Adjustable Supply Patents (Class 119/53)
  • Patent number: 10881076
    Abstract: A calf creep feeder includes a panel fence positioned at each side of a feed enclosure. Each of the panel fences are selectively movable between a lower creep feeder position to an upper stowed position. A pair of torsion springs are secured to each of the panel fences to assist in raising the panel fences from their lower creep feeder positions to its upper stowed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Inventors: Doug Stevens, Scott Stevens
  • Patent number: 10842134
    Abstract: A feeding device for poultry animals having an upper feed provision element with an elongated expansion disposed so that poultry animals can reach the feed in the upper feed provision element from the access platform. The feeding device having at least one lower feed provision element disposed underneath the upper feed provision element during operation, wherein the lower feed provision element is arranged and designed so that during operation poultry animals can reach the feed in the lower feed provision element from a floor, and wherein the lower feed provision element is arranged and designed so that the lower feed provision element is supplied with feed provided in the upper feed provision element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: BIG DUTCHMAN INTERNATIONAL GMBH
    Inventor: Judith Langfermann
  • Patent number: 10827728
    Abstract: An adjustable feeder pan system for feeding poultry and a related method is provided. The feeder pan system includes a cone portion, an excluder portion that includes a number of anti-rake and radially disposed fins, a skirt, a feed pan, a cap, and optionally a feed shut-off component. The cone includes a pair of stops that may selectively engage with one of a number of pairs of corresponding slots of varying depths on the excluder portion so as to provide multiple feed levels as desired and depending upon the size and age of the poultry being fed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: CTB, Inc.
    Inventor: Wayne R. Mark
  • Patent number: 10588293
    Abstract: An animal feeder has a hopper for receiving feed, the hopper having converging front panels with lower ends defining an elongate chute through which feed is directed. A shield is attached to each of the front panels and diverges from the front panel forming a cove that remains free of feed. A trough extends along the feeder and a water supply duct delivers water into the trough. An elongate shelf has a feed platform for receiving feed from the hopper. The shelf is positioned above the trough such that any feed falling, falls into the trough. The shelf has shelf retainers running longitudinally of the shelf above the feed platform, each shelf retainer directed between its respective shield and front panel. A height-adjusting mechanism adjusts the vertical position of the shelf relative the hopper and the trough. As the shelf moves upward, the shelf retainer moves into the cove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: The GSI Group, LLC
    Inventor: Austin Dean Zimmerman
  • Patent number: 10251372
    Abstract: This invention relates to a method for promoting growth of young chicken comprising the step; offering feed in a layered manner in subsequent order of pellet-size for adjusting the pellet-size to the size of the young chicken during a whole brooding cycle for the feed being attractive during the whole brooding cycle as perceived by the young chicken.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: HatchTech Group B.V.
    Inventor: Tjitze Meter
  • Patent number: 9937534
    Abstract: A poultry feed distribution system includes a feed storage, a conveyor line and feeding devices. Each feeding device has an attachment part that is rotatable around the line. The attachment part has a drop tube of the device hingedly connected thereto. The attachment part together with the hinge connection to the drop tube is rotatable around the line between a feeding and a cleaning position, with an inlet of the drop tube getting distanced from the line when the attachment part together with the hinge connection to the drop tube is rotated from the feeding to the cleaning position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Roxell BVBA
    Inventor: Brecht Van Kerrebroeck
  • Patent number: 9743640
    Abstract: A portable feed is provided with a frame having a tow hitch, a plurality of wheels and a storage bin. The portable feeder can be towed from a feeder location to a refill station and refilled. A variably sloped floor extending through the storage bin and each feeder chute provides for the continuous flow of feed to the chutes for on demand feeding without substantial spillage from the open ends of the feeder chutes. A lower chute surface is pivotable relative to an upper chute surface so that the lower chute surface is movable relative to the upper chute surface in a clamshell-like closure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Inventor: Dennis Erskine
  • Patent number: 9688467
    Abstract: A gyrator feeder that gyrates a dispensing member to uniformly and circumnavigating dispense material by generating a true circular orbital vibratory motion in the dispensing member by either rotating an offset weight along a vertical central axis of the dispensing member or by positioning vibratory motors diametrical opposite from each other on a gyrator housing and synchronizing the vibratory motors with each other to thereby dispense material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: DYNAMIC AIR INC
    Inventor: Richard Christianson
  • Patent number: 9675049
    Abstract: A pet amusement device includes a housing; a processing unit disposed in the housing; a transceiver for transmitting signals to the processing unit; an image fetching unit disposed in the housing and configured to encode digital images and videos of a pet, storing the recoded images and videos in digital files, and sending them to the processing unit; an amusing unit for amusing the pet; a feeding unit disposed on the housing and configured to feed the pet; and a power source for supplying power to the processing unit, the transceiver, the image fetching unit, the amusing unit, and the feeding unit respectively. The processing unit controls the transceiver, the image fetching unit, the amusing unit, and the feeding unit respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: PAWBO INC.
