The most important event in a calf’s early development and growth is a successful weaning from milk, for this to happen, early and proper development of the rumen is crucial. Calfage is an adlib free access feed formulated to encourage early rumen development.
We need calves to eating a balanced mix of digestible fibre and cereals with quality protein for this to happen. Calfage is a balanced feed that helps to ensure good rumen size at weaning while enabling the development of an active efficient rumen microflora . The rumen microflora converts fibre and starch into volatile fatty acids which in turn are the precursors to glucose the energy source for the weaned calf. Ample glucose production minimizes the post weaning growth check in calves. Calfage also minimizes rumen acidosis and stomach upset during the weaning period.
Calfage can be fed adlib to calves from 5 days onwards to develop a rumen microflora population, increase rumen capacity, and drive appetite and growth through the milk fed phase and weaning to maximize early growth and development so as to optimize life time performance in the animal. Calfage is the ideal feed for developing dairy heifer calves and will help them to achieve mature body weight at two years of age when they are coming into the herd to begin their productive life.
Your young stock of today is your future herd:
In the first 6 hours of life calves require 3 litres of colostrum
A calf with an underdeveloped rumen shows up at the weaning stage when the calf typically shows lack of thrive and in some cases become unhealthy due to its inability to digest grains and forages. The calf’s body is not ready to digest and absorb adequate nutrients and energy from the forage consumed and growth rates suffer. This leads to a post weaning growth check. Ensuring optimal rumen development in this earliest phase of a calf’s life is the essential physiological factor in the avoidance of post-weaning check and is something all calf rearers should be conscious of.
Post weaning growth check is influenced by various factors including stress of weaning, depressed appetite due to inadequate rumen development and increased disease incidence (pneumonia).
It makes sound economic sense to have fully utilised this important preweaning phase to adequately develop the epithelial and muscular layers of the calves rumen for this important post weaning phase.