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Our robotic feeders are helping New Zealand farmers to grow better herd-replacements and get their lives back
Who wants to be tied to the calf shed every day?
The CalfExpert will feed your calves, giving you back control of your own time, significantly reducing manual labour and taking the stress out of calf rearing.
“It’s a different experience seeing your calves remain calm when you enter the shed because they no longer see you as the feed provider.”
The CalfExpert relieves you of the tiresome, hard jobs while increasing the quality of the feed and the health of your calves. Information and control is at your fingertips, whether at the unit itself or your mobile phone or tablet. The CalfExpert monitors the levels of CMR's, whole milk, additives and cleaning chemicals. With a generated text hours in advance of the need, it reminds you to refill when levels are low.
The CalfExpert is so easy to operate and sets new benchmarks in automated feeding with many functions to make your work easier.
Adapting every feed to individual calf needs, feeding multiple calves is an enormous challenge in manual feeding scenarios. But the CalfExpert does it all effortlessly, providing the opportunity to feed whole milk, growth powders, milk replacers or combinations of all of the above. Medicines and electrolytes can be added to the feed programs of any sick calves.
The Flexitime program guarantees that feeding is spread throughout the day, reducing waiting times for robots that service high numbers of stock. Younger and weaker calves have all the time they need to drink their full rations without having to compete while stronger calves can’t steal rations, ensuring all calves have a positive nurturing experience. You should notice a more even line. When it’s time to wean, the milk reduction process provides a gentle and natural transition from a milk diet to forage feed.
The hygenic feed preparation and individual mixing, guarantees the optimum feeding of your calves, producing healthy, strong and even lines of stock every time they drink.
Hygene is a critical factor in calf rearing. The HygieneStation, like its name suggests, ensures cleanliness of the feeding area ensuring each calf always has a clean teat.
The CalfExpert freshly mixes feed for every calf and the faster mixing technology ensures that the milk is available at the HygieneStation in only three seconds from completion. If there is any residual milk in the bowl, it is kept warm, but after any sustained pause the HygieneStation rinses the entire milk-line from the base unit through to the teat. In addition, the complete milk system self-cleans several times a day.
The CalfExpert accommodates two separate cleaning agents and fly screen comes as standard.
The CalfExpert provides proven pre-set feeding programs for different scenarios. Flexible feeding means that a wide range of milk additives or powders can be prepared lump-free. To avoid splashes, the CalfExpert’s PowerMixers begin mixing slowly, before transitioning to a more intense stirring pattern.
To prevent powders separating, the PowerMixer will slowly continue to stir the ration no matter how long the calf takes to feed. When the weather is colder, the heater in the PowerMixer always ensures the mix is kept at a constant temperature and an anti-freeze program activates automatically when there is risk of frost, so it’s ready to work whatever the weather.
From the southern-most parts of Southland to the far North, smart operators are trading their sore backs, missed breakfasts and heavy lifting, for happier families and healthier calves.