Creva International, a County Galway-based company with proud dairy farming roots, has secured an exclusive Irish distribution deal for the acclaimed Urban computerised calf feeding system from Germany.
This market-leading technology, which has proven such a resounding success since its introduction to Irish farmers since 2002, is now readily available via the Tirlán, Aurivo, Arrabawn, Dairygold, Drinagh, and Kerry co-ops.
A delighted Noel Kelly, CEO of Creva International, expressed his excitement about the collaboration. “We are delighted to partner with Urban in Ireland,” he said. “As dairy farmers ourselves, we understand the challenges faced by farmers and the significance of ensuring excellent calf welfare.
“The Urban system is, without a doubt, the finest in the market, and we are thrilled to work with them on this new venture. Our distribution agreement guarantees that farmers adopting the Urban system will receive top-tier calf rearing advice and best practice information from their local co-op calf specialists.”
Thanks to this groundbreaking partnership, farmers who invest in a new Urban system will receive complimentary calf rearing and welfare consultations. Experienced calf specialists from the local co-ops will visit each farm to guide farmers through essential aspects such as shed design, drainage, ventilation and calf management in addition to providing advice on calf jackets, hutches and troughs.
With calf welfare a priority in every calving yard, Creva International is proud to provide additional welcome expertise to farmers throughout the island of Ireland. Urban is available with countrywide coverage of certified Urban installation, thanks to service engineers such as Urban Engineers, Hackett Enterprises Service Ltd, Connor Dairy Service Ltd, Monageer PM Electrical Ltd and David Johnston Calf Feedings Systems.
When implemented correctly, computerised calf feeding systems have the potential to revolutionise calf rearing. Data sourced from Urban systems highlight its many benefits including up to 300g additional daily weight gain, up to 100% increased udder development (parenchyma cells), up to 40% reduced mortality and up to 1,000 litres of additional milk in the first lactation.
Moreover, the system promotes earlier insemination and pregnancy of heifers, constant high temperature to reduce energy losses, and a steady temperature and mixture to minimise the risk of diarrhoea.
Urban’s enduring popularity in Ireland explains the 2,000-plus systems already installed across the island, much of which can be attributed to its remarkable durability, lasting up to 20 years, featuring a user-friendly interface and exemplary hygiene standards. Through the free calf rearing and welfare consultations, Creva International is confident that further adoption rates will follow.
Noel Kelly anticipates “that this partnership will drive further demand for Urban systems in Ireland. Irish farmers will benefit immensely from the consultations and enhanced access to these exceptional systems, leading to healthier calf growth and improved overall welfare.”