Automatic Calf Feeders
Holm & Laue programmable calf feeders provide whole milk and group feeding, for healthier calves.
CalfExpert – NEW*
The New Trendsetter Among Calf Drinkers
Automatic feeders from Holm & Laue are robust, easy to operate and always provide for healthy and strong calves with individual mixing and hygienic milk preparation.
You will quickly see how the CalfExpert has revolutionized the work with your calves: they always have all the important information at hand: at the mixing station, HygieneStation or on their mobile phone. Not only is the milk preparation faster but also the automatic cleaning is faster. The whole milk feeding is finally just as comfortable as the feeding of milk replacer. The CalfExpert, in combination with the Double Jug milk cooling tank, also controls its functions independently, right through to the cleaning of all lines and containers.
Individual Calf Feeding
Always Freshly Mixed
With the CalfExpert, the milk is freshly mixed for each calf. Any milk residues are kept warm and rinsed out of the system during longer drinking pauses. Other automatic feeders work with a central milk supply. CalfExpert guarantees maximum hygiene and animal-specific feeding.
QuickChange Logic for More Performance
The CalfExpert has designed the mixing process and calf changeover to be even faster and optimizing utilization of the HygieneStations. The fast mixing ensures that the milk is at the stall after only 3 seconds. After the last mix, the system changes immediately to the second stall and another calf is fed. In addition, priorities can be specified in the CalfExpert menu so that young or sick calves are given preferential treatment. The tried-and-trusted flextime program is an additional guarantee that the calves’ feeding times are spread very evenly throughout the day without the animals clustering around the stalls. This reduces waiting times for high animal capacities and ensures calves have a positive “visit experience”
Four calves can be fed simultaneously from two PowerMixers. Milk is mixed freshly as needed, no pooling. The capacity has been increased approximately 20-30%.
With the CalfExpert, every possible feeding program can be implemented. Each curve can have up to 16 turning points, allows fine tuning down to the last detail.
Flexible Feeding Programs
8 Feeding Curves for Maximum Flexibility
With the CalfExpert, every possible feeding program can be implemented. The feeding curves can be adapted extremely flexibly in each of the 8 groups. UP to 16 “turning points” allow you to fine tune your personal feeding concept down to the last detail.
Intensive feeding the first few weeks of a calf’s life will usually lead to significantly higher milk production later in life.
Heater in the PowerMixer
If the calf is drinking slow or if you are allowing the ration to be carried over to the next calf, there is a heater in the PowerMixer to keep milk warm.
Intelligent whole milk feeding that determines the shortage of whole milk and calculates a mixture of milk/milk replacer to feed to all the calves.
Clean and Reliable
Tube Cleaning Including the Teat
All tube systems used to have deposits of contaminated milk because they had not been cleaned often enough or thoroughly enough. The HygieneStation rinses the entire milk tube through to the teat during longer drinking breaks. In addition, the complete milk system is cleaned several times every day. When the Double Jug is used, the supply line to the CalfExpert is automatically cleaned with it. This will reduce a calf’s exposure to bacteria, improve the health of the calves and save on manual cleaning.
Dual Wash System
As with food contact washing practices in North America, the CalfExpert uses a rinse, alkaline, rinse, acid, rinse cycle. This new feature along with 150F washing cycle assures cleaning of the entire CalfExpert system. When using the Double Jug whole milk system, the Double Jug controls the system cleaning.
Smarter Work-Better Performance
Smart Keys-7″ Display
Newly designed SmartKeys allow the user to navigate through the CalfExpert user interface without removing gloves or worrying about getting the robust 7″ display dirty.
Optional CalfGuide software even makes things more convenient. Here, calf information can be monitored and edited real-time. CalfGuide offers To-Do technology, providing jobs for employees to do during the day.
Mounted on the station or on the wall, the display indicates relevant information about the calf in the calf group.
Double Jug Connection
The Calf Star Double Jug is connected to the CalfExpert, providing real-time information to the CalfExpert seamlessly working with the EvenMilk program to assure calves are fed a consistent ration, day-in, day-out. The Double Jug supplies the wash water and chemicals on greater quantities, assuring a squeaky-clean system.
Holm & Laue HL100 Programmable Calf Feeder
Stainless Steel Construction
Can feed 100-120 calves with just one unit
Optional second mixer bowl allowing two calves to drink at once
Liquid and Powder dosing options
Whole milk delivery option
Automatic CIP system
Rinses feeding tube between each calf
Rugged feeding stall design
RFID TAG or collar tag option
HygieneStation for HL 100 and CalfExpert
Tube cleaning including the teat
For the first time the new HygieneStation can automatically flush out and clean the whole milk pipeline right to the teat after each feeding
Reduces the calf’s exposure to bacteria
Improves the health of the calf
The outside of the teat is cleaned after every visit as well
Germ contamination on the teat drops by an average of 80%
Cleaned Mucus Bowl
Mucus is collected together in the bowl and is flushed after each feeding
Natural Drinking Approach
The teat at the feeding station is positioned so that it slants downwards. This encourages the natural drinking position of the calf
When the head is stretched this encourages the natural reflex of the esophageal groove and reduces the risk of milk passing into the rumen.
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. During the day it is more calm because the feeding process is evenly distributed over 24 hours.
Calves Teach Themselves
As soon as a calf lifts the teat, a small amount of milk flows into it’s mouth. This stimulates the calf’s initial drinking impulse; manual learning is only necessary in exceptional cases.
Quick Release Teat Fastener
The teat is easily changed with a quick release handle
Improved quality of life for yourself – adapt calf feeding to the way you live.
Healthy calves are reared in groups – nature is our model. It shows us how calf rearing should take place.
Enjoy calm and compliant calves – calves can come and drink at any time. They will not see a nurse in you and, will remain calm when people enter the barn.
Flexible feeding programs – five different feeding programs for every single calf are available for maximum flexibility.
Optimum calf monitoring – data lists provide a quick overview of your calves’ wellbeing. Animals requiring attention appear on specific alarm lists. Valuable information is compiled by the animal weigh scales in the feeder stalls – early identification of weight loss enables treatment before serious illness develops.
Feed additives administered – minimal doses of acids (or other additives) can be added to the milk diet in order to stabilize the gastro-intestinal system.
The importance of hygiene.
After every visit, the mixer bowl and the tubing to the teat are rinsed with clear water. No milk residues will remain in the system. The H&L 100 starts a wash cycle automatically at least twice a day (more frequently with a whole milk diet).
Reduce costs and improve returns.
Optimum and early nutrition promotes the calves’ future high performance potential. With an optimized feeding program, they will produce 10% – 20% more milk. An improved state of health results in a lower death rate, too, hence more animals in the herd reared from your herd offspring.
Safe and reliable.
The feeding equipment is just like any employee in your operation – you want it to be reliable. The H&L 100 has been developed with high quality components to feed your calves 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Keep Intruders out
Two large doors protect the critical compartment in which the mixer bowls are installed. This keeps flies away from the milk, thereby also avoiding plugged milk feeding lines. The doors can be locked so children cannot get harmed or injured.
These are some of the features and benefits offered by Holm & Laue feeders. Ask your Calf-Star representative for more information on how to successfully automate your calf feeding.