Mike Hayes from Butlerstown in Co. Waterford feeds his heifers Proheifer milk replacer. He runs an intensive dairy unit of 160 cows and has a total stock number of 250 animals.
“We use a progressive system for our replacement heifers which includes a high quality milk replacer such as ProHeifer. Replacement calves are the biggest investment in a dairy programme. From day one, they cost money. When they come into the parlour at two years of age, they need to pay back the initial investment. If the heifer is not at the right weight or providing the optimum production levels, you are at a serious loss”.
Interchem’s ProHeifer milk replacer is ideal for farmers looking to drive performance and growth rates in their heifer calves. ProHeifer milk replacer contains 26% protein and includes the probiotic Cylactin®. Cylactin® helps with efficient digestion by maintaining balanced microbial populations in the gut, helping promote better weight gains and preventing a scour set back.
Mike uses a computerised system for feeding Interchem’s ProHeifer and says “ProHeifer works well through the system as it has a good flow and there’s no clogging up of any pipes”.
A high performance milk replacer, such as ProHeifer ensures calves get off to a good start. The use of ProHeifer milk replacer enabled Mike to reach target body weights at key milestones of weaning, breeding and calving. Mike says “I will be using ProHeifer milk replacer for the foreseeable future. ProHeifer delivered the best results. Why should I change?”
Cylactin supports efficient digestion by maintaining balanced microbial populations in the gut. Containing live Enterococcus faecium, Cylactin is a probiotic feed additive. It stabilises gut microflora and builds a better intestinal environment leading to healthier calves. Cylactin is shown to reduce digestive upsets and to increase daily live weight gain in pre-weaned calves.
Watch Waterford farmer Diarmuid talk about his experiences with ProHeifer milk replacer HERE.
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