Wouldn’t it be nice if you could access all data from all of your automatic feeders and all calves on your PC at any time? And if your employees can also see the alarm lists and work through task lists on their own smartphones or tablet PCs, then the tasks and workflows in the calf stable are clearly defined. All of this is possible with CalfGuide, the information system for your H&L automatic feeders.
The CalfGuide collects the data from all of your automatic feeders and makes it accessible via a separate WLAN network in the calf stall.
Alternatively, you can also access and use the data in your farm network on all linked devices.
The CalfGuide displays a complete overview of all automatic feeders and calves on your farm.
Taking clear lists as the starting point, you navigate directly to the feeding and growth curve of individual calves. A calender function enables you to track past incidents and plan future tasks. This makes it easy to have a good overview or analyse individual animals in great detail.
CalfGuide calculates an alarm index on the basis of a wide range of data such as feeding consumption, drinking speed, visiting frequency, weight development etc. This allows you and your employees to see immediately which of the calves need your attention fi rst. In addition, abnormalities such as illness can be recorded in an "event diary" and are thus clearly documented.
CalfGuide doesn't forget anything. After your calves have been weaned, all data such as feeding quantities, weight development, treatments etc. are saved permanently in an archive. In other words, CalfGuide allows you to see – even years later – how you fed
your best cows when they were just calves. This helps you to optimise your feeding programs in the long term.
Every employee knows what he or she has to do, and when. And you always have an overview of all of the work tasks as well as the development of your calves. Urgent tasks are displayed immediately.
Important calf data can be adapted and confi gured directly in the CalfGuide program. These include e.g. age, group assignment, feeding curves, individual changes in feeding plans and much more besides. Once done, the confi gurations are automatically applied by the CalfExpert or MilkTaxi.
CalfGuide organises 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 defi ne all recurring tasks once in the form of events or ToDos, and CalfGuide will remind you and your employees every day of what needs to be done.
CalfGuide shows you all the technical fault messages concerning your calf feeder, even the ones CalfExpert has resolved itself. Empty messages for cleaning agents or an early warning system for a low whole milk or CMR level at the CalfExpert are sent via the CalfGuide system.
Pasteurisation is a particularly delicate process, because the quality of the milk can suffer from temperature problems in the process. With the CalfGuide you are on the safe side, since it always records the exact temperature profile for you and indicates whether any discrepancies have occurred.
Anyone can be excused for losing track in this "big data" era. And your calves do indeed generate a huge amount of data in the CalfGuide network. CalfGuide processes this fl ood
of data so that you can concentrate on the most important information.
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 your office. The optional connection of the CalfGuide system
to the internet even permits external access via the CalfGuide Cloud.
CalfGuide is the central interface in the calf barn. Once a calf is registered in the system through an electronic ear tag e.g. after birth at the WeightControl animal weighing scales, the data are imported on to every device the calf is logged at. Even if the calf moves from one CalfExpert calf feeder to the next, feeding will continue at the next CalfExpert at exactly the right point on the feeding curve and all data already recorded are imported.
A limited selection of information can be accessed directly on your mobile phone using the CalfGuide app. This includes the box list with details for the MilkTaxi or details about the calf lists on the CalfExpert. In addition, messages can be received and tasks requested from the calf feeder events or ToDos. With the CalfExpert, this even works without Calf-
With the CalfGuide Cloud you can access your Calf-Guide server via the internet. This allows you to watch your data and information from anywhere in the world or permit service technicians to take a look at the technology if any problems should occur.
The importance of calf rearing for the performance of the animals in later life is well known and ndescribed in detail in this manual. So it makes good sense to export the most important information about your calves to your herd management program for cows after rearing them. CalfGuide offers a wide range of export protocols for this.