Fresh Start Improve “Within five weeks scour treatments dropped from two a week to zero.”

With a staggering 15% of dairy heifers born alive failing to make it through to rearing, producers are finding that small changes to calf diets can have a huge impact on not only survival rates but also overall health.

Hefin Davies, who milks 300 Holsteins in Pembrokeshire, and calves all year round, has
been feeding Downland’s Fresh Start® Improve and has seen a significant improvement in calf health. “We started feeding the product last autumn and have seen a reduction in scour cases and improved growth rates. It’s hard to quantify but overall the calves are just healthier.

This is mirrored in a trial that took place on Tony Blamire’s farm in Aikton, Cumbria.
“Within five weeks of the product going in the milk, scour treatments dropped from two
a week to zero,” says William Blamire, Tony’s son. “Interestingly, when Fresh Start® Improve was taken out, two calves were treated for scours within that week.”

 

Reducing the incidence of scours can make a huge difference to farm profitability, Mark
Lowden, Downland Marketing said “Scours are reported as one of the biggest causes of
on-farm calf mortality and even if the animal survives, treatment is costly and there are long term production losses.

“We know that it’s essential for a calf to develop and maintain a healthy and strong
gut wall, to maximise daily weight gain and reduce any growth checks at weaning.
“Fresh Start® Improve is a unique combination of natural ingredients specially formulated to maximise calf growth, immune response and gut health,” continues Mark, “Added to either powdered or whole milk, the product fed at 7g/calf/day, not only binds harmful bacteria in the gut reducing the risk of scour, but also provides antioxidants which have been proven to increase antibody levels and reduce the number of days the calf is sick.”

To find out more about Fresh Start Improve click here.

15th March 2018