Bespoke Feed

A high quality, high digestible fibre dairy feed.

Features

  • Sugar beet pulp based for high fibre and fermentable energy
  • Balanced, moderate levels of starch
  • Excellent levels of vitamins and minerals to balance daily requirements

Benefits

Good energy supply

  • High energy content helps balance variable forage quality
  • Gentle and slow release energy to balance the fast release energy (sugars) found in diets

Good fibre levels

  • Help promote and maintain butter fat levels

Good mineral supply

  • Protected copper – helps combat copper lock-up caused by high iron and molybdenum in fresh grass and forages
  • Protected zinc – promotes good hoof condition and udder health
  • Selplex – helps promote udder health, fertility and general health and well being.

Typical Ingredients

Sugar beet pulp, wheatfeed, palm kernel, rapeseed meal, barley, maize distillers, sunflower, molasses, soya hulls

A quality, well balanced cake for dairy cows.

Features

  • Good quality, palatable raw materials
  • Formulated to support target levels of milk production
  • Excellent levels of vitamins and minerals to balance daily requirements

Benefits

  • Formulated energy and protein
  • Balanced levels of fermentable energy and protein to target milk production

Good mineral supply

  • Protected copper – helps combat copper lock-up caused by high iron and molybdenum in fresh grass and forages
  • Protected zinc – promotes good hoof condition and udder health
  • Selplex – helps promote udder health, fertility and general health and well being.

Typical Ingredients

Wheat, wheatfeed, rapeseed meal, palm kernel, soya hulls, sugar beet pulp, sunflower, molasses, field beans

A high quality, well balanced cake with good energy levels for dairy cows.

Features

  • High energy
  • High levels of starch and sugar
  • Excellent levels of vitamins and minerals to balance daily requirements

Benefits

Good energy supply

  • High energy content helps balance variable forage quality
  • High levels of rumen fermentable energy as starch and sugars
  • Helps ‘mop up’ high protein levels in grazing and high D value silages

Good mineral supply

  • Protected copper – helps combat copper lock-up caused by high iron and molybdenum in fresh grass and forages
  • Protected zinc – promotes good hoof condition and udder health
  • Selplex – helps promote udder health, fertility and general health and well being.

Typical Ingredients

Wheat, wheatfeed, rapeseed meal, barley, palm kernel, hypro soya, field beans, molasses, maize distillers, sunflower

A high energy, high starch and sugar based dairy cake for high performance dairy cows.

Crucial to getting the performance that we need is making sure that the first 3 months of growth is optimised.

Growing calves well is not only satisfying to most of us personally, but it can also massively enhance your wealth too. Look at these latest figures from Holstein UK and you will see that many of you are breeding long living cows, the result of which is high profit contribution to your business. So shouldn’t we ALL be able to do this and not just by resorting to cross breeding?

Crucial to getting the performance that we need is making sure that the first 3 months of growth is optimised.

This goes for beef units too as the key driver to a faster more cost effective finish is the size of the calf at 90 days and its ability to digest forage or anything that is put into the rumen.

Unfortunately EBLEX figures for beef and dairy calves, collected from actual farm data across the UK, show an average national growth rate of about 0.47kg/day in the first 80 days. Put alongside this, the fact that nationally more than 20% of heifers fail to finish their first lactation and you can start to see why many farms are struggling to optimise their potential.

For the last 3 years I have been refining a diet called Calf Accelerator that encourages the rumen to develop faster. This has a number of advantages, the most important of which is that you will end up with a bigger heifer at 2 years old or finish a steer or bull significantly faster than normal. If you look at the graph you can see the sort differences that we can see in finishing time for a black and white steer when we get the early phase right. Growth rates of up to 0.85kg/day in this early phase are achievable with this giving us the spring board for 625kg heifers at 22-24 months old.

