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Warm milk calf feeding system
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Billy Hogue    Posted 03-22-2002 at 01:23:40       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I am looking for a machine that will keep milk replacer warm for calves while I am at work. I am alone and don't have any help. Any suggestions?


Jennifer    Posted 04-12-2002 at 19:40:17       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Billy, It's been my experince that milk replacer will cause bloat, & bad if fed in large quaintys,if you feel you need to feed free choice milk replacer by all means "feed it cold". They will just eat a few sucks at a time as they get cold & will go back to the heat lamp to get warm.But I agree with some of the other letters that says to stick to 2 or 3 feedings a day.Calves are gluttons & will over eat & die if given half a chance.


Jerry S    Posted 03-26-2002 at 14:08:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
I don't think you should keep milk replacer mixed up and warm all the time. I think you would grow some nasty bacteria and cause some real problems. Feed the bottle using warm milk about 105 degrees like the cow has and you should be fine. I wouldn't ever let a calf have all the milk they want as that will make them sick.


screaminghollow    Posted 03-22-2002 at 20:25:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
Now, I am just a dumb city boy who got lost in the country, but I've raised a few dozen bottle fed calves and never lost a one. The first feeding that I have them, they get formula medicated for scours. For first three days I have them, they are fed a half bottle of 20-20 (protein/fat) replacer, three times per day. After that, a full bottle of milk replacer, twice per day.
After each feeding I give each calf plain hot water, up to a half gallon per feeding. When they get to three weeks old, they get a gallon of hot water after each bottle. They get free choice of 18% calf starter, which I start putting in their mouths after the first week. At about one month, I slowly cut down the hot water.
I do keep them in a warm stall, about 60 degrees, (with heat lamps) , until they are six weeks old. In the bottom of an old bank barn, it is easy to pile bales of straw or hay up around the stall to insulate the stall.
My neighbor says I do everything wrong, but he loses about 25% of his calves.


realfarmer    Posted 03-22-2002 at 06:32:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
I used to have a machine like that, but didn't use it too long. Might have had a name like 'Calfeteria'. Mixed and heated milk replacer on a timed basis. Really is no need to go beyond the twice a day 12/12 schedule, but you could try using a small (150 watt?) magnet mount heater used on crankcases. Put it under a metal container (small steel sink?), protected from access by the calves. You'd still have the problem of mix separation, unless you used cow's milk instead of milk replacer.


Denny    Posted 03-24-2002 at 14:26:57       [Reply]  [Send Email]
If you use powdered milk replacer, why not use warm water? Denny


Realfarmer    Posted 03-25-2002 at 21:31:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
Denny- if your reply was meant for me- I do use warm water with the milk replacer on 2x feedings. The suggestion about the heater was for the fellow who asked the original question about how to keep the milk replacer warm.


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