Calf Feeding: Automatic, But Still Individualised


In the past, the primary goal of computerised automatic feeders was to feed as many calves as possible with as little work as possible.


Today, the technology must also adapt flexibly to changing calf rearing and breeding situations, and, for example, must be able to offer different feeding programmes with different types of feed, of course always adjusted to the individual calf and taking into account the optimum state of health. The H&L 100 automatic feeding system has already been effectively implementing all of these features in everyday practice for many years now.

For growing farm operations, however, other factors are becoming more important: ensuring maximum hygiene, storing and analysing important calf data, and effective and efficient work organization in the calf housing are essential for successful farms.

With its hygiene stations and the CalfGuide management programme, the H&L 100 system is continuously setting new benchmarks in the field of automatic calf feeding. On the following pages, we will show you how the H&L 100 will revolutionise your work in the calf stable!

Individualised Calf Feeding

Feeding many calves with freshly mixed milk and a programme adapted to the individual calf is a huge challenge. The H&L 100 masters the task perfectly.

Always Freshly Mixed

Always Freshly Mixed

Many conventional automatic feeders work with a central milk supply, which has an enormous disadvantage: At 40° C, the bacteria content in milk doubles every 20 minutes. With the H&L 100, however, the milk is freshly mixed for each calf, and no milk residue remains that could contaminate the system.

Individualised Mixing

Individualised Mixing

The central milk supply used in conventional automatic feeders has another major disadvantage: Modern feeding programmes (e.g. metabolic programming) require a higher milk replacer concentration at the start of rearing (e.g. 160 g/l) in order to give a metabolic boost. In the weaning phase, however, a lower concentration is needed (130 g/l). This individualised animal feeding approach is the basic requirement for modern feeding strategies, and can only be implemented if the milk is individually mixed for each calf – like the H&L 100 does!

Calm and Compliant Calves

Calm and Compliant Calves

Since the H&L 100 does not restrict feeding to certain times of day, calves can come and drink the milk at any time. The calves will no longer view humans as wet nurses and thus will remain calm when people enter the calf stable. Younger and weaker calves have plenty of time to access and drink their milk. Since the H&L 100 operates with consecutive half-days, there is no set time when all the calves think it is feeding time and then swarm to the stations. In addition, the anti-pirate milk valve ensures that stronger calves will not steal the others’ milk. The result: very equable, calm groups of calves.

Weaning Process

Weaning Process

The H&L 100 very gently prepares your calves transition to eating concentrate and forage feed. At the end of the milk diet phase, it reduces the allocated milk quantity in small steps of 0.21 litres per day, thereby stimulating the development of the forestomach system.

Animal Weigh Scale

By incorporating the forefoot weigh scale, the H&L 100 records the daily growth of the calves. This information is then used to create and maintain separate alarm lists, and rapidly growing calves are weaned from the milk based on their weight development.

Concentrate Feed

In the concentrate feed station, the calves can be fed regular calf starters or cereals. The amount of food each calf has eaten is precisely determined, and any remaining quantities are taken into account in the process. Here as well, it is possible to program individual feeding of the milk based on the current consumption of the concentrate feed.

Flexible Feeding Programmes

Modern feeding programmes should always be adapted to the age, breed, individual rearing goal or health of the calf. The H&L 100 optimally incorporates all of those settings.

Metabolic Programming

Metabolic Programming

Many farmers know that early intensive feeding with respect to quantity and mixture in the first weeks of life generally results in a significantly higher milk yield later on. However, properly weaning the calves following the ad libitum phase poses particular challenges for any calf farmer. With the H&L 100, each calf is weaned slowly from a high milk intake both in terms of volume and concentration.

Milk Powder Quickly and Efficiently Mixed

Milk Powder Quickly and Efficiently Mixed

Flexibility in feeding also means that a variety of milk replacers and additives can be used. It is important to ensure that the milk is prepared optimally and the powder is thoroughly dissolved. The H&L PowerMixer stirs the milk powder in seconds. And the calf receives her freshly mixed milk directly in the teat after just 3 seconds.

