Calf nutrition programs come in all shapes and sizes, and every calf raiser has unique goals. The best calf nutrition program is one that delivers the best results to meet your specific goals.
“We understand that calf raisers’ goals are not all the same. Regardless of your goals, it’s important to provide calves with the right nutrition at the right time, every time,” says Sara Sievert, director of commercial business development at Milk Products, manufacturer of Calf Solutions® products. “Calves can face a variety of unique challenges. Look to a flexible line of calf nutrition and health products to help your calves feel and perform their best while also meeting your business needs.”
Use nutritional tools to help optimize calf health from birth to weaning:
1. Quality colostrum sets the stage for lifetime performance
Getting newborn calves off to a great start begins with feeding high-quality colostrum. In general, the sooner calves get colostrum – and the higher the amount of colostrum fed at first feeding – the better the transfer of immunity1.
When high-quality maternal colostrum is not available, feed colostrum replacers derived from bovine colostrum. A highly concentrated colostrum replacer, such as Ultra Start® 150, provides at least 150 grams of globulin protein per calf feeding to achieve successful passive transfer. For successful passive transfer and additional immunity support, consider Ultra Start® 150 PLUS.
2. Whole milk: Make a good thing even better
Whether you feed whole milk or a combination of whole milk and milk replacer, find the balance that’s right for your calves. Whole milk supplements can help enhance or extend your current whole milk supply.
Whole milk extenders are formulated to help minimize pasteurized milk supply inconsistencies. They also help deliver protein and fat for economical daily gain, while providing calves with necessary vitamins and organic trace minerals.
Whole milk fortifiers, such as Whole Milk AddVantage®, can help provide calves with a consistent amount of vitamins and organic trace minerals, which are often deficient in whole milk.
3. Maintain a toolbox of calf health solutions
Taking proactive measures can help mitigate calf health challenges. If health issues do arise, having a selection of health solutions on-hand can help you provide calves with the additional support they need.
Some key proactive calf health solutions include:
• Keep calves hydrated: Choose an electrolyte, such as TheraCaf® PLUS, that does more than just rehydrate. Look for a product that hydrates, energizes and colonizes beneficial microbes in a calf’s gut at the onset of a health challenge.
• Help build calf immunity: Take a proactive stance on health with immunity support supplements, such as SmartCare®, that can help balance gut microflora and antioxidant activity in a calf’s digestive system.
• Treat scours and pneumonia: At the onset of scours or pneumonia, streamline your calf health regimen by using a concentrate, like Scours & Pneumonia Treatment Concentrate2, which you can easily add to non-medicated milk replacers.
• Keep pesky flies away: An economical way to add fly control to whole milk or milk replacer by using an add-pack, such as elim-A-fly®.
“When it comes to calf nutrition, every perspective matters. The Calf Solutions® portfolio is developed to fit seamlessly into your existing calf nutrition program so your calves get the right nutrition at the right time, every time,” says Sievert.
To build your program and learn more visit calfsolutions.com.
Milk Products, based in Chilton, Wis., manufacturers high-quality animal milk replacers and young animal health products. Using its innovative manufacturing technology, Milk Products produces over 700 unique animal nutrition products for numerous independent feed manufacturers, wholesale distributors, and large retail chains. Our customers choose whether these products are sold under their private label brand, or under the Calf Solutions® brand which is manufactured and marketed by Milk Products.
1USDA-NAHMS Dairy 2014. “Dairy 2014: Dairy Cattle Management Practices in the United States.” February 2016.
2Calf Solutions® Scours & Pneumonia Concentrate requires a VFD.
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