Clinton, Knox farms install automatic calf feeders as tech evolves
In the small room next to the calf area, a machine is funneling milk replacer through the tube to the calf. Once it’s had 5 quarts of the liquid, the machine will stop sending the food its way.
When the calf enters the area to reach the computerized milking system, flanked by two guardrails, a black sensor box on its left reads a yellow chip in the calf’s left ear. The program keeps track of each calf separately, monitoring how much they drink. None are given more than 5 quarts and if they drink less, the farmers know to check up on them.