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You are expected at a meeting every morning, every evening... by your calves! It may be the most critical meeting you attend on your farm, as it is the one where you lay the foundations for the future success of your business. Are you one of those who are really busy during calf feeding hours because milking and feeding the cows, too, require your constant attention? Furthermore, are you one of those who want to rationalise the routine of feeding calves in individual pens or igloos?  Are you concerned that by feeding your calves a diet based on whole milk, you may expose them to pathogens in the milk? Then you should think about the Milktaxi. Because with Milktaxi you gain the time you need to focus on the important matters in the calf barn.

  • Feed Calves Easily and Faster
  • Healthy Milk through Pasteurisation
  • Precision and consistency
  • Reduced Rearing Costs
  • Easy cleaning
  • Mobile and handleable
  • Diverse application possibilities

Here's how it works:

  • The milk diet is mixed and warmed to drinking temperature.
  • The practical chassis enables easy milk transport to the calf pens.
  • The battery-powered pump ensures accurately dosed quantities in the buckets.
  • A pasteurisation unit is instrumental in providing a whole milk diet without any disease risk.
  • The numerous and varied options, such as warm water-fired heater, milk churn support, and drenching equipment, meet all your needs.

Give your body a break; carrying heavy buckets is a thing in the past. The Milk Taxi performs the strenuous part of the job, which makes calf feeding fun again, for you and your employees. Additionally, if you want to save valuable time, then read on!

Use Technology That Is as Easy as ABC, for Everybody

  • If your operation cannot rely on the same workers all the time, then you need easy-to-use feeding equipment. In most cases, the Milk Taxi's functions are totally intuitive. Your advantages are twofold: less time needed for onthe- job training of workers, better quality of their work.
  • Critical parameters, e.g. those for the pasteurisation, can be pre-set by yourself. Then all you ask your workers to do is to feed the calves. Because feed quantities are preset and the temperature is constantly monitored, the risk of feeding mistakes is minimised.

Get All Functionalities at the Push of a Button

  • Whether you want the powerful floor-mounted agitator to dissolve milk powder in a matter of seconds, or want to adjust the dosage quantities - all functionalities can be programmed at the control panel just by pressing buttons.
  • Another advantage is the possibility to pre-set start times for certain processes, such as pasteurisation or heating. The Milk Taxi then automatically starts the process, at your service even in the dead of night.

Remove Back Pain from Milk Transport

  • Since the Milktaxi rolls on wheels, it makes it easy for you to take the milk to the calf pens or the calf igloos. Even long distances no longer pose a problem.
  • It's even easier with the EL-AN drive - a battery powered front-axle drive. It's an optional extra for all models. It enables you to select forward and reverse movement, both a two different speeds, at the tip of your thumb.

Make Bucket Feeding Easy and Accurate

  • The practical dispensing arm and the quantity-calibrated pump always accurately send the allocated amount of milk diet into the buckets. You simply select one of the up to nine programmable dosing quantities and and press the button in the sliding handle.
  • All this is possible in the barn, without mains power due to the integrated battery. With individual igloos, in particular, this means the additional advantage that you are totally free to choose their most suitable location.
  • The long tubing is the reason why even spots that are hard or far to reach do not present any difficulty. Select the quantity and start dosing when you are right next to the calf using the optionally available remote control.

Almost every day, dairy operations harvest large quantities of milk that is unfit for human consumption (colostrum, milk of mastitis cows, etc.). Unfortunately, in many cases this milk also carries disease pathogens. Are you, too, one of those who wonder if it is a good idea to feed the calves this milk? Then the following information is meant for you!

Should I Be Concerned About Bacteria in the Milk for My Calves?

  • Common bacteria that may cause mastitis in cows (E. coli, Staphylococci, Streptococci, Enterococci) play also an important part in relation to disease issues in the calf pen.
  • These bacteria, if present in the milk diet, will penetrate directly into the digestive system of the calf and could cause diarrhoea.
  • Practical experience warrants the assumption that heifers that were fed milk rich in bacteria at a young age are more susceptible to mastitis in their first lactation.

