Prevention of Calf Scours
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==== ====Get a Free Sample of Culbac Healthy Start for Calves and Prevent Calf Scours from Hurting YourCalves and Bottom Line.http://calveswithscours.com==== ====Deciding on what type of feeder you want to buy can be a complicated decision. You can buy calffeeders in all shapes and sizes. You have to decide for yourself whether it is worth the investment,because if you invest in such a device it usually is an investment for five till ten years.With this article the decision process is made a bit easier because a good and profitable feederneeds to have at least some, if not all of these characteristics.1) Save time and labor.One of the first things you think of; will it save me time and labor? How do I feed my calves untilnow? How much time do I need for that right now and what will it be when I buy this equipment?Those are questions you want to have answers for because it will allow you to do other things thatalso need your precious time. A good calf feeder will work without the need of you being present.2) Easy to work with.It should be designed in such a way that every step of its working process is logical and easy tounderstand. If you have to consult the manual again and again, it definitively isnt a good designeddevice.For the calves it is even more important that they can learn quickly how the feeder works. It shouldif it were, invite calves to use the feeder. After a couple of days about 90% of the calves shouldhave learned how the device works and dont need your help anymore.3) Easy to clean, disinfect and rinse.Especially milk feeders can be big sources of infection. If some calves carry a disease, it caneasily be spread by saliva from their mouth. When this saliva gets in contact with the nipple it cancause the nipple being infected with bacteria. Since the nipple is a warm and wet environment, it isideal for bacterial growth.Therefore it is important that cleaning and disinfecting should be easy to do. Things to watch forare: How clean and disinfected is the feeder after the cleansing. How many times does it have tobe done? Is it automated?4) Easy to maintain and low costs in maintenance.
Maintaining the equipment should be an easy thing to do. If you have to take half of the feederapart to be able to perform maintenance, it isnt a good device. You also dont want to performmaintenance every week. Replacing something like a nipple is OK, but not anything more.If you have to perform maintenance, you dont want to have to replace parts of the feeder everysingle time. That would be a sign that it is not designed well and would have a high price tag inmaintenance.5) Robust and simple in construction.A calf feeder needs to be robust because as the calves grow, the device has to endure more. If itis built with a simple construction, there are fewer parts that have the chance of getting broken.Therefore, with fewer components you have less maintenance and lower costs.If you look around at machines and devices in general, the ones that are made in a simple way areusually the best designed and have the lowest costs, both in purchase and maintenance.6) Price/performance ratio.Most people only look at the price when they buy a machine or device, but that is not always thebest choice. You also have to look at things like that are mentioned above to learn which device isthe cheapest in the long run.So, the things to look for are: What does it cost me now and what will I get in return for that? Youmay find that the most expensive device can be the cheapest after some years. If you look at it insuch a way, you are definitively better off.7) Easy accessible for all animals, including the low ranking calves.As in every herd, you have a ranking. The boldest animals are always first in the feeder andsometimes prevent the low ranking calves from drinking or eating. A good calf feeder is providingan alternative possibility for such calves to be able to drink or eat.A way to achieve this is that the feeder has at least two access points, apart from each other. Thiscan be, for instance, at the opposite side of the device. A bold calf cannot be at those two accesspoints at the same time, giving the low ranking calf an opportunity to feed itself.8) Improve the growth and health of the calves.With manual feeding the calves are dependent on the feeding times, which is usually only twotimes a day. With an automated calf feeder they have more possibilities to feed themselveswhenever they want. These extra possibilities can increase the growth of the calves, provided thatthere is enough capacity to give each calf the necessary time for feeding.With more intervals the amount of milk or feed per interval will be less and with that the chances ofproblems with digestion will also decrease. Diseases like calf scours, caused by nutrition, are lesslikely to occur.
It doesnt matter if calf feeders are used for milk, forage or concentrate feeding. A profitable feederneeds to have the above characteristics. It is worthwhile to invest some time to identify whichdevice is best for you. After all, this decision is about to be made for several years.A good calf feeder should save you time, labor and money plus it should also improve growth andhealth.These are important aspects as you can learn on this website. If you are able to buy such afeeder, then you know that you have bought a good one.Joost de Groot is the owner of http://calfscourstreatment.com where he provides information, tipsand resources on calf scours treatment and prevention.Article Source:http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Joost_De_Groot==== ====Get a Free Sample of Culbac Healthy Start for Calves and Prevent Calf Scours from Hurting YourCalves and Bottom Line.http://calveswithscours.com==== ====