Steve Klaphake of Freeport, Minnesota farms with his two sons on their 120-cow “totally robotic” operation. A Lely Calm automatic calf feeder was a natural fit after they installed two robotic milking units and a Juno automatic feed pusher.
“We have the milking robots and the calves and the feeder all in the same barn. So it’s really easy for me to go from one thing to another and I’m able to do a lot of the work myself,” says Klaphake. “I also think the calves are better cared for. They’re getting fed better and I definitely look at them more than when we had calves in hutches. The gains are unreal, and when the calves leave the barn and are weaned, they’re in great shape.”
The benefits of the Lely Calm
Feeding with the Lely Calm automatic calf feeder has several benefits;
- Time saving.
- Quicker growth rate
- Better rumen development.
- Labor flexibility.
- Individual calf management.
- Stable and exact milk temperature.
- Flexible feeding schedules.
- Weaning without stress.
- Suitable for all farm sizes.
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