WATCH: An automatic calf feeder


JFC’s Evolution Calf Rearing – which can be programmed by one person - is capable of automatically feeding milk replacer to 140 calves.

A tag – made by Cormac Tagging – is inserted in the calf’s ear to ensure that they get the correct amount of milk every time and if they don’t, the operated will be notified.

The product was launched at the National Ploughing Championships last year after almost three years of research and development plus countless trials on many farms with support from Enterprise Ireland.

Each Evolution goes through a rigorous quality assurance test on a computerised calf-feeding simulator before leaving the factory.

The Evolution Calf Feeder provides 24/7 feeding for the farmer: “The Control Unit has a computer interface which reads the calf’s tag and mixes the milk powder at the correct temperature.”

“It is connected to 4 Feed Stations where the calves drink the amount allocated to each of them and then move away to allow the others to do likewise,” Damian Concannon said.

A different feed curve

Damian Concannon said: “If the farmer notices that one of his/her calves is not thriving as well as the others, he/she can programme the Feeder to target an increase in the amount of milk for that animal.

It is as simple as putting that calf on a different Feed Curve which will allow the animal to get more milk so that it can catch up with the rest of the calves.

The Evolution can feed four calves at the same time in the different feed stations and with varying amounts of milk for each one if required, according to JFC. Dual-hoppers allow for two different types of calf milk replacer to be used.

“Versatility is important to ensure calves of varying age, breed and health are all catered for and that farmers specific rearing objectives are met,” says Damian.

A money-saving and time-saving device

The Evolution is a self-cleaning Feeder which carries out a cleaning cycle twice daily. It is a money-saving and time-saving device that feeds at a consistent volume and temperature, thus producing better-quality and more evenly finished cattle for the ever-changing and technologically advancing Agri sector.

“Plastic is our forte at JFC and our R&D team have come up with a hygienic automated Calf Feeder which is a massive leap for us from when we developed the JFC Multi-Bucket which caused a lotta’ laughs on TV a long time ago,” John Concannon – Chairman and Managing Director of JFC concluded.

Image source: JFC

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