HandySelect: simple and effective sorting of individual cows

The Bou-Matic Air-Trac crowd gate is a parlorentry system, which gently nudges cows corralled in a holding pen toward the milking parlor entrance for milking. Two types of gate operation are available with the gate system: standard manual operation and automatic-crowd. For standard manual operation, the user initiates all gate functions; opening, closing and moving. While for automatic-crowd operation , the gate works in conjunction with the entrance gate to crowd cows automatically. With the auto-crowd option the user does not need to initiate forward movement of the gate.

Cow flow through a parlor can be improved by 10-20% if a crowd gate is properly managed. One of the major problems with cow flow is people not allowing the crowd gate to train the cows to enter the parlor but instead they chase the cows into the parlor. Cows are easily confused when one milking they are supposed to enter the parlor when the crowd gate moves and the next milking when people come out to the holding area and chases them into the parlor. If cows are properly trained by using the crowd gate, the door from the parlor pit to the holding area can be kept closed during milking.

ADVANTAGES AT A GLANCE

  • STARTER KIT TO CUSTOMIZE YOUR GATE

    Included In Kit: Pre-fabricated carriages (2), Air motor drive unit (1), Gate side assemblies (2), Gate Intermediate pipes (5), Control box, air fittings, packed parts, Crowd gate coupling kits (3), Bearing kits (3), and 5 inch Air Cylinders (2).

  • Maximum 36 FEET (11M)

    The BouMatic® Air-Trac® Crowd Gate allows customized on-site fabrication for holding pen widths up to a maximum of 36 feet (11 m).

  • DRIVE SHAFT

    A 1.25 inch OD x 12 feet cold drawn steel bar serves as the drive shaft for the AirTrac® crowd gate. Order quantity required to span the width of the crowd gate.

  • AIRTRAC COUPLING KIT

    Coupling assembly to join two lengths of drive shaft together. Order if more than two 12 feet sections of drive shaft (PN 8516271) are required. (Three Coupling Kits are included in the Crowd Gate Kit.)

  • CROSS BEAM

    3 Inch x 6 Inch x 20 Foot. Order the quantity necessary to span the width of the crowd gate (buttweld beams together and cut to the required dimension).

  • COILED AIR HOSE, 8/3 INCH ID

    Order the number of 200 foot lengths necessary to provide three air lines from the air control valve in the equipment room to the air motor assembly on the crowd gate (with gate parked at the rear of the holding pen).

  • AIR HOSE, 5/32 INCH OD 

    Air hose for the crowd gate control circuit. Order 4x the distance from the control valve assembly in the equipment room to the crowd gate control box. Order additional hose if a remote control box will be used. Different colored hose and 500 foot rolls are available.

  • ROLLER CHAIN

    C-2060H Pitch 1.5 inch (3.8 cm), double-pitch. For all installations. Length required = 2x length of holding pen + 10 feet (305 cm). Sold in 10-foot section.