Hygienic calf feeding with the help of teat cleaning and saliva tray rinsing. Animal weighing scales, management system, display and much more included.

Healthy calves through the highest standards of hygiene. Teat cleaning and tray rinsing guarantee low bacterial concentration.

Save time with useful features. The learning function and the quick-release teat fastener make your work easier.

The animal weighing scales save feed costs through weight-controlled feeding, making it easier to monitor your calves.

New hygiene standard for automatic calf feeders

Many vets fear disease transmission at the teat when using calf feeders. This is where the Holm & Laue HygieneStation sets THE new standard: cleanliness in the feeding station is always ensured through teat cleaning and saliva bowl rinsing. Extensive features and accessories also ensure excellent calf development and make the work easier for those involved in calf management: animal weighing scales that collect important information almost as a sideline, a display that shows the calf number from a distance, an ammonia sensor and the milk tap valve to name just a few.

Ideal calf health

The greatest bacterial concentration in the calf pen occurs where all calves collect their milk several times a day. The HygieneStation ensures improved cleanliness here.

A clean teat at all times

With the new HygieneStation, the teat is cleaned from the outside with pressure and fresh water after every visit. Bacterial contamination on the teat accordingly drops by 80 %.

Our new PinkTeat creates the best conditions for healthy digestion with its small 3 mm opening (instead of 4 mm previously). Calves feed more slowly and produce more saliva with a drinking rate of only 600 ml per minute. This promotes digestion and minimises reciprocal suckling, as the sucking reflex is satisfied here at the teat.

Natural drinking approach

The teat at the feeding station is positioned so that it slants downwards in a similar way to the teats on the suckler cow. This encourages the natural drinking position of the calf. When the head is stretched, this encourages the natural reflex of the oesophageal groove and reduces the risk of milk passing into the rumen.

LED teat lighting

Practice has shown that the calves can orientate better when the teat is illuminated. Milk consumption increases at night and the feeding processes are distributed more evenly over a 24-hour period.

Automatically removing saliva and milk residues

Every calf produces saliva when drinking. We improved our HygieneStation in 2023 by replacing the former saliva bowl with an angled metal sheet. This QuickDrain system uses a flat jet nozzle to clean the dripped saliva from the metal sheet after each feed, while milk residues and water used for rinsing are channelled directly into the drain via the saliva channel. This further improves the hygiene of calf feeders while reducing the amount of cleaning required.

Reduced workload

For many dairy farmers, a reduced workload is one big argument in favour of calf feeders. The HygieneStation also makes work easier in a number of ways.

Calves teach themselves

As soon as a calf lifts the teat, a small amount of milk flows into its mouth. This stimulates the calf's initial drinking impulse; manual learning is necessary in only exceptional cases. Should manual learning still be necessary, milk can be pumped into the teat by pressing a key.

Can be tilted to clean

Many feeding stations are installed directly in the pens. The HygieneStation can be tipped forward at an angle of 90° to facilitate mucking out, and the whole area can easily be cleaned.

Quick-release teat fastener: the teat can be easily changed in seconds with a simple movement.

Control according to weight

All dairy farmers wants their calves to gain plenty of weight. Yet weighing calves is strenuous and requires a lot of discipline. Animal weighing scales at the HygieneStation collect important information quite incidentally.

Individual weaning

The CalfExpert records the daily growth of calves using the forefoot weighing scales. Calves that grow quickly can start feeding concentrate and hay at an early age and can thus be weaned off milk early on the basis of their individual weight development. This supports the development into a ruminant and saves money.

Better control

The animal weighing scales not only detect growing calves, they also register a decline in growth. This information is used to keep separate alert lists and helps identify sick calves at an early stage. Thus they can often be treated before the illness reaches a serious stage.

This picture shows a smartphone with the CalfGuide app. The app displays calf data.

Weight information makes selection possible

At the end of rearing, you obtain valuable information about the development of each individual calf. This will help you make important decisions about which female calves should supplement your herd of dairy cows and which animals should be sold due to poor growth.

Useful features

Whether it's a clearly visible display, milk dispensing valve or ammonia sensor: The HygieneStation offers a number of technical features that make everyday work easier and contribute to healthy calf rearing.

HygieneStation display

Whether mounted directly on the HygieneStation or on the wall, the display shows relevant information about the calf in the calf group. The calf number is displayed in very large digits, making it very easy to read, even from a distance. In addition, the display can be used to prepare and feed an extra mixture directly or to transfer it to a bucket.

Credit and alert status

At the push of a button you can also have the calf numbers of the credit or alert list displayed sequentially. This means it is no longer necessary to move constantly between the calf pen and the CalfExpert display. You can read off the remaining quantity conveniently and estimate how much longer the current visit is going to take. The alert status is also easy to recognise on the basis of a scale.

Milk pump valve

The possibility of triggering extra mixes at the CalfExpert is a great advantage if the milk can be run off conveniently straight into a bucket. At the milk pump valve you can decide whether a calf is to be fed in the station or the milk is to be pumped straight into a feeding bucket.

Equipment and options

Comparison between HygieneStation Standard and HeavyDuty

This picture shows the HygieneStation with display and animal weighing scales. The saliva tray and the RFID antenna can be seen through the transparent side wall.
This picture shows the HeavyDuty variant of the HygieneStation, which can be used for the more powerful fattening calves.
HygieneStation StandardHygieneStation HeavyDuty
Typical field of applicationRearing dairy calvesRearing calves for fattening
Dimensions (LxWxH)1.31 x 0.47 x 1.00–1.15 m1.54 x 0.60 x 1.10–1.25 m
Interior width27–36 cm37–50 cm
Number of stations per CalfExpertFourFour
Animal recognition via H&L collars or ISO ear tagsHalf and full duplexHalf and full duplex
Anti-pirate milk valve to prevent milk theftyesyes
Quick-release teat fasteneryesyes
Milk transport to the teatyesyes
Learning aid (milk to mouth)Automatic and manualManual only
Standing distanceUp to 7 mUp to 7 m
Height adjustableyesyes
LED teat lightingyesno
Temperature sensor for frost protectionyesyes
Teat rinsingOptional extrasStandard
QuadroFlex (4 calves can feed)Optional extrasOptional extras
HygieneStation displayOptional extrasOptional extras
Saliva trayyesno
Can be folded away when mucking outyesno
Tilt safety deviceOptional extrasno
Animal weighing scalesOptional extrasno
Lockable stationOptional extrasno
Milk pump valveOptional extrasno
Weight fully equippedapprox. 50 kgapprox. 90 kg
Power supply (VDC)24 V24 V
Water inlet (for teat rinsing)1/2 inch1/2 inch
Permissible water pressure (for teat rinsing)1.4 – 8.2 bar1.4 – 8.2 bar
Continuous sound pressure level< 70 dB< 70 dB
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