Pasteurisation Works!

  • Milk pasteurisation is a treatment that subjects milk to heat for a certain time. For the average dairy operation, the process called batch pasteurisation, where a temperature of 65 °C (147°F) is maintained for 35 minutes, has been found to meet practical requirements.
  • After this time, 99.5% of the important disease pathogens are destroyed, while the critical nutrients in the milk are preserved.
  • If you wish to you can also select gentle warming of the milk at 60°C (140 °F) over 60 minutes.

Night-time Pasteurisation

  • The easiest thing is pasteurisation programmed to begin automatically in the early morning hours. Pasteurised milk will then be ready in the Milktaxi, at the appropriate ration temperature, at the exact time you want to start feeding. Calf feeding can then begin immediately.

Cooling? Included!

Milk to be fed over the next 12 hours needs to be cooled. The cold water-based cooling unit, which is included in the standard equipment of the pasteuriser, offers quick cooling of the milk to 15°C (59°F), either after a pasteurisation cycle or after part of the milk was fed to the calves. This is a very effective way of minimising bacteria growth

It takes a minimum of two years for a heifer to return her costs and make a margin on your balance sheet. Therefore, you have to leverage all cost-cutting potentials in her rearing stage. Do you want to learn how the Milk Taxi can help you save money and make you a more successful dairy farmer? Then the following paragraphs are full of answers for you!

Invest for a Successful Future

  • The Milktaxi paves the way for how your animals will perform in the future. Whether you use it for pasteurisation, optimum temperature control or quantity-calibrated pumping— providing the calves with optimum nutrition at an early stage guaranteesfuture high perfomance.
  • The Milktaxi will be your friend for many years. At two calf feeding times per day, you will use the Milktaxi more than 7,000 times in its 10-year fiscal depreciation period. Depending on the size and the selected optional equipments, investment in a Milktaxi represents approx. €0.50 per ration! Decide yourself if easier working days, your health, time saved, and the high quality are worth that.
  • High-quality products are characterised by a long service life and low amortisation charges in the long term. Of course, this is true also for your Milktaxi, your calf feeding assistant that helps you every day.

Reduce Energy Expenses with a Hot Water-fired Heater

  • If you want to cut costs on energy and if you have plenty of hot water, then an optional hot water-fired heater reduces your energy consumption, thereby saving precious money otherwise spent on heating the milk.

Feed the Optimum, Avoid Excessive Intake

  • The Milktaxi's quantity control enables the individualised feeding of every calf and avoids unbalanced feeds. Similar to an automatic feeder!
  • When you prepare the ration, you already know how much milk diet you need, and you will not exceed the required quantity. This saves milk or milk replacer and bodes well for your balance sheet.

Get Better Performance from Healthier Calves

  • A severe case of diarrhoea will cost you approx. €265. Additionally, 10% reduced milk production due to issues during the rearing stage will cost up to €550!1
  • Calves that are consistently fed the correct amount of milk diet, at the proper temperature and of the highest quality (as low in bacteria as possible or pasteurised), will be less susceptible to future diseases, grow faster, and continue to exhibit a more consistent performance

Of course, there always is a way to do it at lower cost. No other section of farming is subjected to as much creative experimentation with the object of easing the work of bucket feeding… converted sack barrows with barrels, or even handcarts with churns. If your focus is on quality as is ours, then the following information will be of interest.

Your demand: quality!

  • With everything you have to look after every day, it would be nice to have functioning equipment! This is why we manufacture every component to the highest quality standards, so you can count on us for excellent reliability.
  • The high-quality, stainless steel milk tank is very durable and easy to clean. This is true for all other Milk Taxi components as well, by the way.

Foolproof cleaning

  • Since the lid can be fully opened, cleaning of the tank is extremely easy.
  • Start the semi-automatic cleaning program by pushing a button and by doing so ensure optimum hygiene.

