New Hygiene Standard for Automatic Feeders

Up to this point, we have learned that the H&L 100 always mixes and prepares a fresh milk diet, at the right temperature, for each individual calf. And of course the H&L 100 automatically cleans all tubes and hoses.

However: To date, the area where the calf drinks the milk has been gravely neglected when conventional automatic feeders are used. That is why many veterinarians are concerned that the teats on automatic feeders harbour the risk of transmitting diseases.

This is where the HygieneStation from Holm & Laue sets THE new standard, not only in terms of hygiene, but also when it comes to making work easier.

Optimal Calf Health

Do you know where the highest level of bacteria and germs are in the calf pen? Right! The place where all the calves access and drink the milk several times a day. Now, the HygieneStation ensures that the area is kept clean.

Always a Clean Teat

Always a Clean Teat

In the new HygieneStation, the outside of the teat is pressure cleaned with fresh water after every visit. The germ and bacterial load on the teat is thus reduced by up to 80%!

Cleaned Mucus Bowl

Cleaned Mucus Bowl

Every calf produces mucus when they drink. With the HygieneStation, this is collected in a mucus bowl together with the teat cleaning water and washed away after each feeding process. As a result, the entire feeding area stays hygienically clean and dry.

Natural Drinking Position

Natural Drinking Position

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, it encourages the natural reflex of the oesophageal groove and reduces the risk of milk passing into the rumen.

LED Teat Lighting

LED Teat Lighting

Practice has shown that calves can orientate better when the teat is illuminated. This increases the intake of milk during the night and the feeding process is evenly distributed over 24 hours.

Labour-saving

For many farmers, a lower workload is an argument in favour of the automatic feeder. The new HygieneStation now makes the rest of the work considerably easier as well.

Calves Teach Themselves

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 teaching is only necessary in exceptional cases. Nevertheless, if manual learning is required, milk can be fed into the teat by pressing a button.

Tiltable for Easy Cleaning

Tiltable for Easy Cleaning


Many feeding stations are located right in the calf pens. For cleaning, the new HygieneStation can be tipped forward at a 90° angle, so that the whole area can be easily and conveniently mucked out with a tractor.

Quick-release Teat Fastener

Quick-release Teat Fastener


The teat can easily be changed in seconds by using the quick-release handle.

Convenient Operation

Convenient Operation


All components can be reached at a comfortable working height. This facilitates monitoring, inspection and maintenance tasks. Parts that are relevant for maintenance are highlighted in yellow. The design of the station also allows it to be placed in a natural-climate outdoor pen, because all of the parts are frost-proof.

Control according to weight

All dairy farmers wants their calves to gain plenty of weight. Yet weighing calves is  strenuous and requires a lot of discipline. An animal weighing scale at the HygieneStation  collects important information almost in passing.

Individual weaning

Individual weaning

The CalfExpert records the daily growth of calves using the forefoot weigh scale. Calves that grow quickly start feeding concentrate and hay at an early age and can thus be  weaned off milk early on the basis of their individual weight development. This supports the development into a ruminant and saves money!

Better control

Better control

The animal weighing scale not only detects growing calves, it registers a decline in growth. This information is used to keep separate alarm lists and helps identify sick calves at an early stage. Thus they can often be treated before the illness reaches a serious stage.

Weight information makes selection possible

Weight information makes selection possible

At the end of rearing, you obtain valuable information about the development of each individual calf. This will help you make important decisions about which female calves should supplement your herd of dairy cows and which animals should be sold due to poor growth.

Keeping track of everything

When you are in the pen, during animal training for example, you often wish you could take a quick look at the feeder display. This wish has now been granted thanks to the new
display on the HygieneStation.

HygieneStation Display

HygieneStation Display

Mounted directly on the HygieneStation or even on the wall, the HS display indicates relevant information about the calf in the calf group. The calf number is displayed in very large digits. In addition, you can read off the remaining quantity and the alarm status. At the push of a button you can also have the calves with credit or alarm displayed  sequentially. This means it is no longer necessary to move constantly between the calf pen and the CalfExpert display. It is also possible to stir an extra mix for a calf directly at the HS display, and feed this or pump it into a bucket.

Credit and alarm status

Credit and alarm status

You can read off the remaining quantity conveniently and estimate how much longer the current visit is going to take. The alarm status is also easy to recognise on the basis of a scale.

Would you like some more?

Would you like some more?

It is also possible to stir an extra mix directly at the stall via the HygieneStation display, and feed this or pump it into a bucket.

Further HygieneStation options

Several equipment variants of the HygieneStation have already been presented. You will fi nd a few more helpful options below.

Lockable HygieneStation

Lockable HygieneStation

There are calves that tend to suck one another. Although the entire functional principle of the CalfExpert and HygieneStation is designed to prevent this, it can sometimes be helpful to lock the animals in while they are feeding at the station so that they can feed in peace. The lockable door works pneumatically and needs a compressed air connection at the HygieneStation.

Heavy-duty variant

Heavy-duty variant

If the tilting function is not necessary and large calves are to be fed at the HygieneStation (e.g. on veal meat farms), the stall may have to be reinforced. In this case, the stall is fi xed to the fl oor, thus increasing stability.

Concentrate feeder stall

Concentrate feeder stall

Alongside the HygieneStation, concentrate feeder stalls can feed concentrate or cereals to the calves. How much feed each calf has eaten is precisely recorded, since residual quantities are taken into account. A particularly interesting aspect is that individual weaning off milk according to the current consumption of concentrate is possible too. So calves whose digestive system has already adapted to the consumption of dry feed can be weaned off milk at an earlier stage, leading to signifi cantly reduced feed costs.

Milk pump valve

Milk pump valve

The possibility of triggering extra mixes at the CalfExpert is a great advantage if the milk can be run off conveniently straight into a bucket. At the milk tap valve you can decide whether a calf is to be fed in the stall or the milk is to be pumped straight into a feeding bucket.

Technical Specifications

Power supply voltage [VDC] 24 V
Water inlet ½"
Optional teat and grate rinsing: permissible water pressure 1.4 - 8.2 bar
Weight of fully equipped HygieneStation approx. 50 kg
Continuous noise pressure level < 70 dB
Dimensions of HygieneStation 0.47 x 1.31 x 1.61 m
Required space for HygieneStation 0.50 x 2.3 m

* Technical specifications subject to change!

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