    Inventors: Che Yuan Cheng, Hung Chin Hsiao
  • Patent number: 9591833
    Abstract: A storage apparatus for a chicken feeder includes a body section, a coupling member and a feeder contacting section. The coupling member is positioned on a first end of the body section for securing the body section to a chicken feed tube. The feeder contacting section is positioned on a second end of the body section and includes angled arms to support a feeder above the feed tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: Southwest Agri-Plastics, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael A. McGregor
  • Patent number: 9532549
    Abstract: Devices and systems for limiting feed volume dispensed into a plurality of tandem feed boot unloaders into one or more feed paths and related methods are disclosed. A core system is provided that are disposed in the feed path through each of the tandem feed boot unloaders in a center portion of an auger supported by a bearing assembly. Feed housings are configured to direct feed into the boot unloaders and into the auger. The feed is moved by the auger as a result of rotation of the auger about the bearing assembly. The core system provided herein limits and regulates the amount of feed that can enter each boot unloader by occupying space within a center portion of the auger that passes through each boot unloader, thus making it less likely that the auger will become clogged and be constrained from moving feed in the feed path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: HOG SLAT INC.
    Inventors: Joe Mark Rose, Tyler Clay Marion
  • Patent number: 9424490
    Abstract: Embodiments are disclosed that relate to processing image pixels. For example, one disclosed embodiment provides a system for classifying pixels comprising retrieval logic; a pixel storage allocation including a plurality of pixel slots, each pixel slot being associated individually with a pixel, where the retrieval logic is configured to cause the pixels to be allocated into the pixel slots in an input sequence; pipelined processing logic configured to output, for each of the pixels, classification information associated with the pixel; and scheduling logic configured to control dispatches from the pixel slots to the pipelined processing logic, where the scheduling logic and pipelined processing logic are configured to act in concert to generate the classification information for the pixels in an output sequence that differs from and is independent of the input sequence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Adam James Muff, John Allen Tardif, Susan Carrie, Mark J. Finocchio, Kyungsuk David Lee, Christopher Douglas Edmonds, Randy Crane
  • Patent number: 9320265
    Abstract: A bee feeder system includes a bee house having a plurality of levels. One of the levels includes a bee feeder having a frame with a top major surface and a bottom major surface. The frame surrounds a central opening and a feeder pipe extends across the central opening. The feeder pipe has a distal section that includes feeder holes. A divider covers the central opening. The feeder pipe has a proximal section that extends outside the frame. A feed container is attached to the proximal section of the feeder pipe. The feeder pipe is rotatable relative to the frame for moving between an ON position in which the feeder holes face toward the bottom major face of the frame and an OFF position in which the feeder holes face toward the top major face of the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Inventor: John Anderson
  • Patent number: 9265237
    Abstract: A bird feeder which comprises a seed container, a cover, a seed tray below the seed container to receive seeds therefrom, and a shield which is secured to the seed container, the shield being spaced above said seed tray a distance sized to restrict access of certain sized birds to the seed tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: Brome Bird Care Inc.
