Calves deserve good quality colostrum

Calves deserve good quality colostrum

22 May 2019

For calf health and development you can’t beat the goodness of feeding fresh colostrum and whole milk.

But it is important to maintain the integrity of the milk, and that’s why Nutrimol Colostrum Keeper is specifically designed to preserve the benefits of this unique feed source without destroying the essential compounds.

Adding Nutrimol Colostrum Keeper to fresh milk halts the effect of harmful bacterium like salmonella and coliforms while preserving the valuable elements of colostrum.

There are two dosing strategies; one preserves colostrum/whole milk for a period of time while the second option acidifies calf milk to a pH level that helps prevent the spread of Mycoplasma bovis (M. bovis).

Where colostrum or whole milk is required to be fed to calves, DairyNZ recommends taking a precautionary approach against the risk of spreading M. bovis by acidifying milk to a target pH 4.5 for a minimum of eight hours.

Nutrimol Colostrum Keeper has been laboratory-tested to confirm it can achieve the desired pH range. Full instructions are detailed on the label.

Key tips for successful storage of colostrum and whole milk

  • Treat fresh colostrum or whole milk immediately to ensure storage qualities are maintained
  • Always stir Nutrimol Colostrum Keeper thoroughly into the milk source, adding slowly as your stir
  • Stir treated milk twice a day. Do not stir vigorously for long periods of time
  • When adding more colostrum or whole milk to the existing treated milk, stir in additional Nutrimol Colostrum Keeper at the appropriate volume/ratio to the amount of milk added
  • Store treated milk in a cool place away from direct sunlight
  • Ensure vessels, milk stirrers and other equipment are clean before using
  • If clotting occurs, the milk is still usable
  • Do not heat treat milk above 40 degrees Celsius

For more information on Nutrimol Colostrum Keeper, talk to your local Farm Source TSR or visit your local Farm Source store.

Article supplied by Bell-Booth Ltd