First Fibre: The first of its kind
AUCTUS has developed a very impressive and unique product – First Fibre – to vastly improve the rumen development process in calves from the first week of life.
Joe Burke, beef and livestock manager with Bord Bia, cut the ribbon on proceedings at the product launch at the AUCTUS premises on January 26, where Joe was able to view the product for himself.
The combination of three fibrous materials – lucerne, first-generation timothy grass and dried straw – provide the necessary scratch factor to improve gut wall integrity, papillae growth and the development of primary enzymes.
An extremely-palatable, high-protein ration, coupled with a balanced vitamin, mineral and amino acid inclusion, gives superior efficiency and absorption of nutrients.
Prebiotics are also added to maximise gut health and assist the calf to establish the correct microflora/bacteria populations.
Easy to feed
On the farm of Eddie Lynch, Erne Valley Limousins, Grousehall, Loughduff, Co. Cavan, it was demonstrated to Joe how easy First Fibre is to feed.
Each 20kg heat-sealed bale is pre-sliced into approximately 2kg sections. So monitoring calves’ intakes is simple and accurate. The bale remains compact and totally fresh for this reason also.
A low-moisture content is achieved due to the unique manufacturing process, which means there is no risk of secondary fermentation or mycotoxin build up – even if the bale is opened. This has led to a long-shelf life being achieved of 12 months.
First Fibre should be fed alongside milk replacer, whole milk or the suckler cow. Fresh, clean water should be available to calves at all times. Your preferred concentrate can be fed alongside First Fibre.
Typically calves will consume between one and two bales over the rearing period. This will depend on how much concentrate is also added to the diet as the calves rumen develops.
The overall palatability and nutritional advantages of First Fibre increases intakes and develops the rumen at a much faster rate; leading to calves being weaned with sustained growth.