Milk Replacer For Calf
Milk Replacer For Calf Girl coming along, I obtained her at three weeks old and had her about 3 weeks at the time of this photo, she’d filled out a lot by this photo, going from two milk feedings each day to four helped steady her down. While the wind howls and the freezing rain pelts the farm and coats the windows to the level that only grey defused light is arriving this morning, I am considering Milk Replacers. You see I was at the feed store, getting another bag of replacer for a girl, who if she lived in a typical barn would, in fact, be weaned now but I am giving her some extra months on the milk to hopefully give her the most effective begin to her life as possible. So normally I get the dog owner and old guy? at the store that my Hay guy and breeder of Girl recommended that I personally use to discover the best results.. but this time around, I obtained a young man, who said yes to the milk replacer and then asked me which of the 2 I’d like.. the 20/16 or the 20/18, that I did so not need, I needed what my girl has been on since the start, which is 24/18.. Turns out you need to make use of the keyword Replacement Calf, not only milk replacer and the surface of the line to really get your practical that one.
The reason.. cost, the 20/16 cost 40 dollars for a 20 kg bag (or about 40 pounds for the ones that don’t do Kg), the 20/18 will run you another ten dollars for the exact same size bag but what my darling Girl is on, will run you almost 70 dollars a case for the exact same size.
Now as an interesting note my cow book says and I quote? The National research council recommends employing a milk replacer with a minimum of 22 percent protein and ten percent fat, but calves are going to do better if the milk replacer contains 15 to 20 percent fat, they will grow faster and be less apt to have scours from inadequate nutrition?
I find this statement a small huh, so just why would anyone make or sell an item that time, in fact, would cause inadequate nutrition in an animal, there can only be one real answer compared to that because someone somewhere doesn’t value their critters! Do I need to even say, what they’d worry about instead.. the almighty buck comes to mind?
It also continues on to express, that you should be careful to learn your bags to see if you are getting milk based or vegetable-based proteins for Calf Milk Replacer
This one wasaeye popping one as well, because on those cheaper bags, at the very least five to eight percent of the protein listed is vegetable based, I’m sorry but as a baby, it takes milk proteins.
It could be stated that I am paying 30 dollars more to be able to give her milk, and for the reason that case, so is it. A couple other things of note, my Feed guy have been selling me a related starter, and it absolutely was working well, asked for and got a brand new bag of starter and within fourteen days noticed that Girl didn’t seem quite of the same quality, not bad at all, however, not glowing either, checked her feed and it absolutely was close but quite right, they gave me an alternative starter (the cheap kind to go with the cheap milk for the butcher calfs) so went back and got the replacement starter and in just a week, it absolutely was doing its job correctly.
Talked to my hay guy and he has changed the hay I get normally for the sheep from one field to another field for Girl, the sheep appear to love the hay and are doing really well about it but I found out that my hay guy tests his hay and then does his best to be sure his customers get the ones they want for his or her critters, I remember him asking me about the requirements for sheep and goats whenever we moved here and started buying from him and he’d always ask each spring, how did birthing go etc etc..
Now I know why, he never said why, however when I said, Girl, does not like the sheep’s hay, he went. yup, will send the boy down with hay for the calf, well, the sheep just like the calf’s hay but so does Girl, she’s eating around ten pounds plus already and drinking 8 liters of water at the time. I need to measure her but I’d say above 300 pounds if I had to have a guess.
I am truly hopeful that the extra care shown now can have lasting results in regards to her lifespan as a family milk cow.