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Bombine Feedlot's 'Gunk' Innovation

Clever ideas and innovations that have been incorporated into day-to-day feedlot operations have been entered into the ALFA Innovation Competition 2023, proudly supported by Integrated Animal Production (IAP).


The winner and runner-up will be determined by popular vote and announced at SmartBeef23, held in Tamworth on 11-12 October.

To vote for your favourite entry, simply click the 'heart' button on the post (this indicates a like i.e. vote). The entry with the most votes will be announced as the winner. The entry with the second highest will be awarded the runner up. Voting is open from July 10 - September 22. The decision made will be final.


COMBINATION OF A (G)ATE AND (B)UNK - Affectionately KNOWN AS THE GUNK


What's the issue/challenge?

Bombine has invested in a shed for feeding cattle. They want to ensure each pen has sufficient bunk space available at higher pen stocking densities, but still provide flexibility and ease of cattle movement.


How does the innovation/idea work?

The Gunk provides a section of bunk that can be swung open to close the central feed lane. This enables an alternative direct access of cattle to the cattle yards, located at the end of the shed.


Unlike a traditional gate, the Gunk also maximises bunk space available to cattle when closed, ensuring feed intake is not compromised by inhibiting feeding space, even when pens are stocked at higher densities.


Cost of Innovation:

$1650 total.


The winning innovation will be selected ‘by popular vote’ and announced during SmartBeef23.

To vote for your favourite entry, simply click the 'heart' button on the post (this indicates a like i.e. vote). The entry with the most votes will be announced as the winner. The entry with the second highest will be awarded the runner up. Voting is open from July 10 - September 22. The decision made will be final.


With thanks to our long-term supporter of this award, Integrated Animal Production (IAP)


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