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Milk Replacer was first invented in the early 1950’s in an effort to allow dairyman an economical alternative to feeding calves saleable milk.  Research into calf milk feeding has come a long way over those years! There are now a variety of milk replacers and milk feeding systems available.

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Colostrum is a secretion of the mammary gland. It is produced in the final stage of pregnancy and in the first days after calving. Colostrum is a superfood designed to provide the calf with necessary nutrients, biologically active ingredients, and immune enhancing properties.

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In the early day’s farmers would feed an egg in the milk for calves with scours. The chickens roamed the farm looking for food and at the same time were exposed to various pathogens. Once the chickens were exposed to a pathogen, they naturally produce an antibody to fight that disease. Individual chickens vary in their ability to produce antibodies. 

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Once the calf is born the clock starts ticking!  Swiftness in caring for the new baby is essential to reduce stress, reduce pathogen load, and aid IgG absorption. Here are few things that need to be done within the first hour of a calves life.

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More than 35% of all dairy cattle have at least 1 clinical disease event in the first 90 days of their lactation. It is important to have a solid protocol in place for transition cows to aid them in the onset of milk production, and help them maintain good health. 

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