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Launcells Feedlot's 'Drip Free Sock' 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.


LAUNCELLS FEEDLOT'S DRIP FREE SOCK


What's the issue/challenge?

Launcells use a molasses based liquid supplement. This is transferred from a storage tank by pump and delivered into the mixer using a pipe. After loading the supplement, the liquid continues to drip from the end of the pipe. Dripping increases shrink (loss), splashes on windscreens attracting dirt and dust and the low pH of the supplement erodes the paint from machinery.


How does the innovation/idea work?

The Drip Free Sock is lie flat hose fixed to the pipe outlets. After loading, the lie flat is folded over using a bar and simple pulley system, preventing drips. The lie flat hose is dropped down for loading by releasing the pulley.


Cost of Innovation:

$57 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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