High Quality Colostrum Equals Healthy Calves

Every newborn calf presents an opportunity to improve herd production and health.

Capitalizing on that opportunity begins right away in those first 24 hours of the calf’s life, with getting the right amount of colostrum fed at the right time.

There’s one more, very important factor to the colostrum on day one: the quality. Many farmers move their colostrum 2-5 times before it even gets fed the calf, and each move increases the opportunity for bacterial contamination. At room temperature, bacteria growth doubles every 20 minutes, so even small amounts of bacteria can very quickly turn into a big problem.

Pasteurizing colostrum reduces the spread of bacteria to the vulnerable gut of the newborn calf, cutting down on scours and illness and increasing health and overall wellness in the calf even into adulthood. Dairy Tech Inc. is one of the only companies in the world with proven results in pasteurization of colostrum.

Dairy Tech’s Perfect Udder® Colostrum Management Bags are the solution for handling colostrum from harvest to feeding without the fear of re-contamination. This management tool allows the colostrum to be pasteurized, refrigerated or frozen, warmed up and fed through a nipple or esophageal feeder all from the same biosecure container.

How much colostrum does a new calf need? They should intake:

  • 15% of their body weight at birth
  • 10% in the first hour of life
  • 5% more 8-10 hours later

That is the reason they offer three, dose-specific bag sizes. The 4 Liter bag is for the first feeding to newborn calves weighing MORE THAN 30kg (66lbs), the 3 Liter bag is for the first feeding of newborn calves weighing LESS THAN 30kg (66lbs), and the 2 Liter bag is for the second feeding of ALL newborn calves.

Dairy Tech Inc. was founded in Windsor, Colorado in the late 1990’s by Rick Dumm DVM. Since then, they’ve grown to be a global leader in colostrum management and pasteurization. Total Dairy Solutions is proud to partner with Dairy Tech Inc. to give their customers access to these high quality and innovative products.

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