    Inventor: Paul L. Cote
  • Publication number: 20150034015
    Abstract: An improved livestock feeder provided with an adjustable feed dispensing mechanism including control levers which are operatively connected to the feed metering gates to control the flow of feed to livestock. The dispensing mechanism features a control lever which engage an array of indexing holes formed in the feeder to position the feed gate within the opening to adjust the amount of feed dispensed from the hopper. The dispensing mechanism includes a graduated scale corresponding to each of the index holes to provide a standard setting for the feeder which can be utilized by an animal producer to supply of feed flow at a given stage in the animal's life cycle to obtain a desired growth rate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2014
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Applicant: CTB, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul J. BONDARENKO, Bryan S. SHIVE, Leon S. ZIMMERMAN, George S. ZIMMERMAN, Anthony MARTIN, Harry R. VAN HORN, Andrew J. RAUSCH
  • Patent number: 8944007
    Abstract: The present invention provides a feeding device for amphibians and reptiles that includes a food chamber in the form of a cup with a plurality of feeding holes formed in a bottom thereof. The preferred hole size is approximately 4 mm to accommodate the mealworm. The feeding device is made from transparent plastic allowing reptiles or amphibians sitting beneath the feeding device to see the mealworms contained therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Zoo Med Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventor: Gary Wayne Bagnall
  • Patent number: 8925486
    Abstract: An animal feeder is provided having a movable gate between a hopper portion and a trough portion of the feeder. An adjustment mechanism is positioned on the hopper wall above gate and is operable to adjust the position of the gate, and hence, the size of the opening between the hopper and trough. The adjustment mechanism allows for easy control of the size of the opening between the hopper and the trough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: The GSI Group, LLC
    Inventors: James M. Adermann, John Frankovich
  • Patent number: 8925485
    Abstract: An intelligent pet-feeding device is disclosed, which comprises: a frame, configured with at least one opening; a storage tank, for storing at least one kind of food while enabling each kind of food to be transported out of the frame from it corresponding opening; a communication module, capable of performing a wireless communication with an operator at a remote end; an imaging module, for capturing images and thus generating image signals accordingly; an audio transceiver module, for receiving and transmitting audio signals; and a central processing unit, electrically connected to the communication module, the imaging module and the audio transceiver module for processing signals received thereby and generated therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Industrial Technology Research Institute
    Inventors: Yueh-Ju Pu, Ming-Chang Teng, Ching-Yi Kuo, Cheng-Hua Wu
  • Patent number: 8915214
    Abstract: A feed level sensor for a poultry feeding system is positioned within the drop tube of a control feeder of the feeding system. The sensor comprise a first light emitter/light detector pair to detect when the level of feed in the drop tube falls below a predetermined “empty” level and a second light emitter/light detector pair to detect when feed in the drop tube is at a predetermined “full” level in the drop tube. The sensor emits a “start” signal to activate a drive to deliver feed to the feeders along a feed line when it is detected that feed in the control feeder drop tube falls below the “empty” level and emits a “stop” signal to deactivate the drive when it detects that feed within the drop tube is at the “full” level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: The GSI Group, LLC
    Inventor: Nathan Pickens
  • Publication number: 20140261199
    Abstract: Devices and systems for limiting feed volume dispensed into a plurality of tandem feed boot unloaders into one or more feed paths and related methods are disclosed. A core system is provided that are disposed in the feed path through each of the tandem feed boot unloaders in a center portion of an auger supported by a bearing assembly. Feed housings are configured to direct feed into the boot unloaders and into the auger. The feed is moved by the auger as a result of rotation of the auger about the bearing assembly. The core system provided herein limits and regulates the amount of feed that can enter each boot unloader by occupying space within a center portion of the auger that passes through each boot unloader, thus making it less likely that the auger will become clogged and be constrained from moving feed in the feed path.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Hog Slat, Inc.
