The Mini Group as a Solution

An increasing number of farms already house two calves in a single hutch. What often began out of necessity due to twin births or a shortage of calf hutches has proven for many farms to be an alternative housing option for young calves. After all, the transmission of illness and disease is limited here to a minimum.

And it is not only animal rights activists who view the individual housing of herd animals as an increasingly critical issue. Nowadays, organic farming associations also require their member farms to house calves together in groups.

Holm & Laue is the only supplier in the world to offer the perfect solution for housing mini groups of two to three calves: the 5.8 m² TwinHutch and FlexyFence.

 

In Pairs Instead of Alone

Until now, there has been no suitable calf hutch available for housing groups of two or three calves, since the conventional hutches contradict the many animal welfare requirements because they do not provide enough space.

The First Legal Mini Group

The First Legal Mini Group

Conventional hutches have a maximum area of 3 – 4m². In Germany, a shared group pen for calves must be at least 4.5 m² in size and each calf must have access to a minimum area of 1.5 m². In combination with a modified FlexyFence, the TwinHutch has a total area of 5.8 m². Plenty of room for mini groups of two to three calves.

Calves Drink and Eat in Pairs

Calves Drink and Eat in Pairs

The FlexyFence is equipped with two high-quality nursing teat bucket supports and additional space for a third drinking bucket. Two more bucket fixtures for concentrate food and water supplement the feeding area.

Compatible with Organic Farming Requirements

Compatible with Organic Farming Requirements

On organic farms, it is mandatory to house calves in groups, But during periods of fewer calvings, it is often difficult to put together homogeneous groups. The TwinHutch offers the ideal alternative here.

Cost and Performance Benefits

It’s not only the animal rights aspects that make the TwinHutch so attractive, but also the cost and performance advantages it offers.

Better Performance and Higher Milk Yield

Better Performance and Higher Milk Yield

Studies have shown that calves from mini groups, even after being weaned from milk, exhibit better social behaviour, improved feed intake and better growth. That in turn leads to cows that calve for the first time earlier and to higher milk yields.

Less Space Required

Less Space Required

In addition, the space and cost savings are advantages that not only benefit organic farms. After all, only half of the space is required for the same number of calves and you need fewer hutches! Which means you also have to clean fewer hutches.

Longer Useful Life

Longer Useful Life

EU regulations limit housing calves in individual crates or hutches to a maximum of 8 weeks. In the TwinHutch Mini Group, calves can also be housed for longer periods, since the limit for individual hutches no longer applies. The calves can then be slowly weaned from milk and do not need to be moved into the next group pen until after 10 - 12 weeks.

Technical specifications

Outer dimensions of TwinHutch (LxWxH) 250 cm x 154 cm x 151 cm
Inside dimensions of TwinHutch (LxWxH) 243 cm x 146 cm x 136 cm
Dimensions with FlexyFence
and buckets
432 cm x 156 cm x 105 cm
Accessible space ca. 5.8 m²
Weight of TwinHutch 43 kg

* Technical specifications subject to change!

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