NZ-wide network behind Herdflow gates
With its engineering, Reporoa Herdflow focuses on the needs of the dairy farmer and reducing animal stress to increase milk yield. Its goal is to ensure ease of use and increase efficiencies in the yard.
The company’s vast experience and its focus on constant innovation has seen it become a market leader. “We are always trying to improve our product and listen to customer feedback so we can deliver what they want and need to make their farming operation run smoother,” says company director Daniel Gorton.
Since its development in the early 1990s, there are now more than 700 Reporoa Herdflow Backing Gates being used in dairy operations throughout New Zealand, including sheep and goat milking operations.
Daniel says while some of these gates are getting older, they can now be retrofitted with more modern advancements. “We used to run backing gates in a channel, and now we run them on an I-beam so they can’t be derailed,” he says.
“We have re-developed our patented pinch drive system which has been used on our Reporoa Herdflow Crowd Gate for quite some time, and we can now use and retrofit this onto our existing earlier model backing gates to prevent crabbing issues as the product gets older.”
With the new pinch drive design, where the drive wheel runs on the side of the I-beam instead of the top, Reporoa Herdflow was able to increase the pressure it could put on the drive wheel units and at the same time decrease the strain it placed on the drive axle assembly.
“Because of this we have reduced opportunities for slippage and have greatly increased the strength of the entire drive system, while still guaranteeing the gate’s ability to not be able to be derailed.”
To protect animal health and make farmers’ jobs easier, Reporoa Herdflow gates include breach sensing technology so if the gate begins to push up against the cows, it automatically stops. Pulse forward technology allows farmers to programme in automated stops at set distances as the gate travels forward.
“Our gates really automate the whole cow management and loading operation into both her-ringbone and rotary sheds,” Daniel says.“Cows are encouraged to move easily from yard to shed, resulting in minimal operator involvement and consequently less stress on animals and operators.
It helps farmers to minimise labour requirements and maximises the advantages of other laboursaving innovations such as automatic cup removers.”Reporoa Herdflow gates are now 99% bolted and clamped together and can be assembled very quickly, often in between milkings.
The clamping design as an alternative to pipe rails all being welded together on site, has greatly increased the gates’ overall strength so there is a very minimal chance of them developing stress cracks over time. Using Reporoa Herdflow technology, the new Reporoa Herdflow Top Gate is a recent innovation.
This electrified curtain can be used in front of other solid backing gates in both round and rectangular yards to collect small groups of cows to take up to the shed for milking.
Reporoa Herdflow also offers a range of add-on labour saving features so farmers can customise their system to suit the requirements of their particular farming operation.
These include the popular Dungbuster Automatic Yard Cleaning System.Reporoa Herdflow has produced the most rectangular yard backing gates of any company in New Zealand.
Backing gates are an integral part of every dairy farming operation and it is important they function well at all times. Most key components of Reporoa Herdflow gates are made in New Zealand, which means the company can maintain good control on quality and have parts readily available when customers need them.
Its extensive dealer network of 14 installation and service specialists from Dargaville to Invercargill, is on hand to supply these parts, maintain Reporoa Herdflow gates, and retrofit existing gates with new technologies. Reporoa Herdflow dealers are dairy equipment specialists who have been dealing in Reporoa Herdflow products for many years.
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