Modern milk producers are constantly trying to improve the health of the herd.
Keeping calves strong and healthy is a guarantee of increased incomes
the turn is the essence of the functioning of the dairy farm. That it really is
It became possible for calves to eat properly and keep fit
clean environment, thus the percentage of mortality will decrease, but the potential
for higher doses in adulthood will increase.
According to Greg Ebts, owner of Calf-Star (www.calfstar.com), this is
It is exactly what his company is working on – the introduction of new, up-to-date solutions in
feeding calves on a dairy farm. Greg says: “We supply farms
equipment that makes it possible to increase weight gain in calves and, consequently,
we make it possible to increase our profit “.
One of these innovative products is the automatic feeder H & amp; L
100 from Holm & Laue, which quickly gains the American market. Thanks to
the possibility of customizing the feeding program individually, each calf has
the ability to fully satisfy their needs, whether they get milk, or mixtures with
the addition of certain medical devices and micro and macro elements. One feeder
with four stations can go up to 100-120 animals. Compared to competing ones
products on the market, H & L
100 is the only automatic feeding system that can prepare mixtures
individually, while serving up to 120 calves. In 2015, the company
Holm & Laue presented a new Hygienic Station at the international exhibition World
Dairy Expo in Madison, Wisconsin.
Just as hygiene is extremely important for the health and well-being of calves, the new station has attracted a lot of interest among the participants of the event, and during 2016-2017. well-proven, fully satisfying the expectations of American farmers. Its uniqueness lies in the fact that the whole system, along with the nipple, is washed out after each visit to the station, and the system has only four seconds to feed the milk directly to the nipple, after the animal is recognized. Twice a day, the cycle of washing the system automatically switches on, and in the case of bulk milk – even more often. In addition, the design of the station also has a unique structure: the nipple on the station is directed downwards, thus repeating the natural way of drawing the calf with milk, while moving the nipple, the calf automatically receives a small amount of milk in the mouth.
Greg says: “The whole process is reminiscent of the presentation of a calf by a cow on a pasture.
The function of automatic learning greatly facilitates acquaintance of the animal with the system “.
Justin Wagner, owner of the Wagner farm near Litchfield, Minnesota, says that Holm & Laue’s Hygiene Station is a big step forward compared to previous generations of dairy plants. Calves are much easier to accustom to the system. Daily maintenance has become easier, the pallet for saliva is washed, the nipple rinses on its own and conveniently removes in case of replacement.
Calves are instantly recognized by the RFID tag system. The walls of the station are easy and convenient to wash. I am convinced that this was an excellent investment, and I advise other farmers to get acquainted with this novelty. ”
HL100: calf manager
Here’s what Greg thinks about the HL100 system: “This feeder is a real manager. It saves time considerably. Everything is completely programmed and functions independently. The system controls the presentation of each animal, and, depending on its age, rate of development or health, an individual diet feeds them. The purpose of each farm is to optimize costs and generate high profits, and only such innovative equipment in the wake of this will contribute. ” Farmer Kevin Erf, whose farm is near Monroville, Ohio, agrees with Greg: By installing an automatic feeder on our farm, we not only donate calves, but also control everyone. As we increased the number, we were not forced to attract additional people “.
Studies have shown that optimal nutrition at an early age determines future diets that have the potential to grow to 15-20%, depending on the feeding program. And, in order to ensure its proper implementation and minimize the human factor, the farmer needs modern technology, such as Holm & Laue’s HL100 automatic feeding system.