Using a once a day feed programme has the benefit of saving hugely on labour without any additional cost of investment. A farmer rearing 40 calves once a day can save 50 hours of work. As it takes less time to feed the calves, it allows for increased attention to detail when it comes to other calf rearing areas such as housing, bedding and illness. Key benefits of feeding once a day

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Shine Once-a-day

  • A skim based calf milk for feeding calves milk once-a-day.

  • Low heat skim milk is used to ensure  the milk forms a curd in the calf’s stomach and is slowly released throughout the day. High heat skim or whey are released within 90 minutes of feeding and are not ideal for feeding once-a-day.

  • Contains buttermilk which reduces stomach upsets and feed refusals as it acts as an emulsifier enhancing fat breakdown and it contains a lactic acid flavour. Additionally, it can reduce rotavirus infectivity.
  • Contains a blend of oils which increases digestibility of fat for the calf; it is important to have a good mix of short, medium and long chained fatty acids. Additionally, it contains a blend of Omega 6:3 that enhances calf ability to combat pneumonia.
  • Significantly reduces labour and cost associated with calf rearing. It also makes more time for stockmanship and makes the daily workload more flexible.
  • Highly digestible
  • Excellent performance in young calves
  • Easy mixing and very palatable
  • Boosted immunity
Protein Minimum 20% (milk proteins)
Fat 17% blend of 6 oils for maximum digestibility and boosted immunity
Ash Maximum 7.5%
Crude fibre Maximum 0.07%
Moisture Maximum 4.5%
Lactose < 50%
pH < 6

Use automatic feeders correctly or risk calf health farmers warned

Farmers who rear calves on automatic feeders are being advised to use them correctly or risk creating a cycle of infection that compromises health and performance.

Key benefits of feeding once a day

Using a once a day feed programme has the benefit of saving hugely on labour without any additional cost of investment.

Willie Whiteford Testimonial

A once-a-day calf feeding system is allowing a premier Ayrshire breeder to devote more time to keeping his heifer replacements in tip-top health. Six years ago, they introduced Shine- Once- a- Day milk replacer to calves at 28 days old. The system has been so successful that the family say there is no going back.

Weavian Farm Testimonial

Cath Ratcliffe moved to West Webbery Farm, Bideford, North Devon in 2013 to enable them to expand their 180 cow herd and to keep their own youngstock as it had previously been a flying herd.

John Kennedy Testimonial

A young farmer’s vision for improving calf performance on his family’s dairy farm by changing the feeding system from cow’s milk to a once-a-day milk replacer lives on after his tragic death.

Nigel Worrell Testimonial

The flexibility of a once-a-day calf feeding system has allowed a Co. Clare agricultural contracting business to expand into calf rearing, increasing numbers year on year to 250.

Jerry Moloney Testimonial

Jerry Moloney, who runs a herd of 98 pedigree Holsteins at Nenagh, Co Tipperary, first used Shine Once-A-Day to reduce time and labour in feeding his heifer replacements.

Conor Moloney Testimonial

Practical constraints which had prevented a dairy farmer from rearing milk-fed calves at an off-lying site have been overcome with the introduction of Shine Once-a-Day milk replacer.

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Calving time

Although it may not seem so, the perinatal period is the most risky period in the life of a calf. Getting a live calf on the ground is crucial in all our books, however ensuring the calf doesn’t contract disease when it gets there is another imperative battle to be fought.

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