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CalfRail – Deployed by the Wolferstetter family

 
"CalfRail has optimized our calf raising and feeding. The 40FIT feeding plan has accelerated growth and makes the animals look better. But the biggest advantage to using CalfRail is calf health. Whenever a calf does occasionally fall ill, it typically will recover faster. We feed our calves five times a day with CalfRail."
 
 
Farm profile
 
Farm manager:
Matthias Wolferstetter
Location, state:
Waltenham (municipality of Tyrlaching), Bavaria
Farming type:
Dairy cattle, female breeding and feed growing
Animal breed:
Fleckvieh
Number of dairy cows:
80
Number of calves per year:
110
Calf feeding equipment:
One automatic feeder for one calf group, one CalfRail
CalfRail in use since:
July 2013
 

CalfRail – Deployed by the Franz family

"The chief benefits of CalfRail are reduced workload, time savings, and punctual calf feeding four times a day. So we now two hours less work with the calves per day on 45 - 50 calves. Using CalfRail it only takes one person to attend to the calves instead of two. We have been feeding our group-penned calves using a Förster-Technik automatic feeder since 2008, so it was easy to get going with the new system. After the single-pen phase you just re-assign the calves to the group on the automatic feeder."
 
Farm profile
 
Farm manager:
Michael Franz
Location, state:
Hof county, Bavaria
Farming type:
Dairy cattle, young cattle husbandry
Animal breed:
Fleckvieh and Holstein
Number of dairy cows:
220
Number of calves per year:
280
Calf feeding equipment:
One automatic feeder for
one calf group
One automatic feeder for two CalfRail units
CalfRail in use since:
December 2013
 

CalfRail – Deployed by the Gögler family

"It was no problem integrating CalfRail into the existing, older barn facility where our calves are raised. Training the calves on CalfRail is easy. Our calves are fed three times a day on CalfRail. After 4-6 weeks the calves are moved to the group pen. CalfRail means calf feeding is much less work than with buckets. All that hard physical labor is eliminated."
 
Farm profile
 
Farm manager:
Thomas Gögler
Location, state:
Legau, Bavaria
Farming type:
Dairy farming
Animal breed:
Braunvieh, Fleckvieh and Holstein
Number of dairy cows:
60
Number of calves per year:
65
Calf feeding equipment:
One automatic feeder for
one calf group, one CalfRail
CalfRail in use since:
Early 2014
 




CalfRail – Deployed by the Agrar-Genossenschaft EG Zodel

"After 25 years it was time to replace the calf feeder line. Previously the Igloo calves had been bucket-fed with whole milk three times a day. Changing the feeding regime over to powder and introducing the new device eliminated a lot of manual work. The best thing though is that the calves now get milk of even temperature in the winter. The 40FIT program enables us to raise calves applying the latest scientific insights. Changing the supplemental feed ration increased daily gain significantly in the raising period up to 100 days."
 
Farm profile
 
Assistant Facility Manager:
Yvonne Günther
Location, state:
Neißeaue, Saxony
Farming type:
Animal production
(dairy cattle + breeding)
Plant production
Animal breed:
Holstein
Number of dairy cows:
360
Number of calves per year:
approx. 350
Calf feeding equipment:
One automatic feeder for one CalfRail unit
One automatic feeder incl.
4x pump unit for four calf groups 
CalfRail in use since:
July 2013