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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It’s not only the animal rights aspects that make the TwinHutch so attractive, but also the cost and performance advantages it offers.
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.
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.
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.
|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
|432 cm x 156 cm x 105 cm|
|Accessible space||ca. 5.8 m²|
|Weight of TwinHutch||43 kg|
* Technical specifications subject to change!