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Milk Replacers

Animal Plasma Protein Tech Bulletin

Animal plasma is not only a source of high quality nutrients, it also provides unique functional proteins that have beneficial effects on the integrity and function of the small intestine, improving its barrier function and ultimately improving calf performance.


Hydrolyzed Wheat Gluten Tech Bulletin

Hydrolyzed wheat gluten is a highly digestible protein source and provides similar performance results to all milk protein milk replacer. Hydrolyzed wheat gluten is typically included as a complement to animal plasma protein in milk replacers.

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Proven Performance of Wheat & Plasma Proteins

This research review shows better weight gain and more starter intake with fewer scour and treatment days for calves fed milk replacer containing wheat and animal plasma proteins

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The Science of Mixing Milk Replacers Video

What could be simpler than mixing a bit of powder with water? However, a surprising number of issues can creep up that affect measuring, mixing and feeding milk replacer. This movie explains how milk replacer is put together, proper mixing procedures, what can go wrong and the effects on the calf. Basic management tools and how to evaluate the milk replacer mixing and feeding program are discussed.

Alternative Proteins For Milk Replacers Video

Alternative, non-milk proteins can provide both a cost savings and performance advantage compared to all-milk proteins in calf milk replacers. This video takes a look at the current use, benefits and potential of animal plasma, hydrolyzed wheat protein and soy protein in calf milk replacers.

Procream -- Nutritional and Health Benefits in Animal Nutrition
Future Perspective On Accelerated Milk Replacer Feeding Video

Accelerated milk replacer feeding programs (also known as intensive, enhanced, full-potential or biologically appropriate growth feeding programs) were introduced as an alternative to conventional calf feeding strategies. These programs implement higher milk replacer feeding levels aimed at improvements in growth, health, age at first calving and milk production. This videos looks at the research supporting these objectives and provides a perspective on current and future application of these feeding strategies.


Milk Replacer Medications

The Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD)

The Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) becomes effective on Jan 1, 2017. Any medically important antibiotics will be subject to the feed directive rule — this includes Oxytetracyline/Neomycin Sulfate. This video provides an overview of the VFD regulation and the process for distributing animal feeds containing a VFD drug.

Medication Options for Milk Replacers

…an overview of the inclusion levels and uses of the different medications that can be added to milk replacers during manufacturing

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Deccox vs. Bovatec

…describes the modes of action of Deccox and Bovatec and ways to assure calves receive adequate coccidia protection as they grow

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Milk Replacer Additives

ClariFly - Fly Season

This tech bulletin shows the different fly season lengths across the United States and when to add ClariFly to milk replacer to achieve best protection.

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Calf Management & Facilities

Building a Strong Future
This movie documents one farm’s transition from a group-housed, acidified waste milk calf rearing system to a group-housed, computerized milk replacer feeding system in a new facility. The technology incorporated into the new calf barn and the effects of these changes on animals and people are highlighted.

Winterize Your Calf Feeding Program
Cold temperatures mean extra demands on the calf to stay warm and grow. This movie describes adjustments to calf feeding and management programs to support and protect calves as the temperature drops.

Calf Management Tips Video Series

Calf Management Tips: Dehydration Evaluation

A brief look at techniques for evaluating the hydration status of calves. The skin tent test is highlighted and appropriate rehydration is discussed.


Calf Management Tips: Lidocaine Blocking & Dehorning

Dehorning calves can be a painful process. Blocking the cornual nerve  with lidocaine numbs the horn bud area and controls the pain associated with disbudding. In this movie, Elizabeth demonstrates how to block the nerve and dehorn a calf using a butane dehorner.

Calf Management Tips: Esophageal Tube Feeder

An esophageal tube feeder is an essential tool for feeding colostrum to newborn calves and for administering fluids to sick or dehydrated calves. For some calf raisers, the idea of tubing a calf may cause some anxiety over possibly hurting the calf or causing fluids to enter the lungs. Using good technique minimizes the possibility of harming the calf. In this video, Elizabeth demonstrates the proper technique for inserting the tube and administering fluids.

Calf Management Tips: Administering Intravenous Injections


Medications such as Banamine® (for pain) must be injected directly into a vein. In this movie, Elizabeth demonstrates how to administer an intravenous injection to a young calf.

Calf Management Tips: Nesting Score


This episode of Calf Management Tips focuses on bedding for calves. Weather conditions are a major factor when it comes to assuring that calves have appropriate bedding. This movie provides descriptions and examples of nesting scores for calves.