Results from a new survey of over 50 automatic calf milk feeding
machine users confirm dual benefits of time saving and better
calf performance, says Milkivit Denkamilk milk replacer producer
Automatic calf feeding machines
save farmers between one and
two hours a day.
Automatic calf feeding machines save farmers between one and
two hours a day, the survey reveals, and over 90% of users say
calves grow better and are healthier than those reared on manual
The feedback was provided by users of H&L automatic milk
feeding machine users, with a wide spectrum of different scales
of operation included in the survey.
“These survey findings highlight just how pleased calf
rearers seem to be with their investment in automatic calf feeding,” says
Jessica Miller, product manager from H&L UK distributor Trouw
“The survey results reveal that calf rearers buy an H&L
machine primarily to improve calf performance and save time.
A desire to exert more control over calf feeding and shortage
of labour are also important reasons and it’s encouraging
that these important customer aspirations are being met once
a machine investment has been made,” she points out.
“The research also tells us that farmers prize the reliability,
security and automatic cleaning ability of their H&L machine,
choosing the brand over competitor products as a result of performance
and feedback from other users,” she says.
Other interesting findings are that the average number of calves
reared per year is 150, with most machine feeders fully introducing
calves to the system at around seven days of age. What’s
more, all the survey respondents say calves adapt quickly to
the machine and remain on it to an average weaning age of 55-60
days. Users also liked the fact that calves were prevented from
stealing milk from others.
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