Administer Additives Effectively

Administer Additives Effectively

Very small doses of acids (or other additives) can be added to the milk in order to stabilise the digestive tract and gastro-intestinal system. For sick calves, medicine can be added to the milk or administered through a special nutritional programme containing electrolytes. Two dosing units are available for maximum flexibility, you can choose between two powder dosers or one doser for powdered additives and one for liquid additives.

Whole Milk Diet

Whole Milk Diet

Up to 100% whole milk can be fed using the H&L 100 whole milk programme. Either the whole milk is supplied directly from your whole milk tank or you can use our H & L Milkboy. It stores 110 litres of whole milk right next to the feeder. Its large wheels take the trouble out of bringing it from the milk room to the feeder. The integrated mixing agitator is directly controlled by the H&L 100. The efficient water cooler does not require electricity or any other equipment.

Clean & Reliable

An automatic feeder should make your work easier and do its job 24 hours a day. It has to operate reliable even under the harsh environment in a calf stable – and the H&L 100 does just that.

Tube Cleaning Right Through to the Teat

Tube Cleaning Right Through to the Teat

In the past, tube systems used to have deposits of contaminated milk because they had not been cleaned often enough or thoroughly enough. A first of its kind, the new HygieneStation can now automatically flush out and clean the entire milk pipeline right through to the teat after each milk feed. This reduces the calf’s exposure to germs and bacteria, improves the health of the calves and decreases the amount of manual cleaning.

Fly Shield Included as Standard Equipment

Fly Shield Included as Standard Equipment

Two large doors close off the sensitive mixing area. As a result, flies cannot get into the milk and problems with the milk system are avoided. The doors can be locked, so there is no risk of hazard or injury to children.

Ready to Work in Any Weather

Ready to Work in Any Weather

Calves love to be outdoors, your H&L 100 does, too! It is equipped with an anti-freeze programme that runs automatically as soon as there is a risk of frost. You can safely wash the outer surfaces of the automatic feeder with water, because all sensitive components are sealed and splash-proof.

Easy Maintenance

Easy Maintenance

It is easy to check the functioning of the feeder on a regular basis: The H&L 100's maintenance menu lets you easily and quickly test all of its key components.
If the general conditions have changed, it is important to calibrate the parameters. That is easy to do as well. The software guides you through the calibration procedure and tells you exactly what to do at each step. We recommend having your H&L 100 serviced by a specialized service technician once a year. This will ensure that your automatic feeder will continue to optimally feed your calves in the future as well.

High quality components

High quality components

All milk-carrying components are made of high quality stainless steel or food-grade materials. The milk powder system, including its powerful auger, is designed to sustain high loads and strains. Therefore, it can correctly dose nearly all milk powders. The whole milk system is extremely effective due to a 7.5-metre-long heat exchanger coil. The design of the electronics has been kept simple and reliable, so that they can withstand the harsh conditions of a farming operation.

Smarter Work – More Efficiency and Performance

Two advantages in one: The H&L 100 not only eliminates tedious and strenuous work, it also improves the feed quality.

No More Bucket Carrying

No More Bucket Carrying

Your back will thank you – no more strenuous bucket carrying! All you do is put milk replacer into the large powder hopper or whole milk into the milk tank. The low filling height (112 cm) makes it easy to refill the milk powder. You can conveniently pour 2 bags of milk powder into the hopper, which holds 50 kg, and that means less frequent supply checks.

More Returns Through Better Performance

More Returns Through Better Performance

Optimised and nutritional early feeding promotes high performance in the future. Calves fed with a lot of energy start lactating earlier and produce more milk later on! The H&L 100 also provides the best conditions to ensure the optimal health of the calves. That means fewer losses, a lower death rate and more animals in the offspring of your own herd, which in turn gives you the opportunity to selectively select your offspring and sell surplus heifers at a profit. And last but not least: the reduced workload frees up capacities on your farm that you can utilise to a profitable advantage.

