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 – the best way to stay in control of your calf rearing

Shine Once-a-day is Europe’s number 1 choice for Once-a-day milk feeding.

Once-a-day milk feeding has been proven worldwide for more than 30 years to produce calves on par with any other calf rearing system available. There are a few caveats.

Calves must be fed a low heat skim-based milk replacer or cow’s milk fortified with a skim-based calf milk to ensure the milk forms a firm curd in the calf’s stomach and is slowly digested throughout the day.

The milk replacer should also contain a blend of plant oils and buttermilk to increase digestion and dry feed intake.

Calves must have access to roughage concentrates and fresh water.

Why does Once-a-day milk-feeding work so well?

  • Shine Once-a-day fed calves receive the same amount of milk powder as twice- a- day calves, but in a smaller volume. The Once-a-day fed calves need to use less energy to excrete this extra liquid and they also eat more dry feed. Total energy intake is therefore higher so performance is better.
  • Feeding calves Once-a-day allows farmers to keep calves in small groups and there is no need to share teats. These two factors alone reduce disease spread and illness significantly.
  • The day is more flexible so calves get more attention allowing sick animals to be treated and isolated faster.

How much time does it free up?

Trials have demonstrated that farmers save 1 hour per calf reared and this is generally higher than on farm experience with computerised feeders.

Calves can be weaned earlier saving money and time. As rumen development is better growth rates post weaning are higher.

Feeding Shine Once-a-day

With water -200g/L mixed milk and feed 3-4 L per day

With milk add 50g/L of cow’s milk and feed 3-4L of mixture per day.

Shine Once-a-day is used to rear over 250,000 calves every year because it gives more time and more control.

Heifers hit 23-month calving target on two-tier calf milk replacer system after colostrum

Ed and Nina Jeremy run a herd of 105 pedigree British Friesians at 290-acre Wolfsdale House Farm, near Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire. Their Rosedale herd produces an annual milk yield average of 7,000 litres per cow at 3.5% protein and 4.6% butterfat with milk supplied to the First Milk Tesco Cheese Group.

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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Calf Nutrition New Zealand

During their recent visit to New Zealand Bonanza’s Christine Cummins and Amanda Dunn met with and visited several different people and facilities from research and farm advisors to key dairy and beef calf rearing units.

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