Further insight into calf development with new automated calf feeders

Lely introduces a new automated calf feeder: the Calm Control. The Lely Calm supplies calves with precisely what they need, when they need it. Milk is always provided at the correct volume and temperature to ensure maximum benefit to the calf to help her grow and develop into a profitable dairy cow. The various Lely Calm Control versions can be connected with a new online management system via the Internet.

June 30, 2016

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This management system makes it easier to monitor calf performance and identify health disorders at an early stage. Various apps can display data such as:

  • Drinking behaviour yesterday and today
  • Milk consumption per day
  • Drinking rate per day
  • Total milk (powder) consumption

In combination with a scale, it is also possible to show current weight and weight gain per calf.

All data can be presented in a clear manner on a PC, laptop, tablet or smart phone. Intuitive operation makes this system quite suitable for daily monitoring of calves.

The management system can also give a warning when the drinking rate is too low, the drinking process is frequently interrupted or the milk consumption is insufficient. These can all be indicators of impaired calf health.

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The automated feeder has been improved in a number of ways. The processor is faster with higher storage capacity. The automated feeder rapidly recognizes which calf wants to drink. Alongside the temperature sensor there is a button for young calves to learn to drink from the automated feeder, which is directly integrated into the identification process. This is now more accessible, making training even easier. Furthermore, an integrated LED light indicates the status of the drinking process.

Farm managers who already have a Lely Calm machine and wish to enjoy all the benefits of the new Control version can use an update kit for this purpose. More information about this automated calf feeder, its specifications and the update kit is available via Lely Center locations.

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