Gain Time and Flexibility

Gain Time and Flexibility

Look after your calves on YOUR OWN time rather than letting the calves dictate how you organise your day. There are usually other tasks and responsibilities to attend to, particularly in the morning and evening: milking and feeding the cows, preparing breakfast for the family, getting the children to school, etc. The H&L 100 feeds your calves; all you have to do is check on the equipments and the calves. And with the new HygieneStation, the time needed to teach the calves how to use it is reduced to a minimum. For more information on the learning process, please see the "HygieneStation" section.

Automated Work Routines

Automated Work Routines

With the H&L 100, every employee knows what they have to do, and when. At set times that you specify, they perform tasks such as refilling feed, changing teats, etc. And the optional CalfGuide software makes it even more convenient: It features a helpful “to-do management” function and tells you or your employees in the morning what jobs need to be done during the day.

An Automatic Feeder that Grows with Your Farm

An Automatic Feeder that Grows with Your Farm

The H&L 100 lets you feed up to 100 calves at 4 feeding stalls, even up to 150 calves under certain conditions! If you are feeding fewer calves now, our modular system allows you to expand the feeder anytime, with all available options. That means you save money now and still have all options open to you later.

An Automatic Feeder that Grows with Your Farm

CalfGuide – All Calf Data at a Glance

Options and Features

Basic

  • 1 PowerMixer
  • Milk is always freshly prepared for each individual calf, no temporary storage system
  • Pump in the stall serves as an automatic teaching tool for calves and delivers the milk to the teat
  • Post-rinsing of mixing container and line to the teat after each time the milk is prepared
  • Anti-pirate valve to prevent milk pilferage
  • Detergent pump for washing all milk-carrying components
  • Wash and cleaning temperature up to 65 °C
  • Easy-to-clean stainless steel and plastic surfaces
  • Large powder hopper, holds 50 kg of milk replacer
  • Powerful powder-conveying auger, suitable for a variety of milk replacers
  • Low hopper filling height (112 cm)
  • Integrated feeding computer
  • 5 preset feeding programmes (including metabolic feeding programme)
  • Feeding programme can be tailored to each calf
  • Automatic registration of new calves
  • Individual flextime feeding programme eliminates stressful scheduled feeding times
  • Memory capacity for storing data of up to 150 calves
  • Anti-freeze programme that automatically switches itself on
  • Humidity-proof powder reservoir
  • Fly shield included as standard equipment

Options

Hygiene Station

  • Up to 4 feeding stalls per automatic feeder possible, for up to 100 calves
  • Acceptable distance between feeder and stall up to 7 m possible
  • Calf identification through collar tag or ISO-compliant ear tags (half duplex and full duplex tags)
  • Tilts for easy mucking out
  • Automatic and manual calf teaching
  • LED teat lighting
  • Mucus bowl
  • Teat Cleaning

    • Teat is flushed with water after each visit
  • Animal Weigh Scale

    • Animal weigh scale in the feeder stall for optimum calf management and individualised weaning

Concentrate Feed Station

  • Concentrate dispenser with weighing of leftover quantities and individualised weaning function

Second PowerMixer

  • Simultaneous feeding of two calves

CalfGuide

  • Management software with its own separate server and WLAN router in the stable

Additive Doser

  • Powder doser with diarrhoea prevention diet programme
  • Second medicine doser, optional: either powder or liquid doser

Whole Milk Diet Options

  • Whole milk diet system with variable dosing of whole milk proportions of 20 - 100%, effective heat exchanger coil and automatic wash cycle included as standard equipment
  • Milkboy

    • Storage tank (110 l) set on wheels
    • Interval-based agitator control on the H&L 100
    • Thermostat-regulated water cooling (no electricity needed)

 

 

 

 

Technical Specifications

Power Supply and
Heating Capacity 400 V 16 A (6 kW) or
230 V 16 A (3 kW)
Capacity with 4 Feeder Stalls Up to  100 calves
(up to 150 calves under certain conditions)
Identification System Multireader HDX
and FDX
Milk Replacer Powder Hopper 90 l / 50 kg
Hopper Filling Height (Rim) 1.12 m
Boiler Capacity 12 l
Dimensions of H&L 100 0.6 x 0.7 x 1.21 m
Space Required for H&L 100 1 x 1 m

* Technical specifications subject to change!

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