Imunopro fortifies Volac’s new Lifeguard milk formula range
Young animal nutrition specialist Volac has launched a new range of calf milk replacers that has been performance formulated to give dairy and beef calves the best possible start in life.
The company’s new Lifeguard milk formula range has been designed to meet the rapidly evolving demands of modern calf rearers.
Based on concentrated whey protein, which makes up the majority of the protein fraction of natural cow colostrum, the new milk replacers incorporate only the highest-quality ingredients.
“All our new products incorporate Imunopro – a concentrated whey protein base material packed with the vital amino acids, fats, sugars and immunoglobulins so necessary for healthy calf growth and development,” said global product manager Niall Jaggan.
Volac makes Imunopro from liquid whey and then formulates in a balanced range of high-quality nutrition and health ingredients to meet modern calf development requirements.
The first phase is liquid blending; the Imunopro milk complex is balanced with the necessary additional protein, oils and sugars required to allow calves to hit optimum growth and development targets when fed recommended daily amounts of milk replacer.
“The protein is balanced to ensure calves will be fed the optimum amount of true protein in the form of essential amino acids. It is important to appreciate that the crude protein content on the bag label does not give you an indication of the usable protein available to the calf,” Jaggan pointed out.
“The oil is balanced with high-quality vegetable fats to mimic the milk fat profile, plus the addition of butyrate (C4:0), which has been shown recently to improve gut health.
“The sugars are also balanced to ensure the final milk replacer product contains the correct energy level to meet accepted target growth rates.
“The fully-balanced liquid blend is then spray dried for optimum mixability, palatability and consistency before, finally, the addition of Volac’s proven package of health ingredients (Gardion and Nutry-Lyst), plus enhanced levels of vitamins and minerals,” Jaggan said.
Six calf milk replacer products make up the new Lifeguard range for calf rearers, with each product performance formulated to meet specific growth rate targets:
- High-performance Heiferlac – drives 900g of calf growth per day;
- Golden Maverick Hi Spec and Blossom Hi Spec – the considered solution for large herds also looking to achieve 900g of calf growth per day;
- Golden Maverick and Blossom Easymix – the tried and trusted product to drive 750g of calf growth per day;
- Olympian – the cost-effective solution specially designed for beef or mixed enterprises.
As well as pouring over 40 years of young animal nutrition experience into every bag of milk replacer, Volac also delivers technical support through its Feed for Growth calf rearing educational platform and a comprehensive range of calf feeding equipment.
The company offers fully computerised feeding systems as well as more basic set ups – allowing farmers the flexibility to choose the optimum system for their particular calf rearing operation.