There is often a view that nothing is better than lots of milk, and in some ways if the concentrate that you are feeding alongside is not good enough then milk can look like it does a far better job. However, milk is only cheap if you are using stuff that you would normally throw away (and then of course you have the risk of diseases like Johnes to contend with) otherwise both milk and powder are relatively expensive. Alongside that you have the problems of weaned calves often going backwards at this stage. You just can’t afford to affect the growth phase heavily at this point and calves will go backwards if their rumen is not developed and they are expected to grow by eating forage and cake.

Controlling milk input by feeding the right concentration of powder and volume, plus feeding calf Accelerator will see better growth and a more cost effective rearing system.

Calf Accelerator encourages the rumen papillae to grow at a faster rate due to the ingredients creating a superior environment for them to establish.

Rumen papillae are the finger like projections that grow out from the rumen wall and increase its surface area and ability to digest feed. Remember that milk is digested in the abomasum and does not encourage the rumen to develop whatsoever, in fact over feeding milk often causes scour if it over flows into the rumen and will damage rumen papillae growth too.

Key to the success of Accelerator is palatability, presentation and the use of high quality ingredients that encourage rapid rumen development. Produced as a 6mm nut you will get no sorting of ingredients like you see in a course mix and no slimy paste at the bottom of the bucket that you see with 3mm pellets. All breeds other than jerseys can take this nut in their first week of life. Jersey calves with a smaller mouth sometimes require a week of growth before they are able to take the nut.

Further product development means that the mineral pack is also vastly superior. Containing superior elements such as Availa Zinc for example at the documented requirement level allows us to maximise bone and tissue development whilst boosting the immune status of the calf.  So we can start to have an effect on controlling things like ring worm that can significantly impair growth rates.

Overall the key benefit is bigger and faster grown heifers/bulls/steers that will enhance your profit by putting money in the bank quicker and in the case of heifers the ability to cope better with the pressures of herd life.

Speak to our specialists to find out how simple it is for you to achieve a better start for your future.

Pete Davis  – Ruminant Nutritionist

Use Dry Cow Xtra containing the calcium binder X-Zelit.

It’s a fact that on many farms the dry period is seen as an inconvenience. Where do we put them, what should we feed them and so often “out of sight, out of mind” is the name of the game. Unfortunately not taking this group seriously probably affects your bottom line more than anything else that you do with your cows.

It’s safe to say that 6 weeks pre-calving and 6 weeks post calving are the most important. That’s 12 weeks or 84 days or just 23% of one year in a cows life, but believe me get it wrong and not only does it affect her performance, but also her ability to survive in your herd.

There are many potential dry cow diet solutions, but all of them revolve around achieving total control of the inputs in the diet with very little margin for change. If you can achieve this level of control then partial DCAD can handle things comfortably. However, want to add grass or grass silage into your dry cow diet and you suddenly add a very variable element to the mix and if grass is a fundamental part of your milking cow diet then surely it should be part of the dry cow diet to allow the rumen to prepare for the milking diet?

The solution is to use Dry Cow Xtra containing the calcium binder X-Zelit.

Binding calcium means that the cow’s natural homeostatic response is triggered, so that she can mobilise calcium from her own reserves. This is fundamental because her requirement for calcium suddenly elevates to allow the production of colostrum 2-3 days before calving. If she is mobilising calcium naturally then there will be no problem with milk fever. This mode of action is not to be confused with that of DCAD, which works by creating an un-natural acidic environment in the cow leading to lower ph blood (higher acidity) which physically causes the animal to mobilise calcium by aggressively scavenging it from her skeleton.

Once you understand how the calcium binder works then you can understand the benefits. Grazing and grass silage are particularly high in the UK in calcium; if these are fed to a dry cow her natural response is to believe that plenty of calcium is available and she does not need to top it up from her reserves. Therefore when faced with an increased demand her inability to respond fast enough leads to calcium deficiency (milk fever). This is exaggerated by the fact that potassium also high in grass affects calcium and more importantly magnesium absorption.

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