    Inventors: Joe Mark Rose, Tyler Clay Marion
  • Publication number: 20140251221
    Abstract: An animal feeder is provided having a movable gate between a hopper portion and a trough portion of the feeder. An adjustment mechanism is positioned on the hopper wall above gate and is operable to adjust the position of the gate, and hence, the size of the opening between the hopper and trough. The adjustment mechanism allows for easy control of the size of the opening between the hopper and the trough.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2014
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: The GSI Group, LLC
    Inventors: James M. Adermann, John Frankovich
  • Publication number: 20140251220
    Abstract: An oriole jelly birdfeeder is provided that includes a jelly holding container, a base having a feeding platform and a connecting element for connecting the base to the container, and a mixing mechanism. The mixing mechanism includes a mixer element and a mixer handle which are coupled to one another and rotatable together. The mixer element includes a paddle positioned within the connecting element to enable the user to mix and distribute the jelly, which is held within the container, onto the feeding platform as needed by rotating the mixer handle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2013
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: WOODSTREAM CORPORATION
    Inventors: Andrew Nathan KING, Judith Kim HOYSAK
  • Publication number: 20140230736
    Abstract: A wildlife feeder having a hopper, a manifold, and a removed head at a removed end of the manifold. The hopper is designed to enclose particulate feed, such as corn, for dispensing through the manifold and head to wildlife. The head has a multiplicity of feed troughs and each feed trough has an angled top wall and an angled bottom wall, angled with respect to a longitudinal axis of the manifold and a plane of a tabular floor of the head.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2014
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Applicant: All Seasons Feeders, Inc.
    Inventor: Burnell Gates
  • Patent number: 8800491
    Abstract: An animal feeder is provided having a movable gate between a hopper portion and a trough portion of the feeder. An adjustment mechanism is positioned on the hopper wall above gate and is operable to adjust the position of the gate, and hence, the size of the opening between the hopper and trough. The adjustment mechanism allows for easy control of the size of the opening between the hopper and the trough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: The GSI Group, LLC
    Inventors: James M. Adermann, John Frankovich
  • Patent number: 8800492
    Abstract: A feeder apparatus including a frame, a tray on the frame, and a hopper on the frame with an interior for holding feed. The hopper may be positioned above the tray and have a dispensing opening in a lower end to dispense feed into the tray. The apparatus may include a feed flow control assembly extending from the tray into the hopper and including a closing member configured for at least partially restricting feed movement through the dispensing opening. The closing member may be mounted on the tray and positioned in the hopper above the opening to define a gap therebetween. The hopper may be mounted on the frame in a manner that permits adjustment of the proximity of the hopper to the tray to adjust a size of the gap between the closing member and the dispensing opening to control feed flow through the gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Inventors: George Hofer, Jr., Mark Waldner
  • Patent number: 8701595
    Abstract: A pet food dispenser comprising a lid and a hopper bin. The lid fits over a loading opening of the hopper bin. A main section includes a base, and the main section includes a base cover having a hopper funnel and a hopper recess. An auger assembly has an intake opening and an output opening, and the auger assembly is removably cradled in the hopper recess. When the auger assembly is operating, an auger blade is formed as a helical screw that drives articles from the intake opening to the output opening. A motor mount has a motor, and the motor is mechanically connected to the auger assembly to drive the auger assembly. The motor mount is connected to the base. A microprocessor controls actuation of the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Inventors: Samuel Zhihui Jin, Wenjun Pu
  • Patent number: 8689737
    Abstract: A wildlife feeder having a hopper, a manifold, and a removed head at a removed end of the manifold. The hopper is designed to enclose particulate feed, such as corn, for dispensing through the manifold and head to wildlife. The head has a multiplicity of feed troughs and each feed trough has an angled top wall and an angled bottom wall, angled with respect to a longitudinal axis of the manifold and a plane of a tabular floor of the head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: All Seasons Feeders, Inc.
    Inventor: Burnell Gates
  • Publication number: 20140076238
    Abstract: A vernier adjustor for a feed dispenser is provided. The vernier adjustor includes first and second slotted members moveable in slidable relation and a pin, the first and second slotted members each including a plurality of slots separated by respective first and second spacings. The pin is adapted for placement within an aligned slot pairing to fix movement of the first slotted member relative to the second slotted member. The first and second slotted members are positionable in increments less than the first and second spacings. In particular, the first and second slotted members are positionable in increments substantially equal to the difference between the first spacing and the second spacing. Movement of the first slotted member relative to the second slotted member provides an incremental raising or lowering of a feed gate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2013
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Applicant: Innova-Tech Solutions Corp.