Get an All-in-one, Yet Customised Product

  • Rather than requiring you to use different devices for various processes, such as mixing, heating, pasteurising, transporting, and feeding, the Milktaxi gives you one single appliance that combines all these devices. No further investment is needed in most cases.
  • Your needs and requirements are different from those of your neighbour. Therefore, the Milktaxi is available not only in various sizes, but also with a host of standard equipment configurations and optional extrasto cater for every need.

Go Beyond Feeding Calves

  • Our customers, people like you, have suggested new ways of using the product. Adding the Milktaxi to a robotic milker is a popular recommendation. The Milktaxi is the ideal tool for combining the cooling and the pasteurisation processes undergone by withheld milk. Drenching cows is also as easy as ABC with the Milktaxi. And, who knows, maybe the time is near when you will water the flowers of your garden or your farm café with a Milktaxi.
  • Request detailed advice and tailor your own Milktaxi! Read on to learn more.

The Standard Equipments You Can Start with

  • Milktaxi model version 100 l, 150 l and 260 l with manoeuvrable chassis on 4 wheels; 40 cm size front tyres
  • Powerful floor-mounted agitator turning at regular intervals in heating mode
  • Parking brake
  • Ergonomic handles
  • Milktaxi, model version 260 l (66 gal [US]), also available as a trailer with jack wheel
  • Tank made of easy-to-clean, polished stainless steel
  • Lockable lid with sealing ring; opens to full radius
  • 1¼' drain tap for draining without residues
  • Electronic control with liquid level sensor and thermometer
  • LED headlight on all models
  • Semi-automatic cleaning program

Optionals Extras to Customise Your Milk TaxiPump Assembly

  • up to 9 freely programmable dosing quantities
  • Battery-powered stainless steel pump
  • Dispensing arm with ergonomic handle
  • Maintenance-free battery and charger
  • Electronic quantity control

Alternative, Remote Control

  • Actuation of dosing with wireless remote control on the dispensing arm
  • Distance to Milktaxi up to 10 m (with optional longer tubing)
  • Possibility to preselect the dispensed quantity at the dispensing arm

Electrical Heater

  • Effective full-surface heating foils
  • Gentle milk warming, to avoid any burnt milk
  • Model-specific power ratings (3 to 6 kW)
  • Programmable heating start-up (up to 6 times)

Energy-saving warm-water heating

  • Dual wall as heat exchanger jacket on the outside
  • Hot water temperature monitored by sensor
  • Programmable heating start-up (up to 6 times)

Pasteurisation Assembly

  • Pumping, mixing, heating as standard functionalities
  • Programmable startup of pasteurisation (up to 6 times)
  • Integrated water cooling; for pasteuriser only
  • Two selectable programs
    • 65°C (149 °F) for 35 minutes
    • 60 °C (140 °F) for 60 minutes

EL-AN Electrical Drive

  • Adjustable drive with two basic speeds
  • Powerful forward and reverse movement
  • Maintenance-free 24V battery and charger

Milk Churn Support Frame

  • Tilt-up frame for two 30 l milk churns for 150 l and 250 l models and for one churn for the 100 l model
  • For transporting colostrum, drinking water and feeding buckets or similar
  • Simple tilting and locking with one hand

Colostrum Jar

  • Stainless-steel, 8 l (2¼ gal [US]) vessel for colostrum (matched for use with a 30 litre milk churn)

Cow Drenching Equipment

  • 1.5 m (5 ft) drenching probe
  • Quick-release couplings
  • Only available with the optional pump

The Standard Equipments You Can Start with

  • Milktaxi model version 100 l, 150 l and 260 l with manoeuvrable chassis on 4 wheels; 40 cm size front tyres
  • Powerful floor-mounted agitator turning at regular intervals in heating mode
  • Parking brake
  • Ergonomic handles
  • Milktaxi, model version 260 l (66 gal [US]), also available as a trailer with jack wheel
  • Tank made of easy-to-clean, polished stainless steel
  • Lockable lid with sealing ring; opens to full radius
  • 1¼' drain tap for draining without residues
  • Electronic control with liquid level sensor and thermometer
  • LED headlight on all models
  • Semi-automatic cleaning program

