Housing calves in the pen – an alternative to the Igloo?

Although outdoor housing is optimally suited to the calf’s needs, a protected pen also offers advantages for calf rearing, particularly since modern ventilation and wind protection systems can now provide an acceptable climate for calves in pens. In practice, the Pen System from the USA has proven to be an effective solution for housing calves in pens. The Pen System is comprised of single pens set up with click-in-place interlocking components. Depending on the floor plan of the barn and the work routines, the pens can be configured in various ways. The walls are simply placed onto the ground without anchoring, and can be easily and quickly removed for cleaning. 
The calves grow in the pens for as long as individual calf housing is required. Then the separate pen walls are removed, so that the calves stay in the same place, but are now housed in easy to monitor small groups.

Flexible Layout

The PenSystem is designed as a modular system and can be installed in a wide variety of different configurations. You can’t get any more flexible than that!

Various Pen Sizes

Various Pen Sizes

The side walls are available in three lengths. Therefore, you can set up pens with areas of 1.6 m², 2.2 m² or 2.5 m² and thus precisely tailor the pens to suit your calves and their housing duration in the Pen System.

Easy Cleaning

Easy Cleaning

The pen segments are very lightweight and can be quickly disassembled and then reinstalled just as easily. Therefore, they can be simply taken to a wash-down yard. The completely smooth surface makes them very easy to clean.

Less Transmission of Illness and Disease

Less Transmission of Illness and Disease

The closed side walls (with contact windows in compliance with EU regulations) reduce the transmission of germs and bacteria between the animals and therefore prevent the spread of illness and disease.

Rear Wall Closed or Open

Rear Wall Closed or Open

The rear wall can be equipped with the regular pen segments and thus offers insulation and protection for the calves, who like to spend time in the back area. For more fresh air in the pen, we recommend the open AirMax, which can be closed with a cover.

Variable Front

To be able to feed the calves efficiently or reach a calf quickly, the design of the Pen Front is very important. Here, the Pen System features many well-thought-out details.

Pen Front with Flexible Door

Pen Front with Flexible Door

The new door of the Pen System can be opened in four different directions. You can choose whether the door should open to the left or right and inwards or outwards. This gives you maximum flexibility, even when it sometimes gets a bit narrow in the calf pen. In addition, the Pen Front has a large handle, which is easy to open even in winter when you have thick gloves on.

Various Feeding Place Configurations

Various Feeding Place Configurations

The pens are equipped with two bucket holders for water and concentrate feed. And for feeding milk diets, you can choose between nursing bottles or nursing teat buckets. An especially practical feature: The holder rings for the buckets can be simply clicked in and out, which saves space when transporting the PenFronts to the wash-down area.

The Proven FlexyFront

The Proven FlexyFront

Optionally, the proven FlexyFront can be used in the individual hutches instead of the PenFront. It allows a better view into the pen and the nursing teat bucket is positioned next to the door, which makes it easier to teach the calves how to feed. Another advantage of the FlexyFront is the open design, which considerably improves the ventilation in the pen.

Options and Features

Variants

  • FlexyFront or PenFront
  • Side walls in three lengths: 135, 183 and 213 cm
  • Wall brackets, for mounting walls if the rear wall is not used
  • AirMax Back Wall

 

Technical Specifications

Length 183 cm (optional also 135 cm or 213 cm)
Width 122 cm
Height 114 cm

* Technical specifications subject to change!

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