The idea for the Peach Teat originated in early 1993 when dairy farmer Robert McIntyre decided there had to be a better way of feeding his calves than using the hard tubes of rubber that were the industry-standard calf feeding teat.
He knew that if a teat could be devised that worked just like a real cow’s teat the calves would feed much more naturally, gain weight faster and eliminate the common problem of mouth ulcers caused by the existing teat’s hard rubber.
The early designs of the teat, the internal valve and the precise positioning of the two milk openings at the tip of the teat were conceived while Robert spent many hours with various materials in the bath tub.
The factory that Robert first established to manufacture the Peach Teats in late 1993 was located in a shed on his dairy farm in Hunterville, New Zealand. The conditions were a little primitive, to say the least, but this small start gave him the experience to develop the teat further, and the numbers sold steadily grew, until Peach Teats became the best selling calf feeding teat in New Zealand.
Peach Teats and Skellerup
In 1996 an arrangement between Skellerup Industries, recognised worldwide as the leading manufacturer of quality dairy rubber, and Peach Teats enabled the production numbers to increase when the manufacture of the teats moved to the Skellerup factory in Christchurch, New Zealand. Skellerup is a company with over 100 years proven experience in dairy rubber production. In 2000 a urethane was formulated specially for the Peach Teat valve to make it as close as technologically possible to a real calf’s teat.