Feeding colostrum to newborn calves is the most important step a dairy farmer can take to ensure a healthy animal. The calf receives not only necessary energy for growth and essential immunity but also natural growth hormones reducing the need for artificial ones later in life. Properly feeding and caring for colostrum is called colostrum management.
Basic colostrum feeding system
A basic colostrum management system is one that feeds 4 quarts of colostrum within 2 hours after birth as per the minimum standard colostrum recommendation.
Better colostrum feeding system
Improved colostrum management system starts with colostrum testing, and includes clean colostrum storage, controlled colostrum thawing, and fast colostrum feeding.
Best colostrum feeding system
The Golden Calf Company offers the best colostrum management system. The fool-proof components work together to save big money in labor costs and training costs of the maternity area. The system focuses on the newborn calf, consistently achieving colostrum feeding within 30 minutes after birth, resulting in healthier calves.
With Calf Hero System you know that you are getting all your tools on day one and there are no surprises. This system brings with it tools that help you keep colostrum handling safe and sanitary from sterile storage bags to a freezer, all the way to cleaning supplies. Simply choose the size of the unit that will fit your dairy the best and all the rest will arrive with it.
Choose Your Colostrum Pasteurizer
All our colostrum pasteurizers are equipped with a colostrum thaw feature. For those dairies who want to improve their colostrum handling but don’t need pasteurization, jump to our colostrum thaw section. Depending on the size of your dairy and your needs, we have four different pasteurizer units for you to choose from:
The smartest colostrum pasteurizer on the market is intended for large dairies. The Calf Hero™ 12 colostrum pasteurizer can handle up to 12 individual colostrum meals for both pasteurizing and thawing. It offers state-of-the-art technology with SmartErrors handling and automated text messaging alerts. Calf Hero 12 brand state of the art colostrum pasteurizer details and features
The newest colostrum pasteurizer on the market is intended for growing dairies. The Calf Hero™ 6 can handle up to six individual colostrum meals for both pasteurizing and thawing. It features the ability to communicate in multiple languages and even offers a three types of cleaning cycles Calf Hero 6 Colostrum pasteurizer system details and features
The midsize dairy’s colostrum pasteurizer of choice is the Maxx 4. Able to handle 4 colostrum meals at a time, it offers both pasteurizing and thawing cycles as well as a basic ability to log cycles. ColoQuick Maxx 4 Colostrum Management details and features
With two meal capacity, the Pasteur 2 is a great starter unit for dairies that would like to pasteurize their colostrum. Also capable of thawing, this unit offers you a jump start on colostrum management. ColoQuick Pasteur 2 details and features.
Colostrum Thaw and Warming
For those who are looking to improve their colostrum management without the need to pasteurize. The thaw unit can handle two colostrum meals at a time. ColoQuick Thaw details and features.
3 simple steps to feeding colostrum
1. Choose good quality colostrum from your Colostrum Freezer Bank. Each green cartridges contains a colostrum bag and can be easily labeled with quality of colostrum (IgG), cow number, quantity, or collection date.
3 simple steps to collect colostrum
4. Upon collection of colostrum from the first milking, test the colostrum quality with a colostrometer or a Golden Calf Company Refractometer then use our stainless steel filling station to fill up a 4 qt colostrum bag.