Constant quality at the perfect temperature
The farmer decided to make the switch around two years ago. The Kalvolac Power CAIR product was introduced to the farm. “I wanted a good-quality milk powder,” explained Jan, underpinning his choice. “The result of the rearing process is more important than saving every euro on the purchase price for a sack of milk powder.” The switch to milk powder also meant the introduction of a milk shuttle for the simple and rapid transport of large quantities of milk to the calves, on a daily basis. It saves on having to lug buckets around the farm. “After two to three days on colostrum, all the calves are switched to milk powder,” explained the dairy farmer, clearly satisfied. “Diarrhoea rates have fallen because we now feed a more constant product which is also administered at the ideal temperature.” Young cattle specialist Coco has also seen an improvement. “Jan now also uses feed buckets with teats, which ensure an ideal posture for the calves. That in turn stimulates the oesophageal groove reflex. All in all, it has led to a positive change in a number of basic aspects.”
As Jan has noted, little can go wrong with this approach to calf feeding. “All my father has to do is press a button to deliver the perfect portion of milk to each calf. As well as the temperature, the quantities are also pre-programmed so that more than in the past, the feeding is identical, every day.” And the calves?
“They are fit and healthy, and that is what it is all about.”