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Only its incorporation into a well-thought-out housing system turns the Igloo into an ideal place for your calf-rearing operation. One example of an Igloo permanently set into a full housing concept is the so-called Igloo System. It has proven itself around the world, in particular in medium-scale and large-scale operations.


Have a Roof Over the Head


It is especially important to cover the feeding and exercise areas with a roof. This way, the calves are protected from rain as well as excessive sunlight and can do as they please without any worries about the weather. Large overhangs keep the bedding dry, even in windy and rainy conditions, and provide an enjoyable work environment.


Gain Flexibility by Modular Extension


The Igloo System is composed of different modules that allow fl exible extension at any time. This is how it enables you to build housings of any size, up to 200 calves, which makes it the ideal choice for farms that intend to grow.

The modules include the Igloo Module (Basic or Extension Module) and the Straw Storage Module. This latter module allows both dry storage of the bedding material and short walking distances when re-bedding. Ideally, this is also where you will place the H&L 100 Automatic Calf Feeder.

With the modular set-up, the farmers' specifi c demands, various capacities, and the situation on site can be taken into account to the highest possible extent.

The roofing we recommend is a trapeze-profi le metal sheet with a one-sided plastic coating, supported by wooden posts set up according to a 5 x 5 m grid.


Define Three Areas in the Calf Pen


The raised feeding area should be a continuous solid surface and have a 5% slope. This ensures that it remains dry and can be easily cleaned. The feeding area is also the area in which the calves are kept while mucking out. The bedded exercise and resting area is the area in which the calves remain most of the time. Its 25 sq. metres (269 sq.ft) result in lots of space the calves can use to frolic, but also to take a rest in the fresh air. The shelter space inside the Igloo has its own micro-climate and is the place where the calves will find protection against strong winds or heavy draughts.


Enjoy Flexibility of Feeding Place Design


The H&L Igloo System is ideally suited for the integration of a H&L 100 Automatic Calf Feeder. Depending on the desired feeding programme, you choose between stainless steel troughs, diagonal fences or the dedicated H&L Feed Fence for Calves.


Optimise Bedding and Mucking out


Depending on the number of calves, new bedding should be spread in the Igloos about two or three times a week and they should be mucked out approximately every two weeks. They are supplied with a solid transport hook that allows easy lifting and moving with a front loader. When mucking out is finished, the Igloo is simply re-attached to the fencing with a chain. Adjust the height of the roof to the dimensions of the tractor you use for mucking out.



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