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The FRoneautomated feed pusher from GEA works around the clock to keep fresh, high-quality feed at the bunk, maximizing your cows’ production potential while giving you back countless hours of valuable time.

“Dairy farmers are always looking for innovative ways to keep labor costs down while boosting milk production and automated feed pushing is an easy way to do that,” says Eric Moscho, director of barn equipment sales with GEA North America. “Cows are more apt to increase their dry matter intake when feed is constantly available. The FRone keeps feed in front of cows day and night, increasing milk production and decreasing feed refusal.”

The FRone can be easily programmed in an unlimited number of routes throughout a 24-hour period with start times that best fit your farm’s feeding regime. It’s also capable of cleaning the whole feed alley. After each route, the FRone returns to the charging station to recharge until the next scheduled feed push.

“With up to 19 hours of run time available, the FRone will keep feed available all the time, so you don’t have to,” says Moscho. “Plus, its robust, reliable design ensures longevity and limited maintenance. Between the time and labor savings and increased milk production, the robot will quickly pay for itself.”

Optimize your bunk management, regardless of your farm’s size or barn style, with the help of the FRone automated feed pusher. To learn more, contact your local GEA dealership or contact GEA at 1-877-WS-Dairy (1-877-973-2479).

GEA is one of the largest suppliers of process technology for the food industry and a wide range of other industries. The international technology group focuses on process technology and components for sophisticated production processes in various end-user markets. In 2016, GEA generated consolidated revenues of about EUR 4.5 billion. The food and beverages sector, which is a long-term growth industry, accounted for around 70 percent. As of December 31, 2016, the group employed about 17,000 people worldwide. GEA is a market and technology leader in its business areas. The company is listed on the German MDAX stock index (G1A, WKN 660 200) and included in the STOXX® Europe 600 Index. In addition, the company is listed in selected MSCI Global Sustainability Indexes. Further information is available at