Holm & Laue - Automatic Calf Feeder
Win time and flexibility: Look after your calves on YOUR OWN time rather than allowing the calves to rule how you organise your day. There are often other jobs and responsibilities to be taken care of in the mornings and evenings in particular: milking and feeding the cows, making breakfast for the family or getting the children to school...
Automated work routines
With the H&L 100, all employees know when they have to do what. At fixed times you specify yourself, you carry out refill work, teat changes etc. And the optional CalfGuide makes your work even easier: it offers helpful “To-do management” and tells you or employees in the morning what jobs need doing during the day.
Recent scientific studies have demonstrated that intensive feeding in terms of diet and mixture in the first weeks of calf life leads to considerably higher milk production later. With the H&L 100 you master all the requirements of modern feeding concepts.
No more need to lug buckets
Your back will thank you: no more lugging buckets around! All you do is put milk replacer powder into the big reservoir or whole milk into the appropriate tank.
Individual calf mixtures
All automatic feeders can vary the feeding quantity per calf. Yet the H&L 100 can do even more. Modern feeding programmes require a higher MAT concentration at the start of rearing (e.g. 160 g/l) to give a power pulse. In the drinking phase however, a lower concentration is needed (130 g/l). This individuality is the pre-condition for modern feeding strategies.
Enjoy calm and compliant calves
Since the H&L 100 does not restrict feeding to certain times of day, calves can come and drink at any time. They will not see a nurse in you and will therefore remain calm when people enter the barn.
Tube cleaning right to the teat
All tube systems used to have deposits of contaminated milk because they had not been cleaned often enough or thoroughly enough. For the first time the new HygieneStation can automatically flush out and clean the whole milk pipeline right through to the teat after each feed. This will reduce a calf’s exposure to bacteria, improve the health of the calves and save on manual cleaning.
Quick-release teat fastener
The nipple can easily be changed with a quick-release handle.
Cleaning at 65° C/150° F
Temperature is a key factor when cleaning, so we can clean both the mixing jar and all hoses to the nipple at up to 65° C/150° F.
Calves teach themselves
As soon as a calf lifts the teat, a small amount of milk flows into its mouth. This stimulates the calf’s initial drinking impulse; manual learning is necessary in only exceptional cases.(IMPORTANT: When the calves are learning to use the feeder we take specific care to ensure that milk is not entirely pumped into the mouth as this can easily result in fluid entering the rumen.)
Natural drinking approach
The teat at the feeding station is positioned so that it slants downwards in a similar way to the teats on the suckler cow. This encourages the natural drinking position of the calf. When the head is stretched, this encourages the natural reflex of the oesopha- geal groove and reduces the risk of milk passing into the rumen.
Always have a clean teat
The teat on a feeding station has the potential to spread germs. In the new HygieneStation the teat is cleaned after every visit. Germ contamination on the teat drops by an average of 80%!
All components can be reached at a comfortable working height. This eases control. Parts that are relevant for maintenance are highlighted in yellow. The design of the station also makes it possible to place the station in the outdoor climate stable, because all parts are securely frostproof packaged.
Always freshly mixed
The central milk supply of conventional machines has another disadvantage: At 40° C/104° F, the germ content in milk doubles every 20 minutes. With the HL100 no milk residues are left in the system and the milk is freshly mixed for each calf, no matter how many calves you have!
Can be tilted to clean
Many stations are installed directly in the pens. The HygieneStation can be tipped forward at a 90° angle so that manure can be removed and the whole area can easily be mucked out with the use of a tractor.
Cleaned mucus bowl
Each calf produces mucus when drinking. With the hygiene system this is collected together with the cleaning water of the teat in a mucus bowl and washed away after each feeding process. This means that the floor area within the feeding station stays clean and dry.
Many feeding systems work with a central milk supply from which all calves get the same milk.This presents a problem: Modern feeding programmes (e.g. the metabolic programming) require a higher CMR concentration at the start of rearing (e.g. 160 g/l) to give a metabolic pulse. In the drinking phase however, a lower concentration is needed (120 g/l). Our individual animal feeding is the basic require- ment for these modern feeding strategies.
LED lit teat
Practice has shown that the calves can orientate better when the teat is illuminated. This increases the intake of milk during the night and during the day the stable is also calmer because the feeding process is evenly distributed over 24 hours.
For each calf, there is a feeding programme which defines which mix it should drink in which quantity at what time. CalfGuide provides you with an overview of all the feeding quantities right from the start of the rearing stage for each calf.
We cannot know today what questions you will have in the future about calf feeding. But CalfGuide can very probably still answer them: through the flexible list generator, which you can use to process all CalfGuide data according to your own very individual requirements. (Comparison of weight development with different types of feeding, number of alarm calves in different bays...)
Is one of the calves not going to achieve its feeding quantity for the half-day? What were the data for the last halfday like? All these data are used in real time to calculate the alarm index, giving you an overview of which calves you or your employees need to pay special attention to.
For tablet or PC
CalfGuide works with different operating systems and devices, and will run both on your workstation computer and on a PC tablet. Giving you a perfect overview in the calf barn at all times. All data are only a few fingertips away...
CalfGuide automates your work and reminds you what is to be done. Move to a new stall after xxx days? Separate the male calves after xxx days? You simply define all recurring tasks once, and CalfGuide will remind you and your employees every day of what needs to be done.
For all your calf feeders
CalfGuide integrates ALL H&L 100 automatic feed- ers in your calf barn. In particular, larger scale operations with several automatic feeders value the clear presentation of all calves, individual groups or the whole herd on one single screen.
CalfGuide doesn’t forget anything. All data such as feeding quantities, weight development, treatments etc. are stored permanently for all your calves. You can both access the individual calf data and evaluate these using the list generator. Would you like to know what you did differently in the calf phase of your high-performance cows compared to your “problem animals”? CalfGuide provides all the information you need.
The special feature of Holm&Laue automatic feeders is the individual feeding option for your calves. Including variable quantities, mixes or different additives. Previously, different “feeding programmes” had to be stored in the calf feeder to achieve this. Now, you can control the feeding groups centrally for ALL your feeders using Calf- Guide. Let us assume you wish to change some calves to whole milk feed, or change the milk replacer mix, or reduce it more slowly... Then all you have to do is change the feeding programme for the group in CalfGuide and the feeding pattern is changed automatically at all the automatic feeders. It couldn’t be easier.
Data reception & control of the automatic feeders
The laborious operation of your automatic feeders on the respective device displays is now a thing of the past. With CalfGuide, you not only see all the relevant calf and automatic feeder data in one system, you can also manage all the automatic feeder data centrally, adapt feeding programmes or change calf data in the automatic feeder.
The data from your automatic feeders are recorded and managed centrally on a server. The CalfGuide system then provides a Wi-Fi connection in the calf barn so that you can use all the functions at any time e.g. with a PC tablet. It goes without saying that you can integrate CalfGuide in your farm network, allowing you to use all the CalfGuide functions from all the workstations in your network.
Connection to external software
CalfGuide is an open and future-safe system. It ensures communication with other systems through SQL databases and standardised protocols. Data import or export e.g. to a herd management system is possible.