    Inventors: Paul M. Chellberg, John A. Radtke
  • Publication number: 20140060440
    Abstract: An improved livestock feeder provided with an adjustable feed dispensing mechanism including control levers which are operatively connected to the feed metering gates to control the flow of feed to livestock. The dispensing mechanism features a control lever which engage an array of indexing holes formed in the feeder to position the feed gate within the opening to adjust the amount of feed dispensed from the hopper. The dispensing mechanism includes a graduated scale corresponding to each of the index holes to provide a standard setting for the feeder which can be utilized by an animal producer to supply of feed flow at a given stage in the animal's life cycle to obtain a desired growth rate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2013
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Applicant: CTB, INC.
    Inventors: Paul J. BONDARENKO, Bryan S. SHIVE, Leon S. ZIMMERMAN, George S. ZIMMERMAN, Anthony MARTIN, Harry R. VAN HORN, II, Andrew J. RAUSCH
  • Patent number: 8656862
    Abstract: A device catering for the dietary needs of animals. Feed is stored in a hopper and distributed at intervals to the animal's feeding receptacle via an internal dispensing mechanism using a flexible rotor sealing against the walls of a housing to both meter the feed and seal against contamination. The quantities and delivery times may be set by the user. An optional weighting system can be provided to increase accuracy of delivered feed amounts. Optionally, the device may include a water delivery system. Water is provided by a plumbed domestic connection and is available to the animal at all times, except during the automatic change cycle. A pump is utilized to change the water several times a day, in an attempt to remove any contaminants that may affect the water quality that is required to be dispensed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Inventors: Navin Manickchan, Byron Biswah
  • Patent number: 8573156
    Abstract: An animal feeding device for feeding animals, including wildlife, is disclosed. The animal feeding device includes a first storage compartment and a second storage compartment inside the first storage compartment. Both storage compartments have openings on the upper ends thereof. The first and second storage compartments have feed assemblies engaged to the lower end thereof, to provide a first feed from a first storage compartment to a first feed assembly, and a second feed from a second storage compartment to a second feed assembly. In this manner, two different types of feed may be poured into one device, but kept separate, a first feed, for example, in a first storage compartment, and a second feed in a second storage compartment. Moreover, a first and second feeding assembly can be engaged with the first or second storage means and below the first and second storage means to gravity feed the first feed to the first feed assembly and the second feed to the second feed assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: All Seasons Feeders, Inc.
    Inventor: Burnell Gates
  • Publication number: 20130160713
    Abstract: An improved livestock feeder provided with an adjustable feed dispensing mechanism including control levers which are operatively connected to the feed metering gates to control the flow of feed to livestock. The dispensing mechanism features a control lever which engage an array of indexing holes formed in the feeder to position the feed gate within the opening to adjust the amount of feed dispensed from the hopper. The dispensing mechanism includes a graduated scale corresponding to each of the index holes to provide a standard setting for the feeder which can be utilized by an animal producer to supply of feed flow at a given stage in the animal's life cycle to obtain a desired growth rate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2012
    Publication date: June 27, 2013
    Applicant: CTB IP, INC.
    Inventor: CTB IP, INC.
  • Patent number: 8459204
    Abstract: An animal feeder has a feed hopper with side walls, end walls, a bottom assembly, and an open top. Moveable gates extend below the lower edge of the side walls and are slidably mounted upon the side walls. The bottom assembly includes a feed trough under the gate in communication with the feed hopper. An adjustment mechanism allows vertical adjustment of the gate relative to the feed trough and includes an upwardly extending rod connected at its lower end to the gate and at its upper end to one end of a crank lever. The crank lever is rotatable about a pivot provided in a bracket extending perpendicularly to the end walls of the feed hopper. A pair of handles extends through a pair of slots provided in an arcuate panel attached to the bracket. Rotational movement of the handle and crank lever cause vertical adjustment of the gate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Inventor: Roy Lato
  • Publication number: 20130139757
    Abstract: A poultry feeder is provided that may be fully charged with feed. In one embodiment, the feeder includes a feeder pan and a feeder tower that vertically moveable with respect to the pan. The feeder tower is movable between a first closed position in which a bottom end of the feeder tower engages the feeder pan and a second open position forming a gap between the end of the tower and pan to dispense feed. Feed is precluded from entering the pan when the feeder tower is in the first position. In some embodiments, an adjusting collar may be provided to limit regulate the amount of feed dispensed to the feeder pan. The feeder tower is configured for suspension from an overhead feeding system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2011
    Publication date: June 6, 2013
    Inventor: Frederick W. Steudler, JR.
  • Publication number: 20130139758
    Abstract: A poultry feeder is provided that may be fully charged with feed. In one embodiment, the feeder includes a feeder tower and a feeder pan assembly that is vertically moveable with respect to the pan. The feeder pan assembly is movable between a first closed position in which a bottom end of the feeder tower engages the feeder pan and a second open position forming a gap between the end of the tower and pan to dispense feed. Feed is precluded from entering the pan when the feeder pan assembly is in the first position. In one embodiment, the feeder pan assembly is operated between the two positions via a cable. An adjusting collar may be provided to regulate the amount of feed dispensed to the feeder pan.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2011
    Publication date: June 6, 2013
    Inventor: Frederick W. Steudler, JR.
  • Publication number: 20130098299
    Abstract: An animal feeder is provided having a movable gate between a hopper portion and a trough portion of the feeder. An adjustment mechanism is positioned on the hopper wall above gate and is operable to adjust the position of the gate, and hence, the size of the opening between the hopper and trough. The adjustment mechanism allows for easy control of the size of the opening between the hopper and the trough.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2012
    Publication date: April 25, 2013
    Applicant: The GSI Group, LLC
    Inventor: The GSI Group, LLC
  • Patent number: 8381683
    Abstract: Feed dispenser for feeding birds, comprising a dispenser tray (1) having a center section (2) which is raised relative to the bottom surface (3). The raised center section interacts with a downpipe (7) in such a way that a supplied volume of feed (8) is distributed over the bottom surface of the dispenser tray. The center section of the dispenser tray is joined to the bottom surface which blends into a rising outwardly directed side wall (4). The side wall ends in an outer edge. The dispenser tray comprises at least two steep wall sections in the side wall at different height levels relative to the bottom surface. The steep wall sections extend in a direction parallel to the outer edge. In the vertical direction, the side wall has a top (4c) and a bottom half (4d). The bottom half comprises at least two steep wall sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: Roxell N.V.
    Inventors: Philippe Hyppoliet Pia Maria Keirse, Koen Debruyne, Sofie Els Johanna van Zele
  • Publication number: 20120285387
    Abstract: A nutrient dispensing apparatus for birds having a hanger and two interchangeable dispensers supported by the hanger. Each dispenser includes a bottle for holding liquid or solid nutrients, and at least one basin into which the liquid or solid nutrients, water and bird feed, for example, are made available to the birds. The user can change the configuration of the dispensers as desired to provide just liquid nutrients, just solid nutrients or both. The flow rates for dispensing of the nutrients are different for each nutrient alternative.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2012
    Publication date: November 15, 2012
    Inventors: Romilly Humphries, William R. VAUGHN, JR.
  • Patent number: 8281745
    Abstract: A management system for managing animals on a dairy farm includes a receiving element (12) provided for receiving, for each of the animals, a value of a protein content and a value of a fat content of milk from the animal as milked on the dairy farm; a calculating element (19) provided for calculating, for each of the animals, the ratio of the values of the protein and fat contents of milk from the animal; a comparison element (20) provided for fetching, for each of the animals, from a database (18) a reference protein/fat ratio, and for comparing the calculated protein/fat ratio with the reference protein/fat ratio; and a notifying element (21-23), preferably a display unit (21) or a loudspeaker (22), provided for notifying, for each of the animals, a dairy farmer (24) of the dairy farm depending on the outcome of the comparison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: DeLaval Holding AB
    Inventor: Pierre De Villiers
  • Publication number: 20120210940
    Abstract: The apparatus of the present invention is a pet pantry having storage containers for pet-related equipment, accessories, medication, or other items, and also pet food storage and dispensing. The food dispensing mechanism allows for measured food dispensing, providing volume adjustment mechanisms to dispense a desired quantity of pet food. The food dispensing mechanism is a single movement handle or button dispensing the desired quantity of food. The pet pantry is also modular allowing for adjustments to a pet owner's specification.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2012
    Publication date: August 23, 2012
    Inventors: Michael S. Mahle, Craig Rubino
  • Patent number: 8201520
    Abstract: Gravity flow animal feed dispensing apparatus includes feed supply tubes depending from a bottom wall of a feed storage hopper supported by a frame elevated above ground level. Feed dispensing tubes or a plate are connected to the feed supply tubes and flow control baffles and/or a flow control valve limit the dispensation of feed. A wildfowl embodiment of the apparatus includes an access control cage disposed about the feed dispensing member. The orientation of the feed supply tubes and dispensing tubes may be varied to provide access to feed by animals of various sizes and to provide for placement of the apparatus adjacent a confinement wall or fence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Assignee: Rick Meritt Investments, Ltd.
    Inventor: Rick Meritt
  • Patent number: 8091507
    Abstract: A feeder assembly is used in a feed distribution system having a feed supply conduit. The feeder assembly includes an elongated pan member. The feeder assembly includes first and second fill ports for receiving feed from the feed supply conduit and for providing feed onto a base portion of the pan member. Each fill port provides feed to a separate portion of the base portion of the elongated pan member. The fill ports are defined through an outer grill member having an elongated rim member which is operatively associated with the pan member. First and second drop tube members are associated with the first and second fill ports to direct (feed flowing through the fill ports through first and second lower feed gates and onto the pan member. The drop tube members may have brood gates provided therethrough for providing a raised level of feed in the pan member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Assignee: CTB, Inc.
    Inventors: Theodore J. Cole, Lionel L. Kreger, Charles R. Bird
  • Publication number: 20110297092
    Abstract: An animal feeder has a feed hopper with side walls, end walls, a bottom assembly, and an open top. Moveable gates extend below the lower edge of the side walls and are slidably mounted upon the side walls. The bottom assembly includes a feed trough under the gate in communication with the feed hopper. An adjustment mechanism allows vertical adjustment of the gate relative to the feed trough and includes an upwardly extending rod connected at its lower end to the gate and at its upper end to one end of a crank lever. The crank lever is rotatable about a pivot provided in a bracket extending perpendicularly to the end walls of the feed hopper. A pair of handles extends through a pair of slots provided in an arcuate panel attached to the bracket. Rotational movement of the handle and crank lever cause vertical adjustment of the gate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2011
    Publication date: December 8, 2011
    Inventor: Roy Lato
  • Patent number: 8033248
    Abstract: A method of managing feed flow within a feeder from a feed supply conduit to a pan of said feeder is provided. The method includes the step of providing a feeder including a pan and a drop tube assembly where the assembly is configured to receive feed from the conduit, and where the assembly defines a feed gate through an outer wall thereof such that feed received from the conduit flows through the feed gate and into the pan. The method further includes the step of regulating a position of the feed gate in the outer wall of the assembly such that feed flow into the pan can be substantially controlled, such that the feed flow can be substantially directed into selected areas and at selected levels within the pan, and/or such that the position of the feed gate is variable relative to a distal end of the assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2011
    Assignee: CTB, Inc.
    Inventors: Theodore J. Cole, Lionel L. Kreger, James R. Kraft, Philip Wilfong
  • Patent number: 8015944
    Abstract: An improved livestock feeder provided with an adjustable feed dispensing mechanism including control levers which are operatively connected to the feed metering gates to control the flow of feed to livestock. The dispensing mechanism features a control lever which engage an array of indexing holes formed in the feeder to position the feed gate within the opening to adjust the amount of feed dispensed from the hopper. The dispensing mechanism includes a graduated scale corresponding to each of the index holes to provide a standard setting for the feeder which can be utilized by an animal producer to supply of feed flow at a given stage in the animal's life cycle to obtain a desired growth rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: CTB, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul J. Bondarenko, Bryan S. Shive, Leon S. Zimmerman, George S. Zimmerman, Anthony Martin, Harry R. Van Horn, II, Andrew Rausch
  • Patent number: 7975648
    Abstract: An animal feeder includes a hopper above a shelf onto which feed can fall to be taken by the animal or dropped into a trough below the shelf. The height of the shelf is adjustable in a course movement to move the shelf from a low height for smaller animals to a raised height for the animal after they have grown. The shelf is also adjustable in fine movement to change the width of the opening through which the feed passes to control feed rate. The shelf is carried on straps which extend along the end walls of the hopper and are movable by an adjustment linkage defined by a plate carried on the end wall and a manually adjustable lever mounted for pivotal movement on the plate. The lever has two pivot positions on the plate providing the two course adjustments and two graduated scales for the fine adjustment each cooperating with a respective pivot position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: Crystal Spring Colony Farms Ltd
    Inventor: Jonathan Kleinsasser
  • Patent number: 7963250
    Abstract: An animal feeder which is adapted to simultaneously dispense feed and liquid onto a feed material receiving member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2011
    Inventors: Joey Rey Brehmer, John Philip O'Mara, Jamie Charles Brehmer
  • Publication number: 20110079180
    Abstract: A feed distribution system has a feed supply conduit and a feeder. The conduit is configured to move feed therethrough. At least a portion of the conduit defines a longitudinal axis. The feeder has a pan and first and second fill ports for receiving the feed moving through the conduit and for providing the feed to the pan. Each port defines a first opening at which feed flows into the port from the conduit and a second opening at which feed flows out of the port and onto the pan, wherein the first and second openings of each port define centers thereof. The center of the first opening of each port is provided along the axis of the conduit. The center of the second opening of each port is offset from the center of the first opening of each port and from the axis of the conduit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2010
    Publication date: April 7, 2011
    Applicant: CTB, INC.
    Inventors: Theodore J. Cole, Lionel L. Kreger, Charles R. Bird
  • Patent number: 7891317
    Abstract: An animal feeder for supplying a feed to an animal of choice for feeding the animal of choice in an unprotected environment such as the outdoors. The feeder comprising a base for support the feeder on a ground surface, a support frame extending upwardly from the base and a hopper supported by the frame. The hopper having a storage reservoir for storing a supply of feed with a feed entry opening that is closeable to prevent exposure to the outdoors. The hopper further including a feed chute below the reservoir having an upper region sealingly joined to the reservoir and a lower region below the upper region that is sealingly joined to a feeding chamber. The feeding chamber having a bottom surface wherein the feed supply can move from the reservoir into the feeding chamber and rest on the bottom surface based on gravity alone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2011
    Inventors: Sean T. Bodenstab, Ronald W. Friesen
  • Patent number: 7819083
    Abstract: An improved livestock feeder provided with an adjustable feed dispensing mechanism including control levers which are operatively connected to the feed metering gates to control the flow of feed to livestock. The dispensing mechanism features a control lever which engage an array of indexing holes formed in the feeder to position the feed gate within the opening to adjust the amount of feed dispensed from the hopper. The dispensing mechanism includes a graduated scale corresponding to each of the index holes to provide a standard setting for the feeder which can be utilized by an animal producer to supply of feed flow at a given stage in the animal's life cycle to obtain a desired growth rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2010
    Assignee: CTB, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul J. Bondarenko, Bryan S. Shive, Leon S. Zimmerman, George S. Zimmerman, Anthony Martin, Harry R. Van Horn, II, Andrew Rausch