Optionals Extras to Customise Your Milk TaxiPump Assembly

  • up to 9 freely programmable dosing quantities
  • Battery-powered stainless steel pump
  • Dispensing arm with ergonomic handle
  • Maintenance-free battery and charger
  • Electronic quantity control

Alternative, Remote Control

  • Actuation of dosing with wireless remote control on the dispensing arm
  • Distance to Milktaxi up to 10 m (with optional longer tubing)
  • Possibility to preselect the dispensed quantity at the dispensing arm

Electrical Heater

  • Effective full-surface heating foils
  • Gentle milk warming, to avoid any burnt milk
  • Model-specific power ratings (3 to 6 kW)
  • Programmable heating start-up (up to 6 times)

Energy-saving warm-water heating

  • Dual wall as heat exchanger jacket on the outside
  • Hot water temperature monitored by sensor
  • Programmable heating start-up (up to 6 times)

Pasteurisation Assembly

  • Pumping, mixing, heating as standard functionalities
  • Programmable startup of pasteurisation (up to 6 times)
  • Integrated water cooling; for pasteuriser only
  • Two selectable programs
    • 65°C (149 °F) for 35 minutes
    • 60 °C (140 °F) for 60 minutes

Optionals Extras to Customise Your Milk TaxiPump Assembly

  • up to 9 freely programmable dosing quantities
  • Battery-powered stainless steel pump
  • Dispensing arm with ergonomic handle
  • Maintenance-free battery and charger
  • Electronic quantity control

Alternative, Remote Control

  • Actuation of dosing with wireless remote control on the dispensing arm
  • Distance to Milktaxi up to 10 m (with optional longer tubing)
  • Possibility to preselect the dispensed quantity at the dispensing arm

Electrical Heater

  • Effective full-surface heating foils
  • Gentle milk warming, to avoid any burnt milk
  • Model-specific power ratings (3 to 6 kW)
  • Programmable heating start-up (up to 6 times)

Energy-saving warm-water heating

  • Dual wall as heat exchanger jacket on the outside
  • Hot water temperature monitored by sensor
  • Programmable heating start-up (up to 6 times)

Pasteurisation Assembly

  • Pumping, mixing, heating as standard functionalities
  • Programmable startup of pasteurisation (up to 6 times)
  • Integrated water cooling; for pasteuriser only
  • Two selectable programs
    • 65°C (149 °F) for 35 minutes
    • 60 °C (140 °F) for 60 minutes

EL-AN Electrical Drive

  • Adjustable drive with two basic speeds
  • Powerful forward and reverse movement
  • Maintenance-free 24V battery and charger

Milk Churn Support Frame

  • Tilt-up frame for two 30 l milk churns for 150 l and 250 l models and for one churn for the 100 l model
  • For transporting colostrum, drinking water and feeding buckets or similar
  • Simple tilting and locking with one hand

Colostrum Jar

  • Stainless-steel, 8 l (2¼ gal [US]) vessel for colostrum (matched for use with a 30 litre milk churn)

Cow Drenching Equipment

  • 1.5 m (5 ft) drenching probe
  • Quick-release couplings
  • Only available with the optional pump
  • Adjustable drive with two basic speeds
  • Powerful forward and reverse movement
  • Maintenance-free 24V battery and charger

Milk Churn Support Frame

  • Tilt-up frame for two 30 l milk churns for 150 l and 250 l models and for one churn for the 100 l model
  • For transporting colostrum, drinking water and feeding buckets or similar
  • Simple tilting and locking with one hand

Colostrum Jar

  • Stainless-steel, 8 l (2¼ gal [US]) vessel for colostrum (matched for use with a 30 litre milk churn)

Cow Drenching Equipment

  • 1.5 m (5 ft) drenching probe
  • Quick-release couplings
  • Only available with the optional pump

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