Dairy Day Robotic Calf Feeder Presentation

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Henk Pastink, Henria Holsteins Inc., Jan Prehn, Prehnbrook Farms LTD., Neil Anderson, Veterinarian, Disease Prevention, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food; and Ministry of Rural Affairs

This producer panel will allow the audience to learn a great deal about the robotic calf feeding systems on these two farm operations. We will dig into all of the details to ensure that we know what the key opportunities and challenges are.

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Dairy Day Robotic Calf Feeder Presentation

  1. 1. Dairy Day GBFW 14 Robotic Calf Feeding Panel Participants: • Henk Pastink, Henria Holsteins Inc. • Jan Prehn, Prehnbrook Farms LTD. • Neil Anderson, OMAF & MRA
  2. 2. Henk Pastink, Henria Holsteins Inc. Dairy Day GBFW 14 Robotic Calf Feeding Panel
  3. 3. Dairy Day GBFW 14 Robotic Calf Feeding Panel Henk Pastink, Henria Holsteins Inc. • Milking 600 holsteins in a 50 stall rotary parlour • 3000 acres - mainly corn silage, alfalfa, cobmeal, hay and some mixed grain
  4. 4. Henk Pastink, Henria Holsteins Inc. Dairy Day GBFW 14 Robotic Calf Feeding Panel
  5. 5. Henk Pastink, Henria Holsteins Inc. Dairy Day GBFW 14 Robotic Calf Feeding Panel • 180 calves being fed on robotic calf feeding system plus 120 older calves trough feeding • Using robotic feeding system for 3 years, 6 forester CF1000s
  6. 6. Henk Pastink, Henria Holsteins Inc. Dairy Day GBFW 14 Robotic Calf Feeding Panel
  7. 7. Henk Pastink, Henria Holsteins Inc. Dairy Day GBFW 14 Robotic Calf Feeding Panel
  8. 8. Henk Pastink, Henria Holsteins Inc. Dairy Day GBFW 14 Robotic Calf Feeding Panel
  9. 9. Henk Pastink, Henria Holsteins Inc. Dairy Day GBFW 14 Robotic Calf Feeding Panel • Feeding whole milk in single pens 6L per day • Calves stay in single pens for two or three days... When drinking well, they move to the robotic feeders
  10. 10. Henk Pastink, Henria Holsteins Inc. Dairy Day GBFW 14 Robotic Calf Feeding Panel • First calves enter the training pen with five calves per pen. They are housed in this pen for four or five days before moving on to the larger group pens of twenty calves per pen
  11. 11. Henk Pastink, Henria Holsteins Inc. Dairy Day GBFW 14 Robotic Calf Feeding Panel
  12. 12. Henk Pastink, Henria Holsteins Inc. Dairy Day GBFW 14 Robotic Calf Feeding Panel
  13. 13. Henk Pastink, Henria Holsteins Inc. Dairy Day GBFW 14 Robotic Calf Feeding Panel
  14. 14. Henk Pastink, Henria Holsteins Inc. Dairy Day GBFW 14 Robotic Calf Feeding Panel
  15. 15. Henk Pastink, Henria Holsteins Inc. Dairy Day GBFW 14 Robotic Calf Feeding Panel
  16. 16. Henk Pastink, Henria Holsteins Inc. Dairy Day GBFW 14 Robotic Calf Feeding Panel
  17. 17. Henk Pastink, Henria Holsteins Inc. Dairy Day GBFW 14 Robotic Calf Feeding Panel
  18. 18. Henk Pastink, Henria Holsteins Inc. Dairy Day GBFW 14 Robotic Calf Feeding Panel
  19. 19. Henk Pastink, Henria Holsteins Inc. Dairy Day GBFW 14 Robotic Calf Feeding Panel
  20. 20. Henk Pastink, Henria Holsteins Inc. Dairy Day GBFW 14 Robotic Calf Feeding Panel
  21. 21. Henk Pastink, Henria Holsteins Inc. Dairy Day GBFW 14 Robotic Calf Feeding Panel • Calves in the training pen can receive up to eight liters per day and calves in the larger group pens can receive up to twelve liters per day
  22. 22. Henk Pastink, Henria Holsteins Inc. Dairy Day GBFW 14 Robotic Calf Feeding Panel • Calves are not being weaned on the robotic feeders but rather being moved to pens with troughs for milk. This occurs at about 7 or 8 weeks of age. Heifer calves get weaned at three months of age and bull calves at four months of age (at which time the bulls go to market).
  23. 23. Henk Pastink, Henria Holsteins Inc. Dairy Day GBFW 14 Robotic Calf Feeding Panel
  24. 24. Henk Pastink, Henria Holsteins Inc. Dairy Day GBFW 14 Robotic Calf Feeding Pane • Calves stay in the same pen while at the robotic feeders. After being moved to the troughs, they get split up between heifers and bulls. • Heifer calves receive free choice hay after eight weeks and go on silage after three months.
  25. 25. Henk Pastink, Henria Holsteins Inc. Dairy Day GBFW 14 Robotic Calf Feeding Pane • Pelleted starter is provided free choice at 22% protein and aureomycin is added. This is fed until three months of age
  26. 26. Henk Pastink, Henria Holsteins Inc. Dairy Day GBFW 14 Robotic Calf Feeding Panel Changes Implemented: • Started with eight litres per calf per day and are now feeding twelve liters per calf per day. Through this change, they have seen stronger growth
  27. 27. Prehnbrook Farms • Calf Feeding
  28. 28. Calf Feeding Located at Amberley   Partnership with brother Nephew coming into operation  Milking 235, 3X with a total of 270 Cropping 930 acres with some cash crops 
  29. 29. Calf Feeding New barn built in 2011, 40x60, 12 foot ceiling
  30. 30. Calf Feeding Main Reasons for Robotic Feeding Labour saving, more comfortable for staff  More consistent feeding of milk, water and grain 
  31. 31. Calf Feeding Main Reasons for Robotic Feeding Being able to feed more milk, up to 11.2 liters per day  With bottles could only do 6 liters, and pail feeding is usually inconsistent 
  32. 32. Calf Feeding Main Reasons for Robotic Feeding Less stress at weaning, while simultaneously increasing starter intake  Quieter and happier calves  Faster growth with less labour 
  33. 33. Calf Feeding
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  35. 35. Calf Feeding Young Calf Group
  36. 36. Starting Calves Calf Feeding Minimum of 6 liters of colostrum in first 24 hours, drenched only   Moved to hutches in 24 hours
  37. 37. Starting Calves Calf Feeding Then receive milk replacer for 8 days until drinking well from bottle  3L twice daily, access to water from pail 
  38. 38. Calf Feeding Moving to Barn  Once drinking well, calves get moved into younger group  Show them where the nipple is and have them drink  Some take on real well while others can take up to 3 days to teach
  39. 39. Calf Feeding Moving to Barn  Let them be hungry and do not force them in more than 2x daily If led to feeder too often, calves will wait for people to come 
  40. 40. Calf Feeding Almost Weaned Group
  41. 41. Calf Feeding Feeding Program  Replacer is acidified, 26% protein with min of 26% protein from milk source  18% fat  Free choice starter 20% protein  No hay, straw in bedding
  42. 42. Holm& Laue Calf Feeding
  43. 43. Calf Feeding Mixing chamber, with options to add powder and liquid additives
  44. 44. Info Screen Calf Feeding
  45. 45. Calf Feeding Feeding Program Start
  46. 46. Calf Feeding Daily Info Screen
  47. 47. Weaning Menu Calf Feeding
  48. 48. Calf Feeding Challenges -Disadvantages  Had problems getting good intakes with non acidified milk replacers, some scours Ventilation has no room for errors, needs draft free and fresh air at all times 
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