Model Calm - Calf feeder
“ We are getting a longer, lankier animal, there is less fat over the frame, but a bigger frame that is more grown out than you might be used to. They seem to just shoot away after a short time being auto-fed.” New Zealand
Anyone in pursuit of a sustainable cow with a high lifetime production must first optimize the rearing of young cattle. The Lely Calm automatic calf feeder guarantees the optimal growth and development of these young animals. Calves can still enjoy their natural behaviour and drink whenever they want, in a controlled way, while labour is reduced to the minimum. After all, today’s calves are tomorrow’s high performance cows.
One of the most important aspects of the Lely Calm automatic calf feeder’s benefits is the labour saving. Labour availability is becoming more and more important on dairy farms. Farmers and their workers will have to improve efficiency even further to be able to achieve a reasonable income and the calf rearing is an area where often some very large savings can be made. One of the biggest savings is the reduction of time for milk preparation and the actual feeding of the milk. The Calm calf feeder works from a central unit, which prepares the milk and distributes it to a drinking station where the calf will receive her portion. Cleaning is another feature; no more cleaning of all the buckets. The Calm feeder can be equipped with an automatic cleaning kit. Due to the central feeding alley compared to feeding roughage per pen this time is reduced as well. The Calm calf feeder will also drastically reduce management time, which is done by the exception reports and alerts you will receive from the process controller. Some considerable additional benefits can come from the extra time available for observation of the calves.
For calves housed in groups, a Lely Calm automatic calf feeder is the perfect solution. Depending on the type of automatic feeder, it can provide 25-30 calves with
predetermined portions of milk several times a day. This way of feeding is particularly suited to the biorhythm of the animal. The calf drinking station prepares each
portion in the same way.
- Distribution to a natural pattern over the day.
- Fresh preparation of each portion.
- Correct temperature of 39 degrees Celsius (102 F) for the calf’s digestive system.
- Accurate distribution of milk powder.
- Milk quantity per visit may depend on the age of the calf.
This results in a better health and growth. Loss is limited during the rearing stage. The Calm provides milk at a constant temperature, at the same concentration and in portions that are precisely adapted to the calf’s needs. It is also quite easy to feed the animals four times a day and then gradually reduce the milk yield so that weaning takes place slowly. The animals will then have more time for the intake of roughage which will stimulate rumen development. The calves will be trained to the stage of ruminant more quickly and will have less weaning problems.