Batt-Latch Gate Release Timer 

The Batt-Latch is the world’s only portable solar-powered automatic gate release timer.


Pre-programmed by the farmer, this timer can be used on any gate system, and is particularly suited to dairy farmers with feedpads or supplementary feeding.


In a paddock situation, the timer and a temporary gate replace the function of the normal gate. Attach the Batt-Latch to one post with its adjustable webbing strap and then hook the supplied spring gate or bungy cord to the latch cam, stretch it across and clip it to the other post, or wire fence. When the preset time is reached, the battery-powered internal motor/gearbox is activated by the timer, the cam turns 360˚ and the spring gate is released, enabling the stock to make their own way to the dairy, feedpad or other destination.


• Adaptable to all farming gate systems (pipe, tape, spring and Taranaki)
• Integrated solar panel eliminates downtime for charging, works year round worldwide.
• Tough all-weather, waterproof case for endurance in all conditions.
• Designed to operate with minimal power consumption and low sunlight.
• Full message display for fast referral to programmed release times.
• One-time easy setting of release times using keypad (up to 4 actions per day).
• Easily programmed to repeat your a.m. and p.m. releases every day of the week.
• New feature allows one-off releases to be set up to 2 weeks in advance.
• Supplied as full kit; long spring gate kit, post strap and energizer clip lead for instant use.
• New, comprehensive manual with helpful hints and tips included.
• 12 month warranty with rapid service guaranteed.


• Reduces time and labour, lameness and herd stress, pugging, fuel and running costs.
• Releases cows to feedpad or dairy at any hour of the day or night.
• Also used for remote applications on runoffs, holding back the herd and break-feeding.
• Other applications have included feral deer capture and use with horses, drystock and sheep.

The Batt-Latch gate release timer is absolutely brilliant for dairy farms using feedpads or for those who regularly break feed supplements before or after milking. The Batt-Latch has a very low capital cost and no maintenance expenses. 


Using the Batt-Latch, you can allow the herd access to the feedpad at very early hours before even the most energetic farm worker would care to rise. It also suits medium to large farms and herds, and those with long raceways to the dairy.


Farmers with multiple herds often buy one or two Batt-Latches per herd, using units to 'hold back' after milking and ensuring all of the herd get a chance at new grass.


You can also expect stress reduction in the herd, as they travel to feed at their own pace. Some farmers have reported reduced hoof damage when using the Batt-Latch, and this lines up with the new research findings on the causes of lameness. Farm bike running costs will be reduced, and you may find reduced farm vehicle accidents and mechanical damage as they're used less. In winter, careful use of the release times save on pugging damage to pasture. Some intrepid farmers have taken to the Batt-Latch for use on their runoffs, and often buy multiple units to stagger gate releases over several days. They now treat the units as essential tools in running their farms, as do our dairy farmer customers.

You can quickly calculate the labour savings...

3/4 hr return trip with the herd x 240 milking days x 2 milkings
= 360 hrs/year. At $30 per hour, that's $10,800 per annum!


Batt_latch Kit

Batt-Latch Solar Panel




The uses for this product are only limited by your imagination.


Dave van den Beuken & Jenny Buckley use it to shut their cows in, as shown in the video above.


Lena Aschan of Hallon Ab Oy (our distributor in Finland) uses her Batt-Latch to feed her horses during the day while she is at work, which keeps them healthy (horses that are not fed frequently can develop gastric ulcers). Check our International Distributors page to see contact information for Hallon Ab Oy


Or check out this innovative Horse Feeder from one of our customers in Sweden.




“The best product I’ve bought in 10 years - and brilliantly made”
    Greg - Gore


“Great machines. We use them for capturing wild deer. Catch 80-100 per year without getting out of bed & dragging my butt around the hills shutting gates in the early hours”
    Colin Baynes, Makapua Station, Wairoa


"The Batt Latch is a magical piece of equipment that can knock hours off your working week. It is a simple battery-operated device that can open the exits from paddocks at pre-set times. This means that you can set the Batt Latch to open in time to let the cows in for milking. It saves you the bother and time of having to walk out to bring in the cows.  This device can save you hundreds of hours per year."

     Irish Farmer's Journal - April 6, 2002

"We run a high input system. The Batt-Latch saves us 250-300 hours per year by letting the cows walk to the feedpad before milking, so we don't have to chase them. Experts say we also improve production by having the cows digest their food while standing in the yard." 
   Rick and Julie McDonald,


"Your Batt-Latch is up there with the electric fence and herringbone shed".
    Robert Stuart, Te Awamutu

"These are absolutely brilliant and we love it to bits".
    Michelle Eade, Manaia.

"The Batt-Latch is a great tool letting us start 1/2 hour later in the morning".
    Trevor Flooks, Thames.

"Excellent service, it came quick and the Batt-latch is saving me time and travelling- Magic!"
    Daniel Davison, Te Awamutu.

..."They are really good and save us so much time, and we pretty much had no lameness all of last season"....
    Matt Catley, Geraldine.

"Prompt contact and delivery.... they work brilliantly and we will probably get another two shortly.".
    Kevin Monks, Cambridge.


"We are using it to release our horses onto their break at 6am each morning, it has sped up the time needed to look after them each morning and allows a good sleep in on the weekends. These are the best invention ever :)".
    Katrina Wright, TeAroha.

...."we will now have two on the go....bringing the cows up to the extra hour in bed in the morning....what more can you ask for!"
    Tiffany Cawte, Otorohanga.
"Very happy with the gate opener - saving time and stress. Cheers-"
    Kylan Jacobsen, Te Awamutu.

"Your Batt-Latch looks great. Have heard great things about it.
This is actually going to be my husband's birthday present. Hope he likes it."

    Maree Saxton, Hawera.

"Great unit, thanks very much. First use was on our son's 7th birthday and
we were able to party until "the cows came home"
    L. Bramley.

"I have been using the one Batt-Latch on my feed pad here in Queensland, Australia for 4 years now... it just keeps charging and keeps working. Congratulations on a great easy to use product."
    Ray Devere, River Ridge Dairies, Queensland, Australia.

"We are saving droving labour in our operation, but we are much more interested in using it to reduce lameness and stress levels in our herd, and to make work easier for staff".
    Michael Connor, Mt. Compass, Australia.

...."it enables the cows to amble home for their afternoon feed of maize without me having to be around to go and get them. Awesome time saver.
I also use it for the morning milking, so when I arrive at the dairy, the cows are wandering in, and it's just a matter of sending the dog around the last ones and and then shooting down the race to set the gates for the next paddock. I also use it to hold the cows up after milking down the race, and have it set to open when the last cows are milked. More time, less lameness, it's a brilliant device to have. I've actually got two!"
    Noldy Rust, Te Pahu, Hamilton


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