Patent Number: 7,100,534

Title: Feed metering and animal identification device having angularly displaceable weighing means

Abstract: A feed metering device for distributing fodder or drink or both as feed to animals in metered portions. The metering device is provided with a feed unit for containing the feed. An entrance door provides access to the feed unit. A feed supplying device supplies a predetermined amount of feed to the feed unit for the animal which is to be fed at the feed unit as determined by an animal identification device which is disposed at the feed unit and detects an identifying transponder on the relevant animal. The feed unit and therefore the feed therein is measured by its angular displacement relative to the device otherwise. Specifically, rolls are provided to measure the amount of pivoting or rotation relative to the device otherwise. The device also includes deterrence elements such as a loudspeaker or a light or an electrical current in lieu of or in additions to the entrance door to deter animals from attempting to consume feed at the feed unit when it is undesirable that the particular animal be permitted to consume feed at the feed unit.

Inventors: van den Berg; Karel (Bleskensgraaf, NL)

Assignee: Lely Research Holding A.G.

International Classification: A01K 5/02 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 9/05/02018