Milk Protein: for maximum protein digestibility and utilization by the calf.
Organic Trace Minerals: for optimum bioavailability.
Plasma: a highly digestible source of functional proteins, which enhance immunoglobulin levels for optimal intestinal environment and protection against disease causing pathogens.
MOS: a yeast extract prebiotic to develop and support a healthy gut microbiome and increase nutrient absorption.
b-Glucan: A natural prebiotic that promotes the innate immune system’s ability to fight pathogens.
MCTs: Medium chain triglycerides allow for maximum energy to be quickly allocated to growth and development.
Balanced Fatty Acid Profile: Broader source of energy for growth and optimal weight gain. Mimics whole milk profile for more efficient utilization.
Superior Mixability: Protein encapsulated fats provide unique technology for superior mixing, and improved fat digestibility for increased performance.
|Vitamin A||(Min)||20000 IU/LB|
|Vitamin D3||(Min)||5000 IU/LB|
|Vitamin E||(Min)||150 IU/LB|
Dried whey protein concentrate, dried skim milk, lard (preserved with BHA, BHT, and citric acid), dried whey product, dried bovine plasma, dried whey solubles, coconut oil, soybean oil (preserved with TBHQ and citric acid), dicalcium phosphate, DL-methionine, L-lysine, yeast extract, calcium carbonate, silicon dioxide, Vitamin E supplement, ascorbic acid, Vitamin A acetate, Vitamin B12 supplement, niacinamide, biotin, folic acid, d-Calcium pantothenate, Vitamin D3 supplement, riboflavin, thiamine mononitrate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of Vitamin K3), magnesium oxide, choline chloride, iron amino acid complex, zinc methionine complex, manganese methionine complex, selenium yeast, brewers’ dried yeast, copper sulfate, potassium iodide, cobalt sulfate, artificial flavor, soy lecithin, polyoxyethylene glycol (400) mono- and dioleates (preserved with BHA), ethoxylated mono and diglycerides
Batch feeding: Add water at 120°F to half the desired final volume. Mix in total amount of MR until a uniform solution is obtained. Add remaining water to desired final volume and complete mixing. Feed at 102-107°F. Mix rate is 1.1lbs of MR per 1 gallon of final volume. Use a scale to weigh every feeding. Inspect and clean equipment daily.
Automatic feeders: Program your feeder to provide 150 g of MR per 1 L water. Ensure water temperature at mixing is 108-112°F (42-45°C). Inspect and clean equipment daily, including mixer, lines, and nipples.
Large batches, 2x feeding: Mix 5.5 lbs of MR with water to a final volume of 5 gallons.
Recommended 2x daily feeding for average weight calves in mild environments
|Week 1-2||Week 3-4||Week 5-7||Week 8-9|
|Milk Replacer Volume||0.85 lb||1.1 lb||1.3 lb||Step down weaning over 10-21 days|
|Final Volume||3 qts||4 qts||4.5 qts|
|Total powder fed per day||1.7 lbs||2.2 lbs||2.6 lbs|
For individualized feeding schedules for specific breeds, winter feeding, or circumstances specific to your operation, please consult with your Poulin Grain Dairy Nutrition Advisor.
General Calf feeding recommendations:
These recommendations are a standard guideline and should be adjusted to individual calf needs.
High quality colostrum should be given within 2-6 hrs of birth to provide at least 200 g of IgG. Feed 2-3 feedings
Begin feeding milk replacer on the 2nd day of life.
Start to wean when calf is over 48 days of age. Wean by stepping down MR intake over 10-21 days while starter intake increases. Target 4lb of starter intake for 3 consecutive days. Example: Reduce total intake to 6 qts for 3-4 days; then to 4 qts for 4-6 days; then to 2 qts for 3-5 days.
Fresh water and high-quality starter should always be offered free choice.
For Calves and Heifers:
Feed large breed calves 4 quarts of high quality colostrum within 2 hours of birth and again 12 hours later. Adjust amounts for small breed calves. If colostrum quality or quantity is low, consider using a colostrum supplement or replacer.
Offer free choice water from day 2.
Offer free choice calf starter from day 3, starting with a small amount, and increasing as they begin to eat. Calves weaned at 8 weeks of age or less should be consuming 3-4 pounds of starter grain per head per day. Never let calves go without available starter.
Wean calves off milk over a 10-16 day period.
At 12 weeks, gradually switch to heifer grower pellet, offering increasing amounts of hay.
Milk Replacer Feeding:
See product tag for feeding guidelines for optimal biologic growth.
Weigh MR powder every feeding for accuracy and consistency.
Mix MR powder in 110-120° F. water. Feed to calves soon thereafter, at 105° F.
Mix MR powder thoroughly with half of the desired final liquid volume. Add water to reach final volume and temperature; mix or whisk solution thoroughly. Feed immediately.
For large mixing batches, agitate while dispensing to individual feeding containers to prevent settling.
Acidified Milk Replacer Feeding:
Check milk replacer solution pH prior to feeding to ensure 4.0-4.5 pH.
Keep at 70-90°F after mixing and feed free choice via nipple feeder.
Mix fresh every 24-28 hours.
Keep equipment, nipples and hoses clean daily.
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