carry four or five at a time.

Easy to clean, easy to use and calves love it's little ledge to make them feel secure!

Hooks are fitted and Milk Bar Teats are in place ready to feed your calves.

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Milk Bar 6 feeding calves calf feeder
The Milk Bar 1 4L with Teat Attachment has loads of great features!
Milk Bar 6 calf feeder
Milk Bar 8

Milk Bar Code: 910330

Volume: 60L
Weight: 5kg
Length: 850mm
Height: 430mm
Width: 460mm
Hooks: Ezi Lock
Handle: Cut out handles

Available: Global

Popular with veal and buffalo farmers, the Milk Bar 8 is super robust to take the punishment of bigger calves. 

Wide teat spacing allows calves shoulders room for farms who are feeding milk right through to 12 weeks or beyond. 

Easy to clean, easy to use, lasts for years.

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Milk Bar 8 teat calf feeder for feeding calves milk
Milk Bar 8 calf feeder
Milk Bar 10

Milk Bar Code: 910400

Volume: 60L
Weight: 5kg
Length: 850mm
Height: 430mm
Width: 460mm
Hooks: Ezi Lock
Handle: Cut out handles

Available: Global

The Milk Bar 10 is a star performer. So versatile, you can use it inside, outside, or wooden rails or steel gates.

Handles are placed so you can carry it using your arms not your back (elbows stay by the body to save your back from repeated strain). 

It's easy to see why the Milk Bar 10 is a hit with calves and farmers all over the world!

Fitted with Milk Bar Teats to control the flow and make your calves happy. 

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Milk Bar 10 teat calf feeder for feeding calves milk
Milk Bar 10 calf feeder
Eco 10

Milk Bar Code: 927100

Volume: 60L
Weight: 5kg

Length: 850mm

Height: 430mm

Width: 460mm

Hooks: Moulded 40mm

Handle: Cut out handles

Available: New Zealand

Made with a little recycled regrind the Eco 10 has moulded plastic hooks to fit 50mm rails.

Light and simple to use, the Eco 10 is fitted with Milk Bar Teats to deliver an outstanding result for group fed calves.

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Milk Bar Eco 10 teat calf feeder for feeding calves milk
Milk Bar 12

Milk Bar Code: 910500

Volume: 90L
Weight: 8kg
Length: 1.2m
Height: 460mm
Width: 430mm
Hooks: Aluminium
Handle: Finger grips and cut out handle

Available: Global

Being a longer feeder we have fitted the Milk Bar 12 with sturdy aluminium hooks. The hooks are predrilled so you can adjust them to sit on rails of different widths.

The cut out at the front lets you pull the feeder up and away when calves have finished feeding.

Ready to use with Milk Bar Teats to reduce cross suckling and hooks fitted.

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Milk Bar 20

Milk Bar Code: 910800

Volume: 120L
Weight: 12kg
Height: 900mm
Width: 900mm

Available: Global

Another calf shed favourite the Milk Bar 20 has a solid base so calves cannot knock it over, even when they are close to weaning!

The feeder bowl stacks inside the base when not in use.

There are loads of creative ways to fill the Milk Bar 20 but typically a hose is the easiest to avoid carrying buckets through boisterous calves.

Fitted with Milk Bar Teats those calves are going to get big!

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Learn more about cross suckling here!

Research Tip! Cross suckling is directly linked to fast feeding. Slow the flow to reduce cross suckling and group feeding becomes easy!

Milk Bar Compartment Feeders

 

Compartment feeders give piece of mind that all calves are drinking their daily allocation and can be helpful for sorting calves into groups. 

 

Milk Bar 2
Compartment

Milk Bar Code: 912100

Volume: 2.5L ea

Total Volume: 14L
Weight: 2kg
Length: 400mm
Height: 400mm
Width: 250mm
Hooks: Ezi Lock
Handle: Finger grips

Available: Global

The Milk Bar 2 Compartment is made for the Buddy System where two calves are paired from birth. The compartment allows you to monitor the calves to be sure they are a good match. 

In some countries, it is law to have calves paired and farmers using a bucket system or a fast flow teat find this challenging with the cross suckling problems. The controlled flow of the Milk Bar teat solves the cross suckling issue so you can pair your calves with confidence. 

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Milk Bar 4 Compartment

Milk Bar Code: 912250

Volume: 2.5L ea

Total Volume: 24L
Weight: 3.5kg
Length: 660m
Height: 400mm
Width: 300mm
Hooks: Ezi Lock
Handle: Finger grips

Available: Global

Such a handy little feeder, really great for smaller training pens or for farms that only have a few calves every week.

With a nice spacing, it can be used right through to weaning. 

Fitted with Milk Bar Teats to work their magic and improve your calves daily weight gains.

Happy, heavy heifers is the name of the game. 

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Milk Bar 4 Compartment calf feeder
Milk Bar 3
Compartment

Milk Bar Code: 912200

Volume: 2.5L ea

Total Volume: 19L
Weight: 3kg
Length: 500mm
Height: 400mm
Width: 250mm
Hooks: Ezi Lock
Handle: Finger grips

Available: Global

When two's not enough and four's to much, the Milk Bar 3 Compartment steps into the breach!

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Milk Bar 5 Compartment

Milk Bar Code: 912300

Volume: 2.5L ea

Total Volume: 30L
Weight: 4.5kg
Length: 850mm
Height: 390mm
Width: 300mm
Hooks: Ezi Lock
Handle: Finger grips

Available: Global

The Milk Bar 5 Compartment is ideal for group hutches, for training pens or for calves that need a little more love and attention. 

Light, easy to carry and highly durable. 

No wonder it's in hot demand!

Milk Bar 5 compartment calf feeder
Milk Bar 10 Compartment

Milk Bar Code: 912400

Volume: 2.5L ea

Total Volume: 70L
Weight: 11kg
Length: 1.13m
Height: 430mm
Width: 480mm
Hooks: Aluminium
Handle: Finger grips and cut out handle

Available: Global

This feeder is a little wider so we've fitted it with aluminium hooks that slide straight onto the gate or rail. 

To make things easier on your back we've also included a front cut out handle so you can pull the front up and away from those calves!

Milk Bar 10 compartment calf feeder

Milk Bar Straight Line Feeders

 

Designed specifically for New Zealand gates, the Milk Bar Straight Line feeders are designed to sit along the front of the calf pen.

The feeders are long to allow room for shoulders and heads so we have incorporated bracing to stop the feeders bowing.

The aluminium hooks are predrilled and can be adjusted to fit your gates. Straight feeders have some weight so it may be a two person job to remove them from the rails. 

In some cases the Milk Bar 20 may be a better solution or two Milk Bar 10 feeders places together. Feel free to ask us here to discuss which option might be best for your shed. Because of the length, Milk Bar Straight Line feeders are not practical to freight and are only available in New Zealand.

 

Milk Bar 13

Milk Bar Code: 910600

Volume: 100L
Weight: 10kg
Length: 2.12m
Height: 330mm
Width: 200mm
Hooks: Aluminium
Handle: Two large moulded handles

Available: New Zealand

Fitted with an aluminium hook at each end and one in the middle. The hooks are predrilled so you can easily extend the width of the hook.

The Milk Bar 13 has two brace handles which make it easy to move and give the unit extra strength.

The Milk Bar Teats fit nice low milk in the milk channel to minimise waste.

Definitely the most popular straight line feeder! 

Milk Bar 13 straight calf feeder
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Milk Bar 18

Milk Bar Code: 910700

Volume: 170L
Weight: 16kg
Length: 3.6m
Height: 350mm
Width: 250mm
Hooks: Aluminium
Handle: Five large moulded handles

Available: New Zealand

Fitted with an aluminium hook at each end and in the centre. The hooks are predrilled so you can easily extend the width of the hook.

The Milk Bar 18 has five brace handles to help moving and to give the unit some rigidity. 

A nicely shaped drainage channel and tap help with cleaning. 

This is a very long unit so be sure to check your pen width first!

Milk Bar 18 straight calf feeder for feeding calves
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Milk Bar 15 Compartment

Milk Bar Code: 912500

Volume: 2.5L ea
Weight: 16kg
Length: 3.3m
Height: 350mm
Width: 210mm
Hooks: Aluminium
Handle: Five large moulded handles

Available: New Zealand

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The Milk Bar 15 Compartment is a specialised unit to fill the needs of a few select farms.

Using the Milk Bar Teat is what makes feeding a large group of calves with a compartment feeder possible. The Milk Bar Teat controls and regulates the milk flow and delivers a much more even feed. This is important for compartment feeders as if one calf finishes first, she will bunt her neighbour off and cause all sorts of mischief. 

Feel free to ask us here if the Milk Bar 15 Compartment is suitable for your farm.  

It’s important for the calf that the feeder is positioned at the right height. You want to hang your feeder so the teat is around knee height, about 60cm or 24 inches. This puts the calf into a more natural feeding position.

Most farms have feeders too high. The calf has to reach up for the teat, she then pulls on the teat and can damage it but more importantly the oesophageal groove cannot function correctly when she is stretching up.

Think about the height of your cow’s udders, this is the natural height that the calf should drink from.

She is not a giraffe!

Top Tip! Teat height matters

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