Feeding as required in the first few weeks after birth has a positive effect on the overall life yield, because feeding in the early rearing phase has a greater influence on the yield characteristics than breeding.
Up to the 40. day, the basis is laid to ensure that the genetic potential can be fully exploited. The first 40 days of life are so important because tissues and organs grow as a result of cell division. After that, only the cell volume increases and not the number of cells. The basis for high life milk production is laid in this early phase of life. The character of the metabolic rate, the metabolic programming, also takes place during this period and has a life-long effect.
As a specialist in calf feeding, Förster-Technik offers you 40FIT Technology for this. This includes innovative products and concepts, such as the VARIO smart automatic feeder for group housing or the CalfRail for individual housing, which optimally support the growth of your calves in this decisive phase. This creates the perfect conditions for healthy, long-living cows with a high milk yield and more efficient dairy farming.
The 40FIT feeding plan comprises a phase of controlled ad libitum feeding, followed by a weaning phase. The first phase consists of 35 days and allows calves unlimited feed consumption, distributed throughout the day. However, in order to protect the calf from possible over-drinking, the portion sizes and blocking periods between meals are set. This ensures that growth potential is maximized during the crucial first weeks of life. The second phase consists of 35 days. Weaning from 12 to 2 liters prevents growth reductions and promotes rumen development. The developmental advantages manifest for the animal’s entire life, forming the basis of improved vitality and enhanced milk yield. The weaning phase is controllable based on age, solid feed intake, or weight gain. The 40FIT plan is included as a standard plan in the automatic feeder program and can even be individually adapted to your feeding strategy with your feeding advisor.
The VARIO and COMPACT smart calf feeders are the perfect companions for implementing the 40FIT feeding concept. The 40FIT is available as standard.
The CalfRail enables intensive feeding right from the start, even in the very first days of individual housing. It is particularly important at this time that frequent feeding is carried out to promote cell division and subsequent cell growth. These are the best prerequisites for wellbeing and health, optimal feed utilization, optimal ruminant growth, and sustained output.
With ColostroFIT, Förster-Technik offers a unique colostrum management system that brings a system to the colostrum supply of your calves in the first hours of life. The timely provision of sufficient colostrum in a high quality is by far the most important measure to build up the immune system of your calves. Good colostrum management in the very first hours of life is therefore decisive in determining whether your calf is even given the chance to develop into a healthy high-yield cow.
Calves need significantly more energy for thermoregulation and their immune system at low temperatures. Temperature-controlled feeding ensures that the increased energy requirement is also met in the restrictive phase. The temperature sensor integrated in the antenna can automatically adjust the feed quantity and concentration to higher energy requirements.
Great differences in the early juvenile development of individual animals can be compensated for by concentrate-dependent weaning via the automatic concentrate feeder or, depending on weight, by means of animal scales in the feeding box. The automatic feeder knows the daily requirements of individual animals and adapts accordingly.
Calves fed according to the 40FIT plan reach the insemination weight earlier and thus have better conditions for higher reproductive performance and a longer service life. In practice, calves achieve optimum daily increases of 800 to 1000 g. This form of intensified feeding also has other positive side effects: The calves drink more slowly because they do not feel hungry and determine the time of feeding themselves. The milk is thus better digested and growth reductions are significantly reduced. All of this leads to a higher milk yield in the first lactation.
The 40FIT Technology succeeds most dramatically only when technology and feed are optimally coordinated. Förster-Technik cooperates with leading providers of milk replacer and consulting services in order to offer farmers a harmonized feeding system. This enables the first weeks of life to provide the optimal start for future high-yield cows.
In the early feeding period, the supply should be geared to high daily increases – high-quality milk replacers in sufficiently high concentrations or whole